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More Chocolate Recipes - But Beware...

Posted on June 30, 2008 9:42 AM by Leann

After posting the recipe for zucchini bread with chocolate, I thought I’d do a little more hunting around for other chocolate recipes and what I found was about a bazillion cookie and cake recipes but also a handful of odd-sounding (but probably good) recipes I can’t resist sharing. I have made none of them so I can’t say if they’re good or icky but I can tell you one thing – they sound interesting! So, my only request is that if you make any of them, please let me know how they were.

The first recipe - Chocolate Covered Potato Eggs - is from the Food Network and I would love to try it since it’s a combination of two things I really like – chocolate and potato. I have to admit I’m a little afraid but I’d definitely taste it if someone made it. Hint hint…

I’ll let you decide what you think about the next recipe - Rutabaga Caponata. I can’t imagine what the combination of ingredients in this recipe tastes like but since it comes from the Saveur magazine website and contains bittersweet chocolate, I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt.

The third recipe I will leave you with is a drink and while the idea of it sounds great, I’m not certain about the execution so mix up a batch and let me know what you think. Again, considering the source is Absolut, I’ve really got to assume they know what they’re doing with the Cruzan Chocolate Daquiri.

Cheers!


So, it’s summer (sort of) and before too long, everyone I know will be trying to pawn their zucchini off on me. I mean, seriously, why grow it since you know someone else will and they’ll have way more than they could ever eat and run around trying to give it away. Happens every summer. You know what I’m talking about!

Well, this summer, I’m going to be prepared and since we’re friends, I’ll help you out. In my tv watching and internet searching, I came across a really yummy zucchini bread recipe. I saw Paula Deen make it on tv and then I found it on the Food Network website and since I’m crediting them, I don’t think they’ll mind if I share with you. Just don’t tell them and we’ll all be good. Maybe.

So, here it is:

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 eggs
2 cups white sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon orange zest
Whipped cream, for serving

Preheat oven at 350 degrees F. Grease (2) 9 by 5-inch loaf pans.

Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, spices and baking soda.
In a large bowl, beat eggs until light and fluffy. Add sugar, and continue beating until well blended. Stir in oil, vanilla, zucchini, pecans, chocolate chips, and orange zest. Stir in sifted ingredients. Pour into prepared loaf pans.

Bake for 50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove loaves from pans and cool. Chill before slicing. Serve with whipped cream and ribbons of zucchini.

Now, when you get all that zucchini from your friends and coworkers, just think of the yummy bread you can make with it. Chocolate even makes zucchini taste better!!!


Have you seen us lately?

Posted on March 28, 2008 1:54 PM by Leann

I have to say, I’m really overwhelmed by all the places we’ve been popping up in print and on the internet. Some of these I am happy and proud to take a little credit for but there are blog mentions and article inclusions that were just a complete pleasant surprise. And since it’s all pretty positive, it’s like a sweet little treat every time I come across one.

Most recently, I noticed there was a great deal of traffic coming to our website from a blog called Soule Mama. I was curious as to how it is that so many folks are finding us from this blog so I went to it and there was a lovely photo of a beautiful little one in the middle of nibbling off the ear of one of our chocolate bunnies. The entry indicated we are now part of this lovely little one’s Easter tradition and that just makes me smile. It’s a pretty neat blog so give it a read.

As for where you can see us next, I have it on good authority that we are being featured in the upcoming Special Chocolate Collection issue of Cooking with Paula Deen. The magazine doesn’t hit news stands for a few weeks but if you promise not to tell anyone, I’ll tell you where you will find us – page 122. We’re so excited, we can’t even tell you. The folks there were so wonderful to work with - real Southern hospitality!

Recently, I made Paula Deen's Black and White Cookies and used our Sao Thome 70% dark chocolate baking chips in the icing for the black portion. They were yummy and definitely worth the effort and the calories. Be sure to grab a copy when it hits newsstands. From what I understand, it’s their chocolate issue and definitely not to be missed if you’re a fan of Paula Deen’s like me.

Photo property of Soule Mama.


Valentines Day. Chocolate Hearts. It’s simple word association. You say one – you think of the other. At least I do but I doubt I’m alone. With the shopping done and the heart shaped box of chocolate bought (right?!) what’s left? Did you make a sweet little card with pink and red hearts and lace doilies? Come on, that’s fun and it’s really a nice surprise when you receive it. I promise!

Here’s another idea – bake something. I’m going to make our Ultimate Chocolate Cake. I know I’ve mentioned it before but it’s worth repeating. You’ve got to try this recipe! It’s fun, it’s simple and it’s delicious. Anyone can make it! I know you think it’s easier to grab a box of mix, throw in a couple eggs and some oil and you’re done but with hardly any additional effort, you can wow your friends (and yourself) with this easy chocolate cake from scratch. Give it a shot. You might just find a new calling but at the very least, you’ll end up with some wicked tasty cake!  To ensure your cake is a masterpiece, also don’t forget to also use our famous Unsweetened, Organic Baking Cocoa Powder.