Chocolate Recipes

No-Bake Fruit and Nut Bars with Nutella

No-Bake Fruit and Nut Bars with Nutella

I used to love granola bars as a kid. Especially the ones with chocolate chips or a chocolate coating on them, but somewhere along the life’s journey, the love affair ended.

Then, about a year ago, we were on the road and we had stopped in an REI to pick up some supplies. Needing  a quick pick-me-up, I grudgingly sorted through their health/power/energy/granola/random-good-for-you-so-you-can-go-all-day-but-tastes-like-crap bars.»

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The Fruit Burglar and Chocolate Cherry Crisp

The Fruit Burglar and Chocolate Cherry Crisp

I live with a fruit thief. It’s not Sierra, and I’m not talking about the neighborhood possums. I tend to think of us as living near them, not with them. No. I’m talking about the adorable and deceptively innocent looking Diane.

Take a road-trip with her and you’ll see what I mean. On a quiet little drive through the countryside and happen to pass an ripe apple tree growing alongside the road, the car will be stopping. Then I will pry the fingernails off my »

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Mystery X Cookies – Oatmeal Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mystery X Cookies – Oatmeal Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies

don’t forget the milk

Rummaging through our kitchen’s “don’t know where else to put it” box, we pulled out this mysterious cookie recipe. It was written in a clean gracefully-looping woman’s handwriting with nothing more than very basic ingredients and instructions. Neither of us had a clue who had given it to us, but that’s not about to stop us from trying a new cookie recipe.»

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S’mores on a Stick – Marshmallow Pops!

S’mores on a Stick – Marshmallow Pops!

Everyone has been giggling over Sunday’s adorable Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallow Pops.  Although they are super cute (check out Katie’s too), easy to make, and very festive for the Christmas season, they aren’t my favorite.

Even as a kid, I was never a big marshmallow fan. At least in it’s normal solid state.  Marshmallows in the big colorful boxes of sugar, I mean cereal… Pass the cheerios, please. Rocky Road ice cream… Meh.   But marshmallows which had been made molten under the flame or »

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Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallow Pops – Holiday Happiness on a Stick

Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallow Pops – Holiday Happiness on a Stick

There’s an obvious cult happening all over the internet and home kitchens. All the wonderful and cute blame goes to adorable Angie at Bakerella. Honestly (and unfortunately) we didn’t discover the world of Bakerella and Cake Pops until we met Angie at our last Food Blog Forum seminar in Atlanta. There was an energetic buzz around Angie and her fans were clasping to her new book, Cake Pops, like it was the hottest new toy in the food world.

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Chocolate Crack Cookies from David Lebovitz, Ready for Dessert

Warning: These chocolate cookies are crack, just like the title and photo suggests (but it isn’t really the hard stuff in the photo.  Powdered sugar and palm sugar were the prop fill ins.)

Need your chocolate cookie fix?  Here’s a little something for you adapted from the latest book of the dessert masterDavid Lebovitz, “Ready for Dessert“.

David’s chocolate crack cookies are highly addictive chocolate bombs of ecstasy that he originally crafted in the kitchen of Chez Panisse.  He innocently claims the name comes from »

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Chocolate Mousse Recipe – For all your Valentines

Chocolate Mousse Recipe – For all your Valentines

Valentines week is here to spoil every sweetheart in your life who is deserving of some chocolate love. A little whipped cream, strawberries and huge dollop of silky chocolate mousse says it all to show you care. We’ve already started celebrating and this sweet treat never gets dull. In fact, it’s a little too easy to eat and don’t be surprised if you inhaled a huge bowl of this chocolate mousse in less than a minute!

Chocolate mousse is luscious.  The soft, billowy, creamy texture »

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Chocolate Cookies with Peanut Butter Chips

If you twisted my arm and pinched my nipples to force me to name my absolute favorite cookie as a kid, I would have to say “Chocolate Cookie with Peanut Butter Chips.”

Oh such fudgy, chocolatey sweetness rifled with little peanut butter bombs. I love these cookies, and yet for some reason never make them. I don’t know why. They may be a touch more work than the chocolate chunk cookies or my new favorite, the snickerdoodle, but not excessively so. They are certainly every »

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Portrait Of A Gourmand – Dan & Jael – French Broad Chocolates Lounge and Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe

Portrait of a Gourmand - A gourmand is simply, someone who takes pleasure in food and eating. This is a continuing photographic series of gourmands, from all walks of life. There are many gourmands that inspire us in profound ways that make us experience and think about food differently. These portraits essays share their amazing stories.

Today’s highlight is actually of two gourmands, the lovely couple, Dan and Jael Rattigan of French Broad Luscious Chocolates, aka The Chocolate Lounge. The only thing sexier than this »

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Madeleines w/ Chocolate Dipping Sauce

Madeleines w/ Chocolate Dipping Sauce

Madeleines.  Elegant simplicity, deliciously captured in small, shell-shaped cookies.   The madeleine has a quiet grace, not preening for your love with mind-blowing flavors or chocolate oozing goodness.  However that quiet simplicity inspires adoration and longing. A  well-made madeleine has the ability to pause time, and allow one the chance to reflect and savor the simple beauty in life.

My love affair with madeleines began nearly 10 years ago when I was managing a cafe/market. Everyday around 3 o’clock there would be a lull between »

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Deep-dish Cookies a la mode – “Pizookie” Style

Deep-dish Cookies a la mode – “Pizookie” Style

Ok, enough teasing. The twitter followers got the inside scoop with the twitpics, but here’s the ultimate way to serve your favorite soft cookies, like our Chocolate Chunk Cookies ;)  If you are a virgin to this sweet tooth delicacy, let me introduce you to a pizookie.  A pizookie is cookie dough baked directly in a dish (just like Chicago deep dish style pizzas) then while still warm out of the oven, it’s topped with ice cream and immediately devoured.  A deep dish cookie.  Absolutely »

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Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Nothing brings unadulterated joy like a perfectly baked, warm, soft chocolate chip cookie.  The whole process of making the cookies; the smell of the chocolate, licking the finished beaters, using the edges of my finger to scrape every last bit of dough from the bowl, the scent of the cookies right before they are done in the oven, and finally to breaking into the still warm cookies, chocolate oozing and quickly swooping in with the other hand in order to not lose a drop of »

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Pi Day (3.14)- Meyer Lemon Curd Pie w/an Espresso Ganache

Pi Day (3.14)- Meyer Lemon Curd Pie w/an Espresso Ganache

Happy Pi Day everyone!  (For those out of the loop, check the month and day,  then remember the ole math classes- 3.14.)

Often when I’m stuck on a creative idea, (writing, cooking, photo, …) I’ll take a little stroll through the garden.  Somewhere amongst the plants lies the Clever Fairy, and if I’m lucky she’ll bless me with something good to use. However most days, the little twit isn’t anywhere to be found, but at least I get to take a nice stroll while avoiding »

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See’s Candies Giveaway Winner

It’s time to announce the winner of See’s Candies Giveaway! Thank you to everyone who left such endearing comments.  You’re clever turns of phrase and witty humor made picking a winner incredible difficult for the kind folks at See’s Candies. At first the comments were all so wonderful, that the people at See’s were stammering at the task of choosing the “worthiest” comment for a winner.  But they tightened their belts, pulled out the hankies, buckled down and chose a winner for this giveaway.

In »

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Grandma’s Fudge – A Tradition Revived

Grandma’s Fudge – A Tradition Revived

“Bah humbug”  was Grandma’s take on Christmas.   Every December we would receive a letter with that declaration,  however those letters would also have a companion.  A simple tin filled with individually wrapped pieces of homemade fudge.  A fudge that was smooth and tasty, and has forever left me unsatisfied with any that I’ve purchased.

Years back I found a typed 3×5 card with Grandma’s fudge recipe on it.  “Oh, the joy!” I thought.  “Now I can make Grandma’s fudge for myself.”  But the cooking »

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Copper Well of Chocolate

Copper Well of Chocolate

Chunks of chocolate, transformed into a river of dark decadence, kissed with Kahlua, then flowing freely from a copper bowl, unto a bed of plump, ripe, red strawberries…

This is the vision we had in mind for Jai and Bee’s March Click photography event over at Jugalbandi. If you have yet to visit their blog home, you’ll be whisked away to an amazing adventure of fabulous vegetarian foods, photography, travel, gardening and wisdom. We always feel smarter, healthier and wiser when we leave their site. »

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Pie-man Todd’s,  “Silky Chocolate Whiskey Tangerine Pie” for Evil Chef Mom’s 3.14 Pie Day Event ….& Sharing The Love Edition #4….Whew! That’s a long title!

Pie-man Todd’s, “Silky Chocolate Whiskey Tangerine Pie” for Evil Chef Mom’s 3.14 Pie Day Event ….& Sharing The Love Edition #4….Whew! That’s a long title!

Diane : The title pretty much says it all, except for the drama that unfolded for this event. Without having to divulge into too much detail (he was mean to me), here are the facts summarizing the process:

  • We need to bake a pie for Krysta’s 3.14 Pie Day. So many pie ideas get tossed around.
  • I wanted to make a totally fresh, delectable and light tropical mango pie, full of naturally sweet, juicy mangoes that are riped to perfection. Todd wants to make a
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Banana Bread Recipe – Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread, à la mode

Banana Bread Recipe – Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread, à la mode

As everyone can see, eating healthier is NOT on our 2008 resolution agenda. How can we with so many left overs? We’re going green in 2008, so that means we must recycle uneaten foods. Now that we finally have rain and some chill factor, adding an extra layer of fat to further insulate us from this So Cal freeze (4o degrees, brrrr!!!) is a good idea. Baking will not only warm up our cold, damp house with oven warmth and the smells of baked goods, »

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