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FOOD
September 30, 1992 | By Marcia Cone and Thelma Snyder, FOR THE INQUIRER
A passion for chocolate crosses all ages, cultures and diets. The Mexican Aztecs revered it in frothy hot cocoa; the Dutch and Viennese refined it in decadent cakes; American kids (and grown-ups, too) love it straight out of the chocolate-bits bag. We have developed cupcakes that can supply that quick chocolate fix with a cold glass of milk after school, a luxurious cake to savor leisurely with a cup of tea, and a low-fat variation that won't decimate your diet. The conventional oven has been called upon to bake the Chocolate Cake while the microwave produces the Chocolate Cream Glaze that covers it. Not only does chocolate melt faster in the microwave, but it has a better chance of staying smooth.
FOOD
September 25, 1991 | By Denise Breslin Kachin, Special to The Inquirer
Chef John Hilburt looked down on his creations lined up in a neat row on a table in the main kitchen of the Elwyn Institute. The dishes ran the gamut - spaghetti with a crown of three meatballs; a hunk of frosted chocolate cake; a hoagie with neat layers of meat, cheese and lettuce, and a hearty platter of Salisbury steak and gravy with mashed potatoes, peas and carrots. While the food looked delicious, it was the taste test that proved to be the big surprise. For these foods were made entirely of pureed ingredients.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2003 | By LAUREN MCCUTCHEON For the Daily News
If your idea of an ice cream sandwich involves a gooey wrapper and sticky fingers, you probably haven't ordered dessert at Jones, the trendy comfort food restaurant at 7th and Chestnut streets. Pastry chef Sonjia Spector makes fancified versions of the ice cream-truck favorite. The sandwiches are so delish, you don't even mind eating them with a fork. Though Jones uses its own homemade chocolate chip ice cream, cooks can substitute their own versions at home. JONES' ICE CREAM SANDWICH 1 gallon store-bought or homemade ice cream For the chocolate cake: 4 1/2 ounces quality bittersweet chocolate 3 eggs, separated 2 1/4 ounces butter 2 1/4 ounces sugar For the cake: melt butter with chocolate over simmering water.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 1991 | By Anita Myette, Inquirer Staff Writer
What do Tibetan yaks, pig races, chocolate cake, smelly sneakers and a balloon-blowing goat have in common? They're all part of the Pennsylvania Fair, which opens Thursday at Philadelphia Park Race Track in Bensalem. The yaks are among the exotic animals to be exhibited at a children's petting zoo. The porkers will return in races for Oreo cookies. Chocolate cake will be featured in a bake-off. The sneakers will be judged on their odorous qualities in a kids' Smelly Sneaker Contest.
NEWS
February 8, 2013
I SAW AN ad the other day pushing bacon as an ideal Valentine's Day gift, and I had to laugh. It's like saying, "Here, sweetheart, I want you to die sooner!" OK, I know this holiday is not about eating "right. " It's about something bigger, and that something is love. Love and chocolate. Dark chocolate is the treat that loves you back. Healthwise, you can have your chocolate cake and eat it, too, especially if you mix it with - don't laugh - fruits and veggies. It's not a new idea.
NEWS
December 26, 1996 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
President Clinton and his family celebrated Christmas in the White House yesterday, with the President giving his wife a book that takes a nostalgic look at baseball, a spokesman said yesterday. Hillary Rodham Clinton, a longtime Chicago Cubs fan, received the gift of Mudville Diaries, a book of baseball memories collected by Mike Schacht, said the spokesman, Josh Silverman. Details of other gifts were not immediately available so as not to intrude on the Clintons' privacy, Silverman said.
NEWS
November 6, 2003 | By Dave Boyer
Drumthwacket was quiet and dark as the governor crept to the kitchen in his bathrobe and slippers. He opened the refrigerator door, flooding the room with harsh light. Inside was the prize - a thick slice of chocolate cake, with chocolate icing, on a plate. The governor reached for the cake. "Governor, I wouldn't eat that cake if I were you," warned a voice from the kitchen's dark recesses. "Who's there?" the governor demanded. "It's me," the stranger replied, stepping forward.
FOOD
February 5, 1995 | By Bev Bennett, FOR THE INQUIRER
Chocolate cake may be the obvious choice for a Valentine's Day celebration, but ice cream is so much sexier. Put a slice of chocolate cake on a plate and lovers discreetly nibble it. But just notice what happens when you set out a carton of ice cream: Two spoons dive in, uniting, tangling and scooping up rich, creamy ice cream in unison. It's a shared experience, without the crumbs. With that in mind, here's a very romantic and delicious recipe for ice cream. As a shortcut to this sensuous dessert, prepare the coffee beans and pecans and fold them into a softened pint of good-quality, store-bought ice cream.
NEWS
February 2, 1988 | By MARIANNE COSTANTINOU, Daily News Nightlife Writer
Lisa the waitress, in black vest and pants and comfy shoes, looks around the cavernous room, a tsk tsk rising to her lips. She shakes her head, then plops her hands on her hips in her no-nonsense, I-know-what-I'm-taking-about way. Finally: "This place is dead," she proclaims. There are at least 200 people eating in the dining room. But then, this is The Pub of yore and lore. And as the sign on the wall says: Occupancy Limited to 1,345. As other restaurants battle to fill their tables night after night, The Pub has drawn such huge crowds for 31 years that even on a rainy night, the huge parking lot looks like Macy's the week before Christmas.
NEWS
May 7, 1989 | By John V. R. Bull, Inquirer Staff Writer
The change in the Flourtown restaurant from Caffe Beejay to the West Mill Inn could not be more startling, but the net effect is an improved cuisine. Caffe Beejay had a circuslike atmosphere with billowing balloons, flowerlike sprays of dried spaghetti and display jars crammed with lollipops, jujubes, gummi bears, cashews and pasta spirals. The cuisine was relatively modest. The new West Mill Inn, which took over in September, is more sedate: The brightly lighted cafe atmosphere has been replaced by a more subdued but somewhat cold brass-rail, Philadelphia-style decor with dark-green wallpaper and toned-down lighting.
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NEWS
June 29, 2015 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
By the time you read this, I will have turned 60, and my birthday will have passed. Hopefully, I won't have passed, too. I can't say I'm delighted about this birthday. It's not that I hate aging, it's that I hate dying. This feeling caught me by surprise. Generally, I love my birthday because it always involves chocolate cake. But now I'm wondering if the cake is compensation for my death, in which case, we need to do better. Oddly, I didn't realize I was having negative feelings until I got the idea to renovate my kitchen.
NEWS
January 12, 2015 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
I get a lot of great fan mail, but sometimes it's less-than-adoring. For example, somebody recently wrote to me, "You call yourself 'middle-aged,' but you're already 59. Do you think you're going to live until you're 118?" Not very nice. But then again, absolutely true. And though I generally don't pay attention to the occasional hater, this time I did. Maybe because her e-mail arrived around the new year, when we all think about the passage of time. I considered her point, and it changed my mind.
NEWS
June 16, 2013 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
It was the great philosopher Justin Bieber who said, "never say never," and boy, that kid knew what he was talking about. Because lately I find myself doing things I never thought I'd do. Things I'd read about other people doing and thought to myself, I may do a lot of things, but I'll never do that. It started three weeks ago, when I was looking for something to watch on TV and nothing was on, so I defaulted to On Demand. I'm a big fan of On Demand, mostly because I'm not the demanding type and it's training me to assert myself.
NEWS
March 4, 2013 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
I have an embarrassing story to tell you about how I tore my quadriceps muscle. I didn't do it skiing or running, snowboarding or hiking. All I did was get off the toilet seat. Yes, I'm too old to pee-pee without hazard. Last Sunday I left the bathroom, took a step, and got a pain in my thigh that felt as bad as childbirth without the ice chips. I tried to take two more steps, but couldn't walk. I broke out in a sweat and cried out in pain. The dogs didn't notice anything amiss.
NEWS
February 10, 2013 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
Valentine's Day is upon us, and if you're single, you know what that means. Depression, shame, and chocolate cake. I'm not saying you should feel that way. I'm just saying you might, if you're single, divorced, a widower, or a widow. And if you do, I have a few words on the subject. But before I begin, I have to admit that I've had more than a few Valentine's Days by myself, so much so that I've even written about it several times already. Top that for pathetic. You can't.
NEWS
February 8, 2013
I SAW AN ad the other day pushing bacon as an ideal Valentine's Day gift, and I had to laugh. It's like saying, "Here, sweetheart, I want you to die sooner!" OK, I know this holiday is not about eating "right. " It's about something bigger, and that something is love. Love and chocolate. Dark chocolate is the treat that loves you back. Healthwise, you can have your chocolate cake and eat it, too, especially if you mix it with - don't laugh - fruits and veggies. It's not a new idea.
NEWS
December 30, 2012 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
It's almost the New Year, and as you may know, I don't like to make conventional resolutions, because that requires me to think about how much I suck. Who needs it? Too negative. Instead, every new year, I prefer to make unresolutions. I think about the things I like about myself and resolve to keep doing them. As in, I resolve to keep kissing my dogs on the lips. I can't be the only middle-aged woman with puppy breath. And this year, I have one big unresolution, which is to continue to dream about harebrained schemes to make money.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2012 | Ellen Gray
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Just how far will a British gentleman go to support the man who dresses him? Hugh Bonneville, who plays the usually very proper Lord Grantham on PBS' "Downton Abbey," tore off his tie and ripped open his shirt before a roomful of reporters Saturday night to reveal a T-shirt that read "Free Bates. " So, OK, it wasn't exactly a striptease. And it's not as if Bonneville dropped his trousers — something that's happened a time or two, onstage, during Television Critics Association events — but for PBS' portion of the group's summer meetings, which began this weekend in Beverly Hills, it counted as a Moment.
NEWS
January 8, 2012 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
I know I've written about my feet before, but changes are afoot. Sorry. To begin, my feet barely look human anymore. My soles have thickened to an elephant's hide, and my toenails have turned to horn, curved and yellowing. I don't have feet, I have hooves. Bottom line, I'm becoming a centaur. Or maybe a Minotaur. Either way, I'm not getting remarried anytime soon. Unless Thing Three is the Old Spice guy. To top it off, my amazing disappearing little toenail is now long gone.
NEWS
June 12, 2011 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
I feel sorry for these men who are taking cellphone pictures of their privates and e-mailing them to women. Say cheesy. Some of these guys are taking the photos in their underwear, and some go commando, showing their sheaths unsheathed. Yikes. It started with a quarterback and spread to a politician, and now I'm kicking myself. If I had said something earlier, all of this foolishness could have been prevented. Faces could have been saved. Not to mention, well, you know what else.
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