SOME SIMPLE WAYS I ‘HEALTHIFY’ MY FOODS

(Featured Recipes: 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies and 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies) I absolutely do believe you can Have Your Chocolate And Eat It Too– but I also believe it’s important to ‘healthify’ (or adapt a particular dish or food item in order to improve the health value) our foods as much as we possibly can in…

HAVE FUN IN THE KITCHEN ON VALENTINE’S OR ANY TIME

(Featured Recipe: Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches with Ganache) Whether you’re planning something special with your significant other on Valentine’s Day or if you’re single and treating yourself to something special like a day to relax and pamper yourself– then why not make the day all the more interesting and exciting by heading into the kitchen…and to make…

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR GOOD CHEER AND EDIBLE GIFTS

(Featured Recipes: Extra-Chocolaty Nutty Pretzel Rods, Dark Chocolate Truffle Petit Fours, Truffle Pops, & More) ‘Tis the season to be jolly…so let’s spread some jolly good cheer this Christmas. And, of course, spreading good cheer isn’t something to do only during the Christmas season, it’s something we can do all year long. Whenever we have the…

FALL CHOCOLATE DESTINATIONS AND MORE!

  In the Fall Trips And Fall Comfort Food post, I wrote about some places I would like to visit this fall. One of those places I hoped to visit was French Broad Chocolate Lounge. Well, not only did I visit one bean to bar chocolate shop- I visited two. The other was Black Mountain Chocolate. I…

WHO’S ON BOARD FOR DELISH GOURMET APPLES?

(Featured Recipe: Gourmet Caramel Chocolate-Dipped Apples) Who can resist gourmet apples during the fall, or any time of the year for that matter? I certainly can’t. When the fall arrives, I’m always on board for making gourmet apples or doing a caramel and candy apple bar with friends- but, I have to say, I do…

FALL TRIPS AND FALL COMFORT FOOD

  (Featured Recipe: Mini Coconut Pie Delights) This time of the year when the fall season has just made its arrival but has not yet yielded its full spectacular vibrant hues- I begin to feel a bit nostalgic. I yearn to be outdoors and to take in the beauty of the changing leaf colors and…

CHOCOLATE PLUS PEANUT BUTTER, OH MY GOODNESS!

(Featured Recipe: Jumbo Peanut Butter Cookies with Dark Ganache)  I’m all about combining certain flavors in order to produce amazing desserts that are tested several times until the taste is spot on! When I create in my kitchen, I often make foods that have spicy, nutty, tangy, sweet and bold flavors. I enjoy using a…

TEA AND CONFECTIONS

(Featured Recipe: Chai Coconut Dessert Tea)  My favorite beverage pairing with confections of all kinds, including chocolate, is hot tea. It’s a wonderful thing to begin the morning, or to relax at the end of a long day, with a cup of hot tea and a petite pastry. Tea has many health benefits, and it…

CHRISTMAS IN JULY DESSERTS

(Featured Recipe: Chocolate Cups with Cranberry Crème) Christmas in July Who else likes the idea of Christmas in July? And what exactly is Christmas in July? There are different stories about how the Christmas in July tradition began. In the early 1940s, the pastor and congregation of Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, DC celebrated Christmas in the month…

CRAZY KIND OF LOVE FOR CHOCOLATE

(Featured Recipe: White Chocolate Ganache Salted Caramel Filled Cups)  My ardent passion for chocolate, or as I call it- Crazy Kind Of Love For Chocolate, has caused me to seek out the most indulgent and satisfying chocolate confections and pastries I can find. In my local area, there are a few places I visit that I enjoy returning to…

CHOCOLATE TREATS MADE SIMPLE

(Featured Recipe: Chocolate-Bottom Peanut Butter & Honey Cookies) I am the Simple Chocolatier, and I’m a big believer of simplicity. Many of us juggle a lot of day-to-day tasks, trying to get as much done as possible. Our lives can become way too stressed, as a result. I came to a point where I began to…