Sweet Cherry Tomato and Sausage Bake (2017)

It’s close the simplest weeknight dinner anyone could make for themselves. It goes great over some toasted ciabatta bread, and some of my friend’s who’ve made it have poured it on top of pasta. It’s a bright and spicy dish, charged up by the fresh herbs, and given a nice finish by the balsamic vinegar. And a little goat cheese melted over the top for the last few minutes adds a tangy note

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Making Martha’s Cakes – Easy, No Butter Chocolate Cake (Cake #13)

This is a great cake for a young person who doesn’t have a lot of experience baking. Not having to use butter and eggs keeps the entire situation a little tidier. Mom or dad can handle the ganache, while the little ones whisk the wet and dry ingredients togethers. Everyone can play a part, and the kid will feel like a real champ when this baby comes out to the dining room table.

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Making Martha’s Cakes – Buttermilk Cake with Rich Chocolate Frosting (Cake #12)

I actually forgot to put the salt in when I was supposed to, and without much thought to the consequences, tossed it in at the last second, thinking some serious time with the beaters would effectively weave the flavor in. This did not happen, and the frosting tasted like beach sand.

So what do I do?

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Making Martha’s Cakes – Devil’s Food Cake with Seven-Minute Frosting (Cake #11)

Michael and I agree: Martha Stewart’s Devil’s Food Cake with Seven-Minute Frosting is the best cake I’ve made from Martha’s book so far.  Not only was this devil’s food cake a rich, decadent, mile-high mountain of fudge-flavor-moistness, there was an extra flavor boost that sprung out of a frosting fail.

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Gary’s Italian Lovers Crock Pot Lasagna

There are lots of advantages to going with crock pot lasagna, not the least of which is the aroma that snakes through the house all Sunday afternoon. The crock pot also produces a brighter, fresher, more concentrated flavor.

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Making Martha’s Cakes – Carrot Tea Cake (Cake #10)

Not every president will be an Abraham Lincoln.  Not every Hitchcock film will be a Rear Window.  And not every episode of Game of Thrones will be “Red Wedding.”

And not every Martha Stewart cake will be a ten-plus, off the charts, mind-scrambler.  Witness Martha’s Carrot Tea Cake, made last weekend, and taken to work to celebrate the big solar eclipse this past Monday.

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Making Martha’s Cakes – Chocolate-Ginger Marble Cake (Cake #9)

The ginger weaves its presence in and out like a vaguely motivated ghost, and the glaze adds a deep sweetness to a cake that wouldn’t be much to write home about otherwise.  More than that, it gives off a wonderful vibrant shine that calls the eye from any place in the room.  

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Making Martha’s Cakes – Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting (Cake #7)

This is a moist, rich and velvety cake, perfect for my friend Juliet’s birthday. I added some candy roses and sprinkles to the top, and some macarons to the sides to push it over the top, as all birthday cakes for people you love should be.

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