Fudge is a holiday essential. As people gather around the array of cookies and confections, there are those of us who clamor for the fudge. Families often have their secret recipes that they keep hidden, only bringing them out around Christmas.
I offer you a festive little beverage that can be enjoyed by the adults, but is easily adapted for the kiddos, too. For the younger set, we call this sparkling pomegranate orange punch. For the over 21 crowd, we add vodka and call these pomegranate orange Moscow mules.
I’m a fan of the underdog. I love to see the least likely succeed, the marginalized find a voice, and the outcast find a place to belong. While this may sound like political commentary, or perhaps a way to decide which team to root for at football games, I assure you, today we are talking about cauliflower.
The carved pumpkins are gone, the Halloween costumes are put away, the candy is stashed for mom-supervised rationing. This year was the best Halloween yet because my 11-year-old son had the brilliant idea that he would dress up as a hot dog and my partner and I would be ketchup and mustard.
I have been making this cake for years and it has never let me down. It’s tender and moist, with rich chocolate flavor, bolstered by freshly brewed coffee in the batter. I have never once had trouble getting the layers out of the pans or assembling this cake. The frosting is excellent, a beautiful milk chocolate color, and not too sweet.