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

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 of July with carols and the sermon…

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

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 look for solutions and to apply strategies that…

FAMILY, FRIENDS AND CHOCOLATE

I have a great appreciation for food and for all of the spectacular array of food creations that can be made when you combine various ingredients. I love to express my appreciation for food through the savory dishes and sweet delicacies I create. And, it’s always fun to share those creations with others. The Gathering of Family…

HAVE YOUR CHOCOLATE AND EAT IT TOO

  Many of us are quite familiar with the phrase- “You can’t have your cake and eat it too,” meaning that when you’re presented with two mutually exclusive options- you have to make a choice. You can’t have it both ways.  Lovin’ the Sweets & Lovin’ the Healthy Too OK, so here’s my dilemma- I love chocolate…