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Chocolate Good Enough to Drink

So, today is 12/12/12, and Hot Cocoa Day is actually tomorrow. However, I’m rolling with it today. Come on, don’t you want hot cocoa every day? Ahem…

Of course I have my own hot chocolate recipe, and some others I dream of trying. Hot cocoa (chocolate, whatever) is a funny thing. I personally like mine about the consistency of liquid chocolate. But kids, that means I only drink about 4-6 ounces. It’s no gigantor cup. Because then I would be sick. And as big as a house. Too much of even a (really) good thing is just too much. If you’re only drinking the good stuff, you won’t need to drink a lot of it to be satisfied. It’s that good, baby.
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Hot Chocolate

What can you do on a cold, snowy, icy winter day? Drink hot chocolate of course! My obsession with recipe tinkering continues with this one. This hot chocolate recipe is what I make when I’m craving a cup of frothy, liquid, thick as a hot milkshake, chocolate. (It also easily doubles to share with a friend or sweetie… if you’re nicer than me.) It’s got all the right stuff: low notes, high notes and everything in between. Oh, and it goes down oh so easily… you might need some time to yourself.

I reveled in some inspiration from these two recipes, and then adapted it from there…
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How To: Easily Chop Chocolate

I love chocolate. I hate chopping chocolate. I hate washing my cutting board with hot water, and scraping all the melted chocolate off. I have power tools which could take care of such tasks, but then I’d have to clean them, with the nooks and crannies filled with chocolate dust. I hate that. Let’s face it, I’m lazy. But then I love chocolate. And sometimes I need to chop it into little bits.

I found a simpler way to chop the chocolate. Next time you need to do this, and you are feeling lazy like me, here’s an easier way:
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Julia Child’s Chocolate Almond Cake & Chocolate Butter Icing

Chocolate. Almonds. Butter. Oh Julia, your Chocolate Almond Cake is to die for.

Every time I go out to dinner, I’m always looking for that perfect chocolate cake recipe. I had plenty of duds that I paid too much for. I think it’s easy to overdo chocolate. But it’s harder to use restraint and the right amount of finesse to make your knees weak.
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