Cupcake Update

Highly recommended: the coconut cupcakes. Second best so far: Ginger and Molasses. Just okay: Chocolate Spice.

We have been baking so consistently that on the days that there are no cupcakes, it feels as if something vital is missing.

Also, highly recommended: the black bean soup with coconut, chile, and lime from Vegetable Soups from Deborah Madison's Kitchen. Everything that I've tasted from this cookbook has been multi-layered: you get a level of this flavor, then a deeper aspect of that flavor, then perhaps something crunchy or salty which works in opposition to something smooth or stew-like. Easy to follow recipes with great results.