Baking with Heritage: Kakaós Csiga {Chocolate Snails} by Cake Duchess

While Lora, Cake Duchess, is one of my oldest and dearest friends for the last four years on social media, this is the first time she's been a guest on Food Wanderings. I am squealing with glee here. With Lora being such a gifted avid baker I am super excited she is sharing with 'Baking with Heritage' her Hungarian family's heirloom Kakaós Csiga {Chocolate Snails} recipe.  I switched to consistently using heat resistant glass and ceramic bowls to proof my dough because of Lora. Her dough in the photos always seems to rise so effortlessly.

Chocolate Cardamon Plums 'Clafoutis'

This is a new 'Seasonal Sweets' column written and photographed by me over at Serious Eats. I am happy to be on board as a writer for the fine folks at Serious Eats. I hold them in high regard. Their delicious food postings are always well researched and superbly written.

I hope you enjoy this simple yet decadent, classic French dessert I infused with some, no surprise, Indian cardamon. I confess I made this clafoutis just in time for Rosh HaShanah and went directly for dessert before dinner, not once but twice. I wish you could see IRL (in real life) the pudding-like consistency and how during the baking process the plum's skin bled fuscia red into the yellow flesh. This clafoutis version has subdued intricate textures and colors and a sensational flavor. I baked it within a week four times for different holiday parties and entertaining at home. Super easy to whip together in literally moments time.

DC Eats & Food: My Lunches with Jeanne; Daikaya Ramen Shop

While some of the lunches in this series were with my friend Jeanne, the others were my outings with my hubby Jonathan. Same difference both names begin with the letter J, ahahaha. I am looking forward to my renewed DC food explorations with Jeanne this fall after our summer hiatus. This summer Jeanne has been out of town mostly and entertaining her brood of three.