Mmm… is there anything better than a hot cup of earl grey tea on a cold day? Oh wait… there is… and it’s that cup of tea, plus chocolate and cream and cocoa. I’m not even a chocolate person (I know, the horror!) and I seriously love these. They are rich and decadent, but also subtle and perfectly balanced. In a season when I tend to go overboard and binge on other sweets, I find myself completely satisfied savoring just one of these. Ok, maybe two. Which is good, because my whole point in making these was to make some tasty homemade gifts for people. But who could blame me for sneaking just a few?
Hello, friends. It’s been so long since I’ve posted… have you forgotten about me? I’ve been lost in a whirlwind of work-completing, house-packing, stuff-moving, house-unpacking, baby-growing, and more recently, baby-waiting, that I just haven’t been able to take the time to pull together something worthwhile to share with you. And to be honest, nothing really has changed- I still don’t exactly have anything new for you. But, in an attempt to re-institute some kind of order in my life by organizing my photo file folders on my computer (which, somehow, is more appealing than organizing the boxes of actual files clustered around the floor of my new home office), I found the photos of this chocolate almond toffee that I took back in December. And I got a little bit upset with myself. How have I waited this long to share this toffee with you? Have I reached such a crazy level of self-involvement that I can justify keeping this delicious, buttery confection from you?! Continue reading
Do you ever just NEED to have a tray of brownies? Don’t deny it… you’ve felt this way. Sometimes, only a fudgy, chocolatey treat will silence the craving. And there’s nothing like homemade. But here’s the rub: I cannot buy bars of chocolate, bring them into my house, and expect them to wait around in the pantry until I get a craving for brownies. They’ve usually “disappeared” after only a few days. So something that could, in fact, be a pantry staple, rarely is. This is where a good recipe for cocoa brownies comes in handy. Because cocoa, while delicious and chocolatey, is never really in danger of being snatched up from its hiding place in the pantry and eaten on its own. Continue reading
So, I promised you a few days ago that I’d share the recipe that keeps me from getting sick of zucchini at times when my garden seems to be spitting it out faster than I can handle. Without further ado, here it is… Chocolate Zucchini Bread.
I got this recipe last year from my mother-in-law, after I subjected her to my complaints about the abundance of zucchini coming from my garden. When she first told me she had this recipe, she said something to the effect of, “I used to make this for the kids all the time, because it got them to eat zucchini and it just tastes like chocolate cake.” I was skeptical that anyone could pass off zucchini bread as chocolate cake, but figured even getting close would be worth giving it a try. Continue reading