Chocolate

PPQ: The Cake That Nearly Killed Me

February 20, 2012
Mexican Chocolate Cake with Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Buttercream

This week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge was selected by Jen of Sweet Morris: Mexican Chocolate Fudge-Pecan Cake. And I’ll be honest. It nearly killed me. Or at least started a day that nearly killed me. If you learn nothing from today, make sure that you always keep your kitchen countertops clean. Especially the area surrounding [...]

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Chocolate + Chocolate = Love

February 10, 2012
Chocolate-Valentine's Day Series

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. I can tell because everything in every store is pink, red, and chocolate. And 4 of the 5 most viewed posts on the blog this week are indulgent chocolate desserts (the popular non-chocolate recipe is the recipe for a Blood Orange Margarita – now that’s why we get along). So if [...]

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PPQ: Silken Chocolate Raspberry Tart

February 5, 2012
Chocolate Raspberry Tart

Just in time for Valentine’s Day the Super Bowl lunch. This week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge was selected by Amanda of Homekeeping Adventures: Silken Chocolate Walnut Tart. As written, it’s a rich chocolate tart with a layer of walnuts hidden inside. I eliminated the walnuts and replaced the recommended rum and a couple tablespoons of [...]

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Grasshopper Chocolate Bark

December 23, 2011
Grasshopper Chocolate Bark

One of my husband’s favorite candies are Andes mints. They typically run a close second to peanut butter cups but during the holidays, they take the top position. When we were hammering out the details of our Christmas gift baskets, we came up with a super easy way to incorporate Andes mints with Grasshopper Chocolate [...]

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Peppermint Frosted Brownies

December 20, 2011
Peppermint Frosted Brownies

One last Christmas treat. Just one, I promise! Because by the time you read this, I’ll very likely be running around like a crazy woman just before our trip to Indianapolis to see the Texans & Colts play. A trip that heavily relies on the weather to keep us from celebrating Christmas snowed-in in an [...]

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Mint Chocolate Chunk Cookies

December 12, 2011
Mint Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Did you participate in any cookie exchanges this year? These were one of my contributions to my friend/Realtor/LeapPad Explorer Tablet-finding-ninja Brandi’s cookie exchange this weekend. I love the format of Brandi’s cookie exchange: 24 people show up with 6-dozen cookies, packaged in groups of 3. Everyone comes home with 24 different packages of cookies – [...]

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Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies

November 30, 2011
Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies

I love chocolate with just about anything. With peanut butter, with cherries, with sea salt, with caramel, and with dulce de leche. With bacon. The chocolate + mint combo doesn’t usually send me running for the kitchen but there’s just something about this time of year that temporarily wins me over. It’s 70 degrees today [...]

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Chocolate Gravy

October 12, 2011
Chocolate Gravy

Don’t wrinkle your nose. Just hear me out first. I’ve actually posted this recipe for chocolate gravy before. 5 (5!) years ago, one of the very first posts on a little website that three people knew about (and we were two of them). Way back before I knew that a Point & Shoot camera came [...]

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