Summer Rain

I love the rain because it makes me feel alive, it makes me feel like I am not totally alone. The rain will break you in your weakest place and show you the things you need to improve. I loved you just the way you were until the moment it rained and I loved you even more. The poet says that …

Coconut Face Cleanser

You might find it strange to cleanse your face with oil rather than a tingly toner or sudsy soap, but this oil-based cleanser will make your skin feel cleaner and look more radiant.  It is a proven fact that like dissolves like, and in this case, the dirty oil sitting on your skin is dissolved …

Lemon Ginger Cookies

To make things more visually interesting and to carry on with the helo-yourself feel of the evening, keep the dessert course loose and carefree.  Set out the roasted pears, then place some drop cookies on a platter, with squared of store-bought dark chocolate, dried fruits, and toasted nuts.   1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, …

Texas Sheet Cake

This bake-sale and potluck staple is moist, dense, and ultra-chocolaty.  We lined the pan with parchment to make it easier to transfer the cake to a serving platter.       For Cake. 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more (room temperature) for pan 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups granulated sugar 1 teaspoon …

Perfect Pound Cake

As long as you have the basic refrigerator and pantry staples on hand, you can whip up this buttery-sweet classic.  This recipe even skips leaveners like baking soda and baking powder; instead, you give the cake its requisite lift by beating the butter, cream cheese, and sugar until fluffy.  The endlessly adaptable cake is lovely …

Broiled Plums

Sometimes all you want after dinner is a bowl of fruit.  With a little brandy and a sprinkle of light-brown sugar, fresh plums can be transformed into a warm, juicy, caramelized dessert.  Whether you serve the broiled fruit as is or top it with mascarpone, whipped cream.ice cream or frozen yogurt, the plums cap of …

Double Chocolate Brownies

The best brownies need absolutely no special ingredients or decorations no chocolate chips, no M&Ms, no frosting, nothing.  Their magic lies in a subtly crispy crust and fudgy, moist (but not too gooey) middle.  To that end, this recipe calls for bittersweet chocolate as well as cocoa powder.  With just the seven ingredients here, you'll …