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This Farming Man celebrated his birthday this week.

Megan made an amazing triple-chocolate cake, which we ate after our annual pilgrimage to my favorite Indian restaurant. And Brian got me two loaf pans, so that I can start baking my own bread. (Yes, maybe this will be the year that I finally stop talking about it and actually do it…)

He also got me these great dishtowels from Martha Stewart with chickens on them. This Farming Man likes chickens…

 

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The other day, I finally got around to using the bundt pan I bought a few months ago. I used this Martha Stewart recipe for the cake, and then I played around with some ingredients on my own for the icing.

The cake was a little on the dry side. My oven runs cool, so I usually increase baking times. But with this, I should have stuck with what the recipe instructed.

And as you can see, the icing was a little too thick to really pour down over the sides of the cake and was mostly concentrated up at the top.

So my first bundt wasn’t a complete success. But no worries, I still ate the whole thing…

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Last night, I went to a potluck dinner with Brian and some of his friends from Tennessee. My contribution to the meal was a chess pie, which is a quintessentially Southern dessert, although apparently there are some variations from New England. It’s basically pure sugar, so some recipes include a teaspoon of vinegar to tone down the sweetness a bit.

I started with a recipe from Martha Stewart and added some unsweetened chocolate instead of the vinegar, so the finished pie tasted like brownies. It puffed up in the oven when it was baking and then settled as it cooled, so I covered the cracked top with some whipped cream when I served it…

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Today was cold and overcast, and after a quick trip to the grocery store in the morning, staying inside and baking felt like the right thing to do. So this afternoon I made peanut butter cookies.

The recipe came from My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness, which was written by Gwyneth Paltrow (a This Farming Man favorite). Keep reading…

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When I was little, my mom found a recipe for Christmas cookies in the newspaper, and she’s made them almost every year since. They’re just basic sugar cookies with a simple powdered sugar icing, but they are delicious. Whenever I visit my parents during the holidays, I rush to the kitchen to see if my mom has baked them yet.

This year, I decided to make them myself. Thankfully, I had a new marble rolling pin (an early Christmas present from Brian), and I had just bought some Silpat baking mats, which made the process a whole lot easier.

But it still took me all afternoon, and by the end of the day when I was finally icing the last cookie, I was thinking about my upcoming visit to my parents’ house. As Megan says, there are some things in life you just let your mom do for you no matter how old you are…

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This weekend, Brian and I went to dinner at VOLT, the restaurant co-owned by chef Bryan Voltaggio. He and his twin brother were once contestants on Bravo’s Top Chef. (Apparently, he came in second… right behind his brother.) VOLT opened in 2008 and was promptly nominated for a James Beard Award for “Best New Restaurant.”

The restaurant is located about an hour’s drive outside the city in Frederick, Maryland, so we left in the early afternoon to walk around its historic downtown area and enjoy the beautiful weather before our 9pm reservation. By the time we sat down to eat, we had worked up a big appetite.

Not surprisingly, the food was delicious, and we ate way too much. So much that we didn’t need to order a second dessert. But of course, we did…

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Yesterday, Brian and I decided to go on a day trip into the country to enjoy the first cool weekend we’ve had in a while. Of course, it ended up raining, but it was still nice to leave the city behind for a few hours.

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