Chocolate

Chocolate Dipped Peeps ~ It’s EASTER

I am definitely no food snob, witness this post. Believe it or not, Larry and I saw Chocolate Covered Peeps at a high-end cheese shop on LA‘s 3rd Street. Packaged, and expensive. So, of course, now that I know how to dip and cover things in chocolate, I couldn’t pass up the idea.

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Chocolate-Covered Pink Peppermint Patties

You are looking at obviously home-made peppermint patties. It probably sounds like a lot of work for something pretty good store-bought. Well, I once made marshmallows and proclaimed them infinitely better than bagged ones. Not sure I’d make THEM again, but I’ll definitely do these! Just about anybody can make Pink Peppermint Patties. The results are […]

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Milk Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons

It’s a long story getting to these macaroons, starting with the chocolate. On the way home from niece Nicole’s wedding in San Diego, we stopped at John and Gail’s. Gail had “too much” chocolate from an Erie, PA store called Stefanelli’s Candies. I took some off her hands.

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Easy Almond Pecan Toffee

This recipe made me wonder if our candy thermometer was broken. It seemed stuck at 240 degrees, all the while the syrup was getting pretty tan. After some brain wracking, I remembered how to do the “ol’ fashioned water drop.” You know that one, right? Cook your candy base over medium-high heat. As it reaches […]

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Marcella’s Fudge

This is a big plus to attending Thanksgiving on my side of the family: Marcella’s Fudge may be eaten before dinner. It is right there with the appetizers. Most of us thought Marcella was a relative from the Old Country (Wisconsin). My sister, Janie and I only just asked this year… turns out Marcella was […]

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Double-Ginger Chocolate Chunk Cookies from More Magazine

More Magazine is me me me. Besides being written for Women Of A Certain Age, the magazine publishes decent recipes. Such as “Cookies for Grown-ups.” I’m a grown-up and so is Larry. We like grown-up flavors and this particular recipe in the November 2009 More Magazine was definitely US: Double Ginger. AND Chocolate. AND Chunk. […]

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How to Make Pots de Crème The Lazy Way

This is positively YUMM-O.  I say yumm-o because Rachael Ray made this on Oprah.  I used to watch Oprah religiously (now, she may have jumped the shark… we’ll discuss that another time).  Rachael was talking my language:  Chocolate.  Easy.  Decadent.  Mom’s Recipe (any TV cook who features a recipe of their mom’s means that dish […]

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Mocha Marshmallow Krispie Treats

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Having produced a spectacular batch of Homemade Mocha Marshmallows, it dawned on me that Larry and I would never just sit and eat marshmallows. I get enough s’mores on Camp GetAway weekends. I asked Larry, “Krispie Treats?”  He almost said “duh,” but wisely caught himself. Not so duh, try finding the right rice crispy cereal […]

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Mocha Marshmallows

Why make homemade marshmallows?  Because they really are SO much better than store-bought.   Fresh, fresh, yummy fresh.  Another reason is, because you are a grownup now, so you can do stuff to them, like make a batch with Amaretto.  I did that, and then decided it didn’t really do anything for them, but dredging them […]

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Extreme Kahlua Chocolate Mousse

It doesn’t get much better’n this. Besides being remarkably easy to make (thanks to the crockpot), once chilled, this food from the Gods becomes super dense, like the center of an incredible chocolate bon bon. Take a bite and you will go, “mmmmmmmm.” But heed this warning: do not dish up a portion the size […]

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How to Make a Flower Pot Ice Cream Sundae

This tiny treat is just plain cute and got me thinking about the slice of leftover chocolate cake in the freezer. Honestly, you cannot screw this up. For example, chunks of frozen frosting on my cake became corks for plugging the flower pot drain holes.  I smashed up the rest of the cake for the “dirt.”  […]

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Mmmm Kahlua Chocolate Cupcakes with Kahlua Buttercream Frosting

The beginning of my friendship with Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan, the powerhouse behind wildly successful culinary blog The Kitchn, was steeped in Kahlua.  She was probably in the fifth grade.  It’s a fun story. My boutique PR firm had Kahlua as a client for many years.  Pretty yummy work; our best PR efforts were culinary-focused.  Over […]

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Larry’s Famous Brownies As Seen in Bon Appétit

Bon Appétit, June 2000 issue, page 169: “Chocolate Chip Brownies” by Larry Steven Londre. As I re-read the article after all these years, I’m still amazed. Not that his recipes were published, but rather the side of “cheese” that accompanied them. Yes, his brownies are fabulous, extremely dense and chocolaty with a Kahlua kick. The […]

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