IMG_0021 August 22

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Glaze

I believe every girl should have a little black dress in her closet.  Something smart, simple and elegant, with great lines.  Something that makes you feel fabulous when you pull it on with a pair of heels. This, my friends, is the little black dress of chocolate cakes. This dense, rich, flourless chocolate cake is […]

IMG_0126 August 20

Cinnamon-Fragrant Rich Chocolate Cupcakes

Cupcakes are big in our corner of the world.  I often drive past Georgetown Cupcake on my way to work, Sprinkles has a shop in Georgetown, and my favorite coffee haunt – Baked and Wired – features a mouth-watering range of “cake-cups.”   Though I prefer the Baked and Wired creations, the tourists wrap around […]

IMG_0034 August 19

Blueberry Gateau

It’s day two of the week of cakes at Bourbon and Brown Sugar… and today I’d like to share Patti’s gorgeous Blueberry Gateau. (In case you missed the story yesterday, a group of friends submitted cake recipes to me over the last few weeks to be collected into a surprise birthday gift… I couldn’t help […]

IMG_0041 August 18

Texas Sheet Cake

  Last week I baked over a dozen cakes.  I don’t work in a bakery, and actually I prefer pies.  Or cookies.   But I was on a mission.   And before you think: MB, this little blogging hobby of yours is getting out of control (and you would be right), I can explain.   […]

IMG_0198 August 15

Oven Roasted Summer Succotash

Though you would have no way of knowing it by reading my recent blog posts, I actually eat vegetables.  In fact I love to eat vegetables.  One would get the impression that I sit around eating cake all day.  Which is not entirely true. One of my all-time favorite veggie combinations is succotash – possibly […]

IMG_0166 August 14

Cherry, Blackberry and Nectarine Sangria

I do believe Sangria is one of summer’s perfect drinks.  While I find it’s completely acceptable made with the traditional Spanish fruit – (oranges, apples, lemons, and limes) – I much prefer an Americanized version laden with summer stone fruit and berries.  This fruity punch has been around for centuries.  I read recently that Sangria […]

IMG_0106 August 13

Spicy Ginger Bundt Cake

We’re home after enjoying a wonderful long-weekend in Colorado. Colorado is such a gorgeous part of the country….  We did a little hiking: Stopped to admire the wildflowers… And even picked some raspberries along the way… We also went white-water rafting, hung by the pool and ate very, very well… It was a fantastic get-away. […]

IMG_9572 August 05

Chocolate Cake with Brown Sugar Heath Bar Frosting

My Sarah turned 21 yesterday, which called for a pretty fabulous birthday cake.  But I was a bit short on time (surprise, surprise).  I had to prioritize my efforts, as a had an entire dinner for eight to conjure up. So, I cheated.  I used a cake mix. (gasp!)  But it was actually really, really […]

IMG_9546 August 03

Blackberry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake

One of the many fabulous things about writing a food blog is that friends bring me lovely things from their gardens to cook with. Perhaps they all feel sorry for me because they know how hard I tried to grow things myself, but I gave up a couple of years ago.  It was just too […]

photo (9) July 31

July Link Love

Today, I needed a plate of cookies for a meeting, and preferred to wander around in Georgetown than spend the morning baking, so picked up the selection of Amy’s Cookies (above) at Dean and DeLuca.  Yum. Another month, another inspired month in the blogging world… All sorts of summer cooking with lovely fresh fruits (cherries, peaches!) […]

IMG_9542 July 30

Arugula, Watermelon and Feta Salad

  Dear readers, I have a confession to make.  I’m in culinary rut this summer.  I can’t stop making this salad.  I suppose the clever way to think about would to deem it “The Official Salad of the 2014 Summer Grilling Season at House Morell.”   Perhaps it needs a logo of some sort.  It’s […]

IMG_9511 July 29

Bourbon and Brown Sugar Flank Steak

Finally — the recipe that inspired the title of my blog.  And yet it has taken me 85 posts to get to it. Life is often a bit chaotic at House Morell… and I get sidetracked easily. The thing is, I keep making this fabulous steak, but not stopping to photograph it.  Tonight, I brought […]

IMG_9492 July 27

A Warm Jam of Blueberries and Cherries

Last weekend, I received one of the coolest hostess gifts ever. As a person who is most likely rushing out the door to a dinner gathering – desperately looking for a missing shoe, or wallet while barking instructions to teenagers to be sure to feed the cat (and/or themselves), my standard operating procedure is to […]

IMG_9436 July 24

Benza’s Almond Cake

It’s been pretty quiet around here over the past two weeks without the constant crowd of boys watching the World Cup. Somehow baseball doesn’t conjure up the same passion here at House Morell.  The images beamed in from Nats Stadium just can’t compete with those from Maracana Stadium in Rio.  Although, I must say, Lebron […]

cubano1 July 22

Cubano Sandwiches

b When I travel or eat out, it’s not unusual for me to run home and try to create some dish I’ve experienced along the way.  But I can’t remember a time when this has happened after watching a movie.  (OK, there was Julie and Julia, but that was a long time ago.) On Sunday, […]

IMG_9395 July 20

Caramel Macchiato Ice Cream Cake

Summer is officially half way over, and my summer reading program is not going according to plan. Every summer, I assemble a ridiculously ambitious pile of books, and keep adding to it every time I wander into Politics and Prose or Bethany Beach Books.  I try to include a few titles to enrich my brain, […]

IMG_8803 July 16

Fig, Goat Cheese and Pancetta Pizza

  Big changes to announce at House Morell.  I’ve been contemplating a career refocus for quite a while… I’ve called myself an “accidental” tech teacher for years and years because I fell into it about a decade ago while living London – a subbing job turned into an assistant tech teacher role.  It’s not something […]

IMG_9020 July 02

Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Banana Granola

  Last week I went to New Hampshire. For about 12 waking hours. Let me remind you I live in Virginia. What? (You might ask.)  Who goes to New Hampshire for 12 hours?! There are two reasons. First:  I’ll go anywhere for a nice dinner, and Michael promised one if I agreed to tag along […]


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