If you’ve never had a chocolate tequila cocktail, today’s the day: July 24th is National Tequila Day. Since the Margarita cocktail has its own holiday (National Margarita Day is February 22nd), celebrate with a different tequila cocktail. Beyond the Margarita, some of the most popular tequila cocktails are: Bloody Maria: tequila, tomato juice, worcestershire sauce, […]

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[1] A chocolate hamburger, made with pandoro. [2] Pandoro is ubiquitous during the holiday season, but you can find it year-round. If you can’t, substitute pound cake in this recipe. [3] There are numerous other uses for pandoro (all photos courtesy Bauli).   May is National Hamburger Month, and Chef Luca Manfè’s Chocolate Pandoro Burger […]

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[1] That’s one big cookie! Here’s the recipe from A Cozy Kitchen.   Hey Cookie Monster, and the cookie monsters within us: May 15th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. We’re going for this jumbo chocolate chip cookie, from A Cozy Kitchen. It’s baked in a 12-inch skillet. That makes it a family-size chocolate chip […]

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[1] Covered in top-quality chocolate, a couple of these mini pretzels are a guilt-free treat. [2] You can set them out for guests, but we kept the bag to ourselves (both photos courtesy Edward Marc Chocolatier).   You can find chocolate-covered pretzels in stores nationwide. So why are these from Edward Marc Chocolatier so special? […]

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February 26th is National Pistachio Day. Long, long ago, if we had been a good girl, Mom would take us to Howard Johnson’s for a pistachio hot fudge sundae. Howard Johnson’s is long gone, and it isn’t easy to find pistachio ice cream. But here’s an easy recipe for pistachio fudge.     PISTACHIOS FROM […]

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[1] A chocolate torte—a short, dense cake—topped with chocolate truffles (photo courtesy King Arthur Flour). [2] A coconut torte: one dense layer (photo courtesy Food 52). [3] A chocolate tart. Notice the chocolate crust around the perimeter (photo courtesy Pichet Ong).   Happy Valentine’s Day! If this chocolate truffle torte looks good to you (photo […]

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Not everyone wants chocolate for Valentine’s Day. Here are three better-for-you options for that someone special.     1. LAUDEMIO FRESCOBALDI EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL There are enough excellent EVOOs out there to make decision-making difficult. So here’s an easy choice: Marchesi de Frescobaldi Laudemio Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil (photo #1). Silky and elegant, […]

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[1] Sink your teeth into this chocolate peanut butter cheesecake (photo courtesy Plugra). [2] Use your favorite creamy peanut butter (photo courtesy Jif). [3] The better the chocolate you use, the better-tasting the outcome will be (photo courtesy Nothin’ But Foods).   National Peanut Butter Day is January 24th. We’ve had many flavors of cheesecake […]

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For lovers of candy canes and chocolate, here’s an elegant upgrade to peppermint bark: The Candy Cane Bar from Éclat Chocolate. Inspired by the classic candy cane, and bark with chipped pieces, this bar lovely bar is almost too pretty to eat. There’s a top layer of white chocolate with a red stripe, a bottom […]

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