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Dark Chocolate Chip Pomegranate Pound Cake (and other recent flops and failures in the kitchen)




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Lest you think I’ve been avoiding you, I want to assure you that I’ve been busy in the kitchen, just not in a very productive way.  This was an experimental cake.  I really love the combination of dark chocolate and citrus, especially lemon, so I decided to find out what dark chocolate and pomegranate would be like.  This cake has a wonderful moist crumb, and the slightly bitter dark chocolate plays against the berry tones of the pomegranate in an interesting way.  That’s the key word, interesting.  Not actually delicious.  Kind of weird.  Like the pomegranate curd I made that turned out a brownish taupe because of the mixing of the purple pomegranate and the yellow egg yolks.  Who knew?

You can see I persisted in photographing this cake anyway, I so wanted it to be good!

But at least you know I won’t try to pull any fast ones on you.  Like this morning’s Carrot Oatmeal Streusel Coffee Cake.  Sounds great, huh?  Yeah, well, not so much.

And this Beef and Brussels Sprout stew.

Or this Pumpkin Ravioli with Browned Butter and Sage.

Sorry, none of it was good enough to post, but don’t worry, I’ll be back asap with something worth your time.

Have a great weekend—I plan to spend the day far, far, away from the kitchen!   🙂

One year ago today—

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    Rachel
    February 15, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Wow, you would never be able to tell from the photos that any of this isn’t perfectly delicious. Thanks for posting these anyhow. It’s good to show that even spectacular cooks can have “kitchen nightmares” sometimes.

    Love your blog and photos!

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    shannon weber
    February 13, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    HA! and haven’t we all had those moments where we’re so excited to make something, or we’ve created this whole big thing in our heads for a recipe and then….hmmm. 🙂 “Interesting” is the word most often used by Mr. Table when i make him taste something i’ve deemed a “maybe” blog post; if he says “interesting,” i know it’s not going to see the light of day. I feel you, girl! Thank goodness we always learn from our mistakes/interesting results.

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    February 11, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Well they all look pretty great to me! Flops in the kitchen? All the time. I hate coming away with nothing after days spent trying to make something. All these photos are terrific and they made for a nice post! Here’s to great kitchen successes!

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    Nessa Robins
    February 10, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    We all have some flops in the kitchen however yours all still look pretty impressive. I love the photo of the dog – so cute!

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    A Bigger Closet
    February 10, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Agree with Hungry Dog, the cake looks so pretty! When I saw the photo I thought, great Valentine’s day dessert. Oh, well. 🙂

    The ravioli also looked yummy.

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    Hungry Dog
    February 10, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    That pound cake is SO pretty! What a shame it didn’t taste great. Love that color pink, though!

    Enjoy your days “off.”

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    February 10, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Well they all look good, anyway 🙂

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    Bourbon & Pearls
    February 10, 2013 at 10:58 am

    They all sound and look utterly delicous too, that last pic is just wonderful!

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    Sulpicia (III)
    February 10, 2013 at 6:21 am

    I agree…the pumpkin ravioli looks great! What was wrong with it?

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    bellini
    February 10, 2013 at 6:08 am

    When things are quiet on the blog it means I have had more than my share of kitchen fails.I am sure we are in good company. Not everything looks and tastes as we imagine. The pumpkin ravioli especially looks delicious.

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    Mary Younkin
    February 10, 2013 at 12:34 am

    And for what it is worth, I am giggling imagining that someone is probably pinning these for the fabulous pictures and not even scrolling down to realize that there are no recipes attached!

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    Mary Younkin
    February 10, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Sue, it really sucks that you are such a great photographer. Because everything here LOOKS fantastic! The idea that none of those gorgeous photos amounted to a blog worthy post is just so wrong. I hope you are eating out and enjoying fabulous food without a camera in sight tonight!

    Have a blessed weekend and I’ll be sending you LOTS of great kitchen vibes for next week.

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    Linda L.
    February 9, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    I love that you tell us there are fails! Besides keeping you human (not that I was doubting it for a second), it makes me feel less dumb for some of the more “interesting” but disgusting things I sometimes concoct!!
    Thank you.

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    Gerlinde in Dallas
    February 9, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    It’s always a bit disappointing to go with an interesting idea that turns out not quite what you expected.. I imagine a lot of us have gone though similar weeks. On the bright side, your photos are lovely as always. 🙂

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    La Table De Nana
    February 9, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    It happens to ALL of us..That ravioli looks delish..No?

    Poor you..
    I do that too sometimes..I keep photographing because I want to love it:)

    I must admit some things are SO delicious..but so NOT photogenic too:)

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    Amy
    February 9, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Oh no! Shame those didn’t work out, because they all do sound really good. Carrot coffee cake sounds awesome! Those are some clever ideas, but yes it’s good to know that at least you don’t post sub-par things. 🙂

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    February 9, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I was sort of wondering what you’ve been up to and figured you were busy with your kids back at home or just life…ahhh, kitchen fails. Or not fails, but not super amazing successes. Omg I have my share. Sometimes I try to adapt an amazing looking recipe only to find myself with nothing!! at all with what the intended recipe looked like and then want to kick myself for just not following the recipe. Or, I follow the recipe to the T, and end up with a fail, which is the worst! Or I try something totally out there and end up with…meh results.

    Well your food LOOK!!! awesome. The cake glaze, the puppy dog cupcakes are too cute! And carrot cake and pumpkin rav…so sorry they didnt pan out but they look delish!