It's okay to laugh. I did.
Why? Because I don't mind if a restaurant serves frozen spinach. I also don't mind a cheap wine list if the flavors harmonize well with the food. I understand the principles of fine dining, but I don't get hung up on them. Einstein said that if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will forever think it is stupid. It's the same with dining. A four star hot dog is still four stars, y'know?
All this to note that I consider myself a decent home cook. I am not a professional like my friend Carrie at Fields of Cake, but I do okay in my kitchen. Marjorie did okay, too. While neither of us are baking up Carrie's exquisite creations (for real, she makes these), here is Marjorie's recipe for chocolate cake.