Monthly Archives: October 2016


A Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte in a jar.

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte in a Jar

It simply isn’t Halloween without watching Young Frankenstein at least once. While Doctor Frederick Frankenstein (that’s Fronk-en-steen) may not be partial to desserts, he does enjoy a nice schwarzwälder kirschtorte. What is schwarzwälder kirschtorte? You might know it as Black Forest cake. A classic dessert that pairs perfectly with an evening spent watching this classic film. But just like Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks put a spin on this classic spooky tale, I’ve put my own twist on this classic dessert. So grab your lab coats and an assistant, raid the kitchen cupboards, and bake up this diabolically delicious schwarzwälder kirschtorte […]


A plate of Mr. Hyde's Sinful Fancies and a glass of Dr. Jekyll Potion.

Bookworm Café | Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Mad scientists, bubbling potions, and devilish monsters straight from your nightmares. All of these and more are found lurking in the pages of Robert Louis Stevenson’s beloved novella, “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. Bring this classic horror story to life in your kitchen with two simple recipes. Brew up your own draught of Dr. Jekyll’s Potion, or perhaps indulge yourself with one of Mr. Hyde’s Sinful Fancies. Both recipes are monstrously delicious and set the tone for any spooky celebration. But beware! You never know what may be prowling in the shadows…


A bowl of roasted pumpkin seeds.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin season is officially in full-swing. Grocery stores and farm stands have stacks of pumpkins. Doorsteps are adorned with pumpkins of every size. And families are visiting local pumpkin patches to pick that perfect jack-o-lantern pumpkin. Once all the pumpkins have been gutted and carved, what do you do with that bowl of slimy pumpkin guts and seeds? Before you throw the baby out with the bath water, pick out those seeds and make a batch of roasted pumpkin seeds. These rich, salty seeds are as addictive as a bag of potato chips and are the perfect snack to get […]


Fresh scotcheroo cupcakes.

Scotcheroo Cupcakes

Today would have been John Lennon’s 76th birthday. It’s difficult to sum up the legacy of such a legendary artist. He could be a polarizing figure at times, but ultimately, he challenged the way we think and tried to make the world a little better. To celebrate, I made a special scotcheroo cupcake. Never heard of scotcheroos? Well, scotcheroos are dessert bars made with chocolate, peanut butter, butterscotch, and Rice Krispies. For this cupcake, I’m dropping the Rice Krispies and throwing in some corn flakes. Sounds a bit nonsensical at first, but trust me, the final product is unlike any […]


A pot of pumpkin chocolate chip lip scrub on a plate of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Lip Scrub

Boo! Halloween is just a hop, skip, and a broom ride away, so I thought I’d kickoff this spook-tacular month with a treat. This pumpkin chocolate chip lip scrub smells and tastes just like a soft, warm pumpkin chocolate chip cookie. Everyone needs a little chocolate at Halloween, right? Now you can get your fix without the guilt of diving into a bag of fun-sized candy bars. This lip scrub is also perfect for those cold fall days when your lips need a little TLC. 🎃