When Temperance Isn’t in the Cards

I found an old recipe for “Whiskey Soaked Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake”

References to games, including cards and sports, are used constantly in the idiomatic American English lexicon.  Temperance is defined as “moderation or self-restraint in action, statement, etc.: self-control’ in the American College Dictionary. It is not temperate to eat an extravagant, over-indulgent chocolate cake.  It might not even be temperate to cook one, but it does sound wonderful.  And in this instance the cake is in the “cards” that the cook or reader holds.  I suppose cooking is a game also, one that wins hearts and minds.

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