Recipe: Pumpkin Pound Cake with Sour Cream Ganache

Some­times sim­ple, uncom­pli­cated things are the best. There are times when I just want to make an old stand-by: some­thing that doesn’t fill up my whole dish­washer with dirty bowls. A cake I can make a day ahead of time and know it will still be moist and deli­cious. Ten­der and sweet with choco­late, cin­na­mon, and nut­meg, it’s per­fect for snowy morn­ing get-togethers, after­noon cof­fee breaks, and late night nibbles.


Recipe: Pumpkin Pound Cake with Sour Cream Ganache


  • 3 cups flour
1 1/2 tea­spoon salt
2 tea­spoons bak­ing soda
1 tea­spoon cin­na­mon
1 tea­spoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 tea­spoon ginger
  • 1/8 tea­spoon cloves
4 eggs
  • 3 cups sugar
1 cup canola oil
  • 1 tea­spoon vanilla

1 can (15 ounces) pump­kin
8 ounces bit­ter­sweet choco­late, chopped, or choco­late chips


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Characters of Carnivàle

messenger dogs and handler near Villers-Bretonneux, 1918Show creator Daniel Knauf‘s original story pitch to HBO included elaborate character biographies, which he gave to the actors, the writers and the studio as an overview over the series’ intended plot. These biographies were rewritten before the filming of the first season began. Receiving little to no mention in the series afterwards, the original character backgrounds were summarized on the official HBO website. After the show’s cancellation, the writers revealed future character arcs and forwarded all original biographies to fans as part of the show’s so-called “Pitch Document”. Due to their nature, these sources do not offer canon information per se, but provide a frame for the characters’ motivation throughout the series.

The thematic and period setting of Carnivàle required an unusual casting approach. While some actors were hired for their genetic disabilities, most actors were specifically cast for their unique and distinct looks to fit the 1930s period. Award-winning costumes and make-up enhanced the illusion. Reviews generally lauded the actors and characters, and several actors received award recognition for their performances.

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Cheap, easy, no-mess cold-brew coffee 3

I’ve just finished teaching week four of the amazing Clarion Science Fiction Writers’ Workshop at UC San Diego; in addition to spending a week working closely with some very talented writers, I came up with a new and cheap way to make astounding cold-brew coffee.

I bought a $10 “nut-milk” bag and a plastic pitcher. Every night before bed, I ground up about 15 Aeropress scoops’ (570 ml) worth of espresso roast coffee — the $20 Krups grinder is fine for this, though I wouldn’t use it with an actual espresso machine — leaving the beans coarse.

I filled the bag with the grind, put it in the bottom of the empty pitcher like a huge tea-bag, and topped up the pitcher with tap water (distilled water would have been better — fewer dissolved solids means that it’ll absorb more of the coffee solids, but that’s not a huge difference). I wedged the top of the bag between the lid and the pitcher and stuck it in the fridge overnight.

In the morning, I took the bag out of the pitcher and gave it a good squeeze to get the liquor out of the mush inside. Add water to the pitcher to fill to the brim and voila, amazing cold-brew. You can dilute it 1:1 or even further.

Cleanup was easy: invert the bag over a trashcan or garbage disposal, rinse off the bag, and you’re ready to go.

This produced very, very good coffee concentrate, with only a little grit settled into the bottom 3mm of the pitcher (easy to avoid). It may just be the cheapest and easiest cold-brewing method I’ve yet tried.