April 19, 2013
Gluten-free, but good The taste and texture of gluten-free products has not necessarily improved with the number of new creations, but the ones from Ginnybakes are an exception. Made with brown rice flour and other organic ingredients, the cookies are baked to a delicate crisp and taste truly as good as those made with wheat, especially the chocolate chip, the butter crisps, and the chocolate chip macadamia. The nut bars, a yummy mix of almonds, pistachios, coconut, and dried fruit, are my new fave.
January 4, 2013 |
THEY MAY not have been so good with dates, but those Mayans knew a good thing when they tasted it. Historians believe that a savvy Mayan swigged the first chocolate beverage about 2,000 years ago - a drink made from ground cocoa, cornmeal, water and chili pepper. And while he's sadly known mostly for his revenge these days, the Aztec ruler Montezuma's court reportedly drank about 2,000 cups of xocolatl (Aztec chocolate) per day, 50 of which were consumed by the ruling leader himself.
January 3, 2013
HOT CHOCOLATE is like pancakes. Both aren't hard to make from scratch, but for some inexplicable reason, most people use mixes and the end result suffers. Here are some wonderful recipes guaranteed to produce wintry, chocolate bliss. Boozed-up or "virgin," spice-laced or marshmallow-topped, enough for a crowd or a single cup just for you - there's a hot chocolate recipe to cover every need. The first one doesn't even use cocoa. HOT SPICED WHITE CHOCOLATE 1 pint whole milk 1/2 cup heavy cream 2 tablespoons honey 6-7 cardamom pods, lightly toasted and cracked Zest of 1 lemon Pinch salt 8 ounces quality white chocolate Bring all ingredients but chocolate to a boil in a saucepan.
December 27, 2012 |
You want something rich and decadent for the holiday season. Something chocolate. Something that will impress. Something that really says celebration. But you don't want to spend hours making it. The answer? A flourless chocolate cake. It's like a baked truffle - simple, yet sensational enough to impress your guests. All you have to do is dress it up with whipped cream and fresh berries. Be sure to cut small slices; it really is amazingly rich. Flourless Chocolate Cake Makes 16 servings 11/2 cups (3 sticks)
December 14, 2012 |
Saturday Chanukah bowling Join the Chabad of Penn Wynne for a bowling Chanukah celebration. Enjoy pizza, unlimited bowling, and a bowling-pin menorah. Wynnewood Lanes, 2228 Haverford Rd., Ardmore. Admission: $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Time: 7 to 9 p.m. Info: 610-529-9011, www.chabadpennwynne.org . Saturday Winterfest in Center City Bring the entire family out to Sister Cities Park's first Winterfest. The festival will offer a sing-along with Frosty the Snowman, snowflake science presented by the Franklin Institute, and cookie decorating, among other activities.
December 14, 2012
'Tis one of the all-time-great chocolate-chip cookie adaptations, made by Metropolitan Bakery with dried cherries, bittersweet chocolate chunks, and a sprinkle of sea salt. This year, the bakery is packaging them for a fab holiday gift: eight giant cookies in a jar - to keep them fresh and prevent breakage. Package of eight, $19.95 at Metropolitan Bakery, 262 South 19th St., 215-545-6655 and other locations after Dec. 14. - Maureen Fitzgerald Tres chic, n'est-ce pas?
December 5, 2012
Q: Kimberly, I love chocolate! Is it possible to eat it on a regular basis without totally ruining my diet? - J. Moss A: Absolutely. In fact, you can eat a piece of chocolate every day and still lose weight, no problem. The key, as always, is portion control. One ounce of plain chocolate per day will cost you about 150 calories. Other chocolate candies' calorie counts vary. A York Peppermint Patty is 150 calories. But one of my favorites, a piece of premium Godiva chocolate, is 250 calories.
November 29, 2012
Taken from a reference in The Magician's Nephew , Easy Nougat is perfect for the holidays, according to author Dinah Bucholz, and makes 3 dozen candies. 4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature 3 cups confectioners' sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/4 cup light corn syrup 1/2 cup marshmallow creme 1/2 cup nonfat milk powder 1 pound bittersweet chocolate, broke into pieces, or chocolate coating pieces 1. Combine all ingredients except the chocolate in a large mixing bowl.
September 28, 2012 |
MAE WHITMAN , who plays lovable but looking-to-find-herself Amber on NBC's "Parenthood" and the opinionated but confidence-shaken Mary Elizabeth in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," (see Gary Thompson's review on Page 34) is in a very good place. She's making music with her boyfriend, Landon Pigg ; "Parenthood" is the most loving, nurturing environment she could ever hope for ("I really could be on that show for the next 100 years and be completely happy. We're obsessed with each other.
July 20, 2012 |
Her apron smudged, Tegan Hagy could be found one day last week in her usual, if rather unlikely, haunt — a second-floor kitchen space she shares with a cupcake baker in the echoing vastness of the old Globe Dye Works at the edge of Frankford's postindustrial boneyard. She is the city's only — though far from its first — maker of bean-to-bar chocolate bars (hers are PhillyLoveBars), sourcing and roasting her own cocoa beans, one 145-pound bag at a time. She has bigger plans, of course.