For those living under a rock (or you know, not the East coast), Hurricane Irene is pummeling through and actin' a damn fool. Since Charlottesville is on the outskirts of her wrath, it's been raining all day. Luckily, it hasn't been anything more than that and hopefully everyone is staying safe tonight. In preparation for the storm, I made sure that our bellies would be satiated and happy throughout the night. First up, homemade soup - the Big Girl version. Having recently bought some stew meat from Wolf Creek Farm through Relay Foods and having a lot of beef stock in the freezer, it was time for some comfort food for a rainy afternoon. Again, I acted by intuition and not by recipe (because it's more fun that way). I added essentially every vegetable I had in the fridge: onions, red peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes (technically a fruit?). Seasoning: garlic, basil, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper. It sat for almost four hours on medium-low heat, until the meat was tender and falling apart. Verdict: it tasted like home, which is exactly what I was aiming for. Next up (obviously) was dessert! My challenge for today was a No Bake Chocolate Cake. I'm going dairy-free and this involves heavy cream but meh! Life's too short and there was a hurricane coming. That being said, at least I made sure that it was grass-fed heavy cream from Natural By Nature. This was so decadent! I didn't let it sit for long enough so it was still a bit soft but in my opinion it only added to the velvety flavor and texture. The chocolate-coffee combo blended with the richness of the cream is to die for. And it's boyfriend-approved! Super easy to make!