I currently have a 15 year old boy staying in my house, who belongs to my dearest sister. He’s here for a few weeks, ostensibly to help my husband do manly things on a homebuilt airplane project. But one of the wonderful side bennies we got to experience tonight was Nate’s Great Chocolate Cake. I’ll have to post the recipe a different time (or Barb can post it, maybe). But he made us a superbly moist and beautiful, from-scratch chocolate cake, all in about 40 minutes from start to finish.

Of course, what the boasting is really about is that my sister has managed to raise FOUR excellent young men who know their way around a kitchen, and can make any number of excellent things to eat. This goes way beyond the usual teenage boy/microwaved pizza stuff–they make homemade pizza, cakes, breads, you name it. I can only hope that my own 2 boys grow up to be equally comfortable and competent in the kitchen.