Hello from wedding central! Just two more days until my sister's going to be a married woman!! Hard to believe. Maria, my mom, and I have been running around getting all of the last minute stuff done: making flower-girl baskets, cutting programs, framing pictures for the reception, packing for the honeymoon (she's WAY more ahead of the game than I was!), running errands and finalizing wedding day schedules. Tonight, I'm hosting her bachelorette party!! We're keeping it classy and having a little "bubbly + bites" cocktail party with her closest girlfriends. I'm doing the food and the flowers...check Instagram for pics later on today.

Even though my head is swirling with piles work I need to do, emails I need to write, and the busy December ahead, I am really trying to stay present these few days. To really savor each and every minute with my sister and my mom, and the rest of the family when they arrive today. These next few days are going to be precious, and I don't want to miss out on anything because my mind is elsewhere. I know that being here - really here - is the best gift I can give my sister during these next few days. And to be honest, it's really nice to have the chance to pour my energy into someone else the next few days, as I've been so focused on this cookbook project! Getting my focus off of ME is actually quite refreshing.

All that said, I'm going to keep this post short and sweet! I promised I'd share my favorite recipe for flourless chocolate cake, with raspberry coulis. (If you're wondering what a coulis is, it's basically a pureed fruit sauce - in this case with raspberries and a touch of lemon.) This cake, like the salmon recipe I shared the other day, is super simple with a big WOW factor. For your next dinner party, try making the whole menu from the Erin Fetherston party I wrote about for Anthology: Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad, Dijon-Honey Roasted Salmon, Red Quinoa with Butternut Squash and Spinach, and this dense bittersweet chocolate cake for dessert. Cheers!

Tomorrow: a round-up of weekend reads and some great photos from a Yellow Table reader!

(Photo by Amy Dickerson, for Anthology magazine.)