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Dear Kale:

I think you’re great and we have had some reasonably tolerable experiences together. I think anyone would be lucky to have you but I think we need to practice some social distancing from one another for a while.

You have so much to offer but I’m just not looking for an emotional support vegetable right now and have stronger feelings for others. I guess I knew it already, but I have feelings for Butter B., Sugar S., and Chocolate C. and want to explore those relationships right now.

I’m going through some stuff right now and really feel like those relationships will be better able to give me what I need. I promise it’s not you, it’s me.

I don’t know where this journey will take me, but I just feel like Butter, Sugar, and Chocolate are here for the right reasons and I have to follow my heart. I hope we can remain in each other’s lives when all this is over.



WE NEED COMFORT FOOD RIGHT NOW! ๐Ÿ™‚ Enter chocolate cobbler.

We had a WEEK last week. Arctic winter came to Texas with a vengeance. We got snow and ice and single-digit temperatures.

Those of you for whom this is normal winter stuff are probably laughing at us, ๐Ÿ™‚ but for a state that doesn’t normally encounter this type of thing, it can be a challenge.

We had massive power outages that lasted for days, and issues with water. We have a fireplace and generator and a well so we fared reasonably well. Thankfully our pipes didn’t burst. But it was a brisk 54 degrees in our house when the power came back on.

So we could all use some comfort food.

I thought of last year when I was watching an episode of The Kitchen on The Food Network, and they had a guest on named Elizabeth Heiskell, the author of the cookbook What Can I Bring?ย Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up.

She made a crazy recipe for Chocolate Cobbler. I made a note at the time that I wanted to make it. I decided this past weekend the time had come. It had been a stressful week. Desperate times call for the big guns. Butter, sugar, chocolate, and a side of ice cream.

Chocolate Cobbler

Chocolate Cobbler

Chocolate Cobbler

You start by melting TWO STICKS of butter and putting it in a 9×13 baking pan. So we’re off to a fantastic start. ๐Ÿ™‚ Then you mix self rising flour, milk, sugar, and vanilla and pour it over the melted butter. Then you mix cocoa powder and more sugar, then sift it over the mixture. You don’t stir any of this together. Then you pour really hot water over the whole thing and bake it.

I told you it was crazy. ๐Ÿ™‚ You can check out the recipe here.

It’s important that you not mix the flour/milk/sugar mixture with the melted butter. You just pour it out over the butter. You don’t really stir anything together except the flour, milk, and sugar. The rest you just add on top of the previous layer.

The only change I made to the recipe was that I found I needed to bake it about 15 minutes longer than the recipe indicated. This chocolate cobbler is not the prettiest-looking thing before you put it in the oven. It’s a bit of a mess. But it bakes up nicely and is really delicious.

Chocolate Cobbler

It is very gooey, with crispier edges. It’s kind of a cross between chocolate bread pudding and a chocolate molten lava cake. It’s divine eaten hot with vanilla ice cream.

The swirl of chocolate throughout reminds me of my chocolate babka baking quest.

Chocolate Cobbler

It’s really good at room temperature too, but I think I prefer it warm with the ice cream.

So if you’re feeling anxious with all the constantly changing situation with the Coronavirus, or if you had a week like we did, go stock up on some butter, sugar, and chocolate and bake up something delicious. And warm. And gooey. And not kale. ๐Ÿ™‚

What are you cooking up at home? Please share in the comment section!

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Chocolate Cobbler


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