What Mom Really Wants for Mother’s Day

Whether Mom is a parent to a 7-year-old or a 27-year-old, we’re going to make a very safe bet that she wants the same thing for Mother’s Day: a moment to herself. So we assembled the ultimate Mother’s Day gift box, full of spa vibes, serenity, and sweet treats for a day of indulgence. Because READ MORE…

Dark Chocolate Dragon Fruit Cake.

Hiiii. I made you cake! Chocolate dragon fruit cake, to be exact.

Chocolate dragon fruit cake that is as delicious as it is pretty. I promise you.
We can make a neon-glazed cake and eat it too!

I have lots of ideas for serving this cake. If I was into Game of Thrones, I’d probably tell you that you could serve it for the premier, considering it’s chocolate DRAGONfruit cake. Which instantly proves to you that I know nothing about GoT. All of my apologies.
But I did walk near the red carpet press event in NYC the other day which should give me some GoT clout?

SO. This picture above would be pink pitaya powder.
!!!! Cue all the exclamation points.
Otherwise known as, my new favorite ingredient. Are you even surprised?

Let’s talk about this GORGEOUS pan. It’s a magnolia bundt pan and the minute I saw it, I had to have it. Order it instantly. I love some of the other fancy bundt pans that I have and this looked like it would be so pretty. Really, I thought it would be great for some sort of Easter cake.
Did not disappoint!
It would be even more stunning in a lighter shade of cake.

Okay, so the pitaya powder!! I just about died when I found this too. So super excited.
I love to make pitaya bowls (my favorite version is in The Pretty Dish!!) and it’s no secret that it’s probably because of… the color.
But this hot pink makes me want to consume everything. It’s just so pretty!
You also get a peek here at how blue the lighting can be as it comes through my kitchen window. I didn’t want to do a lot of color correcting on these photos because I wanted you to see just how brilliant this color is. Just cannot get enough.

I mostly use this pitaya powder for smoothies, but it’s also fun to stir into yogurt! And chia pudding… just wait for that recipe. It’s so good for breakfasts and snacks.
But I knew that a glaze or frosting using the powder would be stunning. And I was craving dark chocolate cake. It’s rare that we see dark chocolate cake make an appearance for spring, you know? I figured this was the perfect way.

The dark chocolate cake itself is not too sweet. It has a very deep chocolate-y flavor and while the pitaya is subtle (especially mixed into a sugary glaze), it makes for a great topping. I crushed a few edible culinary rose petals on top for something extra – a little more seasonal, if you will.
To say that I am so ready for this sunshine… would be an understatement.

I’d also be lying if I said I didn’t want to cover this cake in a dark chocolate ganache! I bet it would be a show stopper – this glossy, shiny big magnolia cake.
Might just be my weekend project.
Or yours? Please try it and report back!

Dark Chocolate Dragon Fruit Cake

Dark Chocolate Dragonfruit Cake

The prettiest dark chocolate dragonfruit cake! This is a rich dark chocolate bundt cake drizzled with vibrant dragonfruit glaze.

Dark chocolate cake

1  cup  brewed coffee
3/4  cup  Dutch process cocoa powder
2  tablespoons  espresso powder
2 1/4  cups  sugar
1  teaspoon  salt
2 1/2  teaspoons  baking soda
2  large eggs
1  large egg yolk
1 1/4  cups  buttermilk
1  cup  canola oil
2  teaspoons  vanilla extract
2 1/2  cups  all-purpose flour, ( sifted)
dried culinary rose petals, (optional)

Dragonfruit Glaze

1 1/2  cups  powdered sugar
1 tablespoon pink pitaya powder
3 to 4 ounces milk

Dark chocolate cake

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour and 10-cup bundt cake pan.
Place the coffee, cocoa and espresso powder in a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, whisking often, and then set it aside and let it come to room temperature.
In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat the sugar, salt, baking soda and eggs together with the whisk attachment until combined. Add in the buttermilk and oil and beat for another 1 to 2 minutes, scraping the sides or the bottom if needed.
Add the flour and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Beat in the cooled coffee cocoa mixture and beat for another 3 minutes. Pour the batter into the bundt pan. Bake for 60 minutes, or until the cake is set and a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Remove and let cool completely. Once cool, turn the cake out onto a plate or cutting board and drizzle the dragonfruit glaze on top. If desired, you can crush some culinary rose petals on too!

Dragonfruit Glaze

Whisk all the ingredients together until a smooth glaze forms. Pour it over the cake once it has cooled.

If I had to have a signature cake, this would be it.
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Strawberry Chamomile Olive Oil Cake with Honeyed Ricotta.

Starting the weekend off on a sweet note with this Strawberry Chamomile Olive Oil Cake with Honeyed Ricotta. Extra light and airy, this olive oil cake is moister than any butter cake out there. Hinted throughout with sweet lemon and vanilla. This cake is topped with lemony whipped ricotta plus fresh strawberries tossed in chamomile […]
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Chowhound Recommends: Best Beers to Celebrate National Beer Day

Chowhound Recommends favorite beer you can order online

Welcome to Chowhound Recommends, Chowhound’s weekly series where our staff shares our favorite food and kitchen items around a central theme. This week we’re celebrating National Beer Day on April 7th by professing our love to our favorite beers. Keep reading for our picks and make sure you stock your fridge in time to cheers to this glorious holiday!

As food writers, editors, producers, and social media managers, we’re constantly scouring the market for the latest and greatest products. And when we find a product we love, we want to shout it from the rooftops! We’re packaging up our weekly finds and sharing them with you, because we think you’ll love them too. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @Chowhound to catch us talking about our favorite products every week.

Lauren Zaser: Social Media Manager

Product: Threes Brewing “Vliet”

There are so many great beers to choose from at Threes Brewing. One of my favorites is their pilsner, Vliet. At 5.2%ABV I can already tell this is going to make for a great summer easy drinking beer. It’s much higher quality than the national brands and has a festive label (I’m always a sucker for a good label #millenialproblems). A tad hoppier than normal pilsners, it’s balanced with floral notes and a nice crispness. If you’re in NYC I can’t recommend checking out their location in Gowanus, Brooklyn enough. Even if you don’t like beer, their backyard is a great place to hangout in the warmer months.

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Product: Montauk Brewing Company “Watermelon Session Ale”

My pick is Montauk Brewing Company’s Watermelon Ale. It tastes like summer in a can and makes me feel like I’m back in Montauk. It’s light, crisp, and refreshing, PLUS it comes in a cute pink can. If you’re ever in Montauk check out their tasting room—it’s small but has an outdoor space and is a great way to spend a beautiful, lazy summer afternoon.

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Product: 21st Amendment Brewery “Hell Or High Watermelon”

I look forward to 21st Amendment Brewery’s summer seasonal release, “Hell Or High Watermelon,” all winter long every year. It’s by far the most refreshing beer ever produced. It’s a fairly light-bodied wheat beer brewed with real watermelon, so it’s not sweet or overpowering. Just a hint of watermelon goodness. It’s the ultimate summertime thirst-quencher, perfect for barbecues or any other outdoor warm-weather event. I’m super excited it’s that time of year again and you should be too!

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Product: Steamworks Brewing Company “Pilsner”

Being a good Canadian kid, I had to choose a beer from north of the border. I chose this one from the Steamworks Brewing Company in my hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia, located in the historic Gastown neighborhood. It’s their signature Pilsner beer, inspired by the authentic Czech Pilsners, which pairs perfectly with a warm Summer day. Try it out, if you think you can handle a mighty Canadian beer.

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The Best Cookbooks for Beginners

the best cookbooks for beginners

It’s never too late to learn something new—especially when it comes to cooking. These cookbooks highlight chefs with different perspectives on learning to enjoy cooking. Whether you have a family or you’re happily flying solo, there are ways to make your kitchen and existing ingredients work for you and your appetite. Even if you’re just learning to boil water, these chefs will meet you where you are and teach you that cooking is about more than necessity—it can become a passion.

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“Where Cooking Begins” by Carla Lalli Music, $19.50 on Amazon

Where Cooking Begins by Carla Lalli Music (cookbooks for beginners)


Carla Lalli Music streamlines cooking into simple, understandable terms. Inspired by meals she whips up for her own family, her guide outlines six cooking techniques that she views as absolutely indispensable. She also gives guidelines on making swaps and substitutions so you never feel stuck in a rut of recipes.Buy Now

“Salt Fat Acid Heat” by Samin Nosrat, $22.50 on Amazon

Salt Fat Acid Heat cookbook


What makes a delicious meal? It all begins with how these ingredients coexist together. Chef Samin Nosrat has taught pro chefs as well as middle school students how to cook with her revolutionary philosophy. The meals are as delicious as they are simple, and they include ingredients that you definitely have on hand. Don’t worry—you got this!Buy Now

“How to Cook Everything” by Mark Bittman, $19.99 on Amazon

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This cookbook has been the home cook’s guide for many years, and now it’s been released with revised tips and recipes. Mark Bittman focuses on natural, fresh ingredients that will leave you not only wanting more, but excited to whip up your next delicious meal as well.Buy Now

“Twelve Recipes” by Cal Peternell $27.99 on Amazon

Cal Peternell Twelve Recipes cookbook for beginners


Not only is Cal Peternell’s cookbook stunningly colorful, it features basic techniques and recipes that will help you feel confident in the kitchen. Peternell first began collecting these recipes when his eldest son left for college—completely unprepared to cook for himself. This book is much more than a guide for college students—it’s a guide for anyone hoping to cook healthy meals independently.Buy Now

Super Easy Cookbook for Beginners” by Lisa Grant, $13.49 on Amazon

Lisa Grant Super Easy Cookbook for Beginners


Lisa Grant compiles 120 five-ingredient recipes that you’re sure to love as you learn the basics of cooking. She also takes the time to highlight cooking skills and techniques that you’ll remember for years to come.Buy Now

“Simple: The Easiest Cookbook in the World” by Jean-Francois Mallet, $13.59 on Amazon

Simple: The Easiest Cookbook in the World


Jean-Francois Mallet managed to compile an entire book of recipes that consists of less than four steps and fewer than six ingredients. It also has tons of photos so that you’ll be able to follow along without fear of getting lost.Buy Now

“Cook Like A Pro: Recipes and Tips for Home Cooks” by Ina Garten, $18.32 on Amazon

Ina Garten Cook Like a Pro Barefoot Contessa cookbook


No one knows their way around the kitchen better than the Barefoot Contessa. Garten’s goal with this book were to help home cooks find their sense of confidence in the kitchen—regardless of their experience level. As always, she delivers.Buy Now

“Small Victories: Recipes, Advice + Hundreds of Ideas for Home Cooking Triumphs” by Juia Turshen, $19.18 on Amazon

Julia Turshen cookbook Small Victories


Julia Turshen focuses on achievable recipes that will leave your mouth watering for more. Turshen includes recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner—as well as little lessons that will make your time in the kitchen more useful and fulfilling.Buy Now

“The I Don’t Know How to Cook Book” by Mary-Lane Kamberg, $15.29 on Amazon

The 'I Don't Know How to Cook' cookbook


With over 300 simplified recipes, Mary-Lane Kamberg has assembled a go-to cookbook for recipes that you know and love, but may not be comfortable with whipping up on your own. There’s even a glossary of cooking terms so you never feel in over your head.Buy Now

“The First Real Kitchen Cookbook” by Jill Carle, $14.97 on Amazon

The First Real Kitchen cookbook


This book may be intended for college students moving into their first real homes, but it’s great for everyone. Jill Carle proves that a four burner stove and a pantry stocked with basics are all you need for a delicious meal.Buy Now

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