Saturday, March 23, 2013

Brown Sugar Bourbon Cake

Since I saw this beautiful brown sugar burbon bundt cake in last November's issue of Southern Living, I have been dying to make it. A few weeks ago, I finally had a chance.

This cake was wonderful. Van and the Boys have quite the affinity for Bourbon and the sweet, rich flavor of brown sugar was the perfect compliment. The finished cake was really light and would pair well with almost any dinner.

Ready to Bake

Finished Cake


Friday, February 15, 2013

Dreaming of the Franklin Mint

It's 52 and sunny in DC. What comes to mind on this perfect almost spring day? ICE CREAM. Specifically the sweet, deliciousness that is the Franklin Mint sundae at the Franklin Fountain in Philadelphia.

Mint chocolate chip has always been one of my favorite flavors, but this sundae takes it to a whole new level of goodness - mint chip and vanilla ice cream smothered in marshmallow glaze with a Creme de Menthe finish.

Amazingly, the sundae walks the perfect balance of not too sweet and not too minty. On a day like today it would be complete perfection.

The Franklin Mint Sundae

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Delaplane Cellars

One of the beautiful things about where we live is that there are a plethora of vineyards within an hour drive of our house. With so many great options, deciding what to do on a gorgeous, sunny Sunday when we had Monday off was pretty easy to figure out.

At the recommendation of one of our friends we decided to try Delaplane Cellars. This winery is absolutely lovely. The tasting room features a wall of windows with stunning views and I love the decor.

Since it was our first-time visiting we decided to do the full tasting for $9. I have to say this is what made me really love Delaplane. Every single wine was good. EVERY ONE. I was extremely impressed. I even liked their Chardonnay which was crisp, clean, not oaky and something that I actually wanted to drink.

My favorite wine of the day was the 2007 Springlot Reserve. This wine is well balanced with the right depth of flavor. You can taste the fruit, but it isn't overly sweet. The finish is nice, not dry or heavy on tannins. I'm pretty sure I finished half a bottle by myself.

It is important to note that Delaplane Cellars doesn't accept groups of six or more, but honestly that helps ensure the relaxed and not rowdy atmosphere. There also isn't really a space for a huge group so don't let it detour you. The staff is super friendly.

I am really looking forward to spending another afternoon at Delaplane this spring and bringing one of these beauties home with me. 

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