Chocolate Goat’s Milk Ice Cream

March 31, 2010
Thumbnail image for Chocolate Goat’s Milk Ice Cream Last year I was fortunate enough to be sent some incredible chocolate by the Askinosie chocolate company. Of all the chocolates, my favorite one was their "Dark Milk" chocolate made with Goat's Milk. I'd never had anything called "dark" milk chocolate nor had I ever had a chocolate bar made with goat's milk. I was instantly smitten and knew I wanted to make something with that flavor profile....
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Customize your own Chocolate Bars with Chocri Chocolates

January 11, 2010


Custom-made Chocri chocolate bars.

About a month ago, I received an email from a company called Chocri originally based in Germany and now in the US, asking if I’d like to try their custom-made chocolate bars. Even though I love chocolate, I was busy and put off looking at their web site for a few weeks. When I finally logged in to their test site and checked out, I was overwhelmed with choice; their claim is 10 Billion (yes, billion) flavor combinations! 

Here’s how it works; choose your chocolate (dark, milk or white, all organic and Fair Trade) and then choose up to five toppings to go on top. You get to create a name for your bar and it’s printed right on the package. The toppings range from the normal; candies, fruits and nuts to the unusual; spices, grains and candy decorations. There’s everything from roasted almonds, to goji berries to …

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Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel and Fleur de Sel Praline

December 7, 2009

Chocolate Caramel Cake with Fleur de Sel Praline

Every Thanksgiving I make two desserts. One is always a pumpkin mousse pie and the other is usually something chocolate. This year I really wanted a show-stopper and decided I wanted a chocolate cake which had salted caramel in it in some way.  The original recipe came from Bon Appetit and can be found here, but I made some changes to the recipe (see notes at bottom) and added my own touch, the Fleur de Sel Praline for the garnish and inside the cake.

The cake has a lot of parts, but if you take it one step at a time and do some of it in advance, it’s not that difficult. I was very pleased with the way it turned out; the cake itself is rich with a bite of coffee flavor, the caramel has a nice tang to it from the addititon of the sour cream, and …

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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Ice Cream

September 29, 2009

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Call me a geek, but I love “tech” stuff. I got my first digital camera over a decade ago and (our travelogue web site started in early ’98) was one of the first ones of its kind out there. Now everyone and their brother has a blog.
When Twitter arrived on the scene, I was quickly hooked. I didn’t quite get it at first, but then I realized the more people you follow with similar interests, the more fun it becomes. Once I had people following me back, the conversations started flowing and it became really interesting.

One of the things I love about Twitter are the incredible people I’ve met in the food blogging world. I’ve learned so much from them in such a short period of time. Some are funny and make me laugh every day, some have inspired me, and …

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Chocolate Ganache Tart with Fresh Strawberries; or How to Make Sweet Tart Dough

May 9, 2009
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We have a tradition of Sunday dinners in our family. I don’t have a particularly large, related-by-blood family, but I do have a wonderful group of friends who have become our extended family and are as much my sisters and brothers as if we shared the same DNA.
The dinners don’t happen every Sunday, but we try at least once a month. Occasionally, they are at my house, but usually my mother is the one to host these meals, inviting a changing cast of characters, some new, some spanning decades. Over the years it has evolved; first my mom’s friends and “strays”, then my friends (and later, my husband’s friends) came into the mix. Once our generation got married, our friend’s kids now come to Sunday dinner.

This past Sunday, my mom made an amazing rolled pork loin filled with arugula and caramelized onions (see where I get my obsession …

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