It’s the beginning of January, which means that you probably have made a few New Year’s Eve Resolutions and if statistics are correct – you probably broke a few already too. Don’t despair – You are in good company. Of the 45% of all Americans that make a New Year’s resolution, only 8% actually keep them. Predictably most are health-related: resolutions to lose weight, stop drinking alcohol, quit smoking. God knows in years past I have made quite a few as well. I have an escape clause for those of you that made a resolution to eat healthier and want to remain in the elite 8%. It comes in the form of an easy, super moist, gluten-free chocolate cake. This chocolate cake will allow you to keep all your New Years’ resolutions and satisfy your sweet tooth all in one tasty bite….
“A barn raising, also historically called a “raising bee” or “rearing” in the U.K., describes a collective action of a community, in which a barn for one of the members is built or rebuilt collectively by members of the community.” – Wikipedia
No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing. – Julia Child
My mother came from an upper middle class family that lived in the south of France. The extent of her food education before meeting my father was learned by eating in restaurants like Oustau de Baumaniere in Provence, Pieds de Cochon in Paris or having her father’s cook Mémé make dinner nightly.
When my mother came to America and first married my father she didn’t know how to cook. Ironically, she learned by reading Julia Child’s seminal book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’. Through Julia, she was reunited with her mother culture and proudly fed us a different meal every single night (my father’s requirement).
My first moments in the kitchen, hanging on my mother’s cliched apron strings, were spent pretending to be a more French version of Julia. I grow up adoring Julia and watching her TV shows. Today, I still love her and reference her books on a daily basis. …