Right now lots of delicious things are evolving in the kitchen, good but not just-so, heady scents lacking texture...beer bread that rises yet is brick-ish, too sweet dark beer chocolate cake, biscuit style one vs biscuit style two, chocolate mousse resembling a melted milk shake that churns into a decent ice cream, cherry marmalade epic fail via operator error. Eventually they'll all be ready to share, just not yet.
It is a bit discouraging when a string of recipes don't come together perfectly on the first, or even third, attempt. The fun of playing in the kitchen fading, making it time to bake a no-fail treat. This means an old standard or anything ever tried from David Lebovitz. Today, it might mean both.
Starting with these Baci di Dama cookies - hazelnut with a kiss of chocolate on David Lebovitz's blog.
And some simple savory cooking, like sausage & lentil stew.