No Chocolate?

No chocolate? It comes from a bean. No beans. No way. Yes, way. And that coffee you started drinking again when you wrote the blog post, Coffee: Love Story? You remember: the day you decided ‘the ritual’ was more important than the health benefits derived in NOT drinking that gorgeous brew. Well, you better go grab a package of that Teeccino because coffee is now out of the question, too. But I was having so much fun exploring the beans! And meeting all those passionate (and handsome) coffee roasters. Why, that little foray into coffee […]

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Chocolate Chai Spiced Tea

As much as I love a steamy cup of sipping chocolate when the cold winds blow, this week my body has been calling for the warming spices in Chai so I decided to make … Chocolate Chai Spiced Tea. There are some beautiful chocolate teas on the market that work beautifully here and I’ll talk about a few of those below. You can also just use plain old black tea (or herbal tea) and throw some cacao nibs into the spice blend. Chocolate Chai Spiced Tea Ingredients 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into […]

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Nobody Knows the Truffles I’ve Seen

I love it when my favorite food bloggers compose a ‘top 10 list’ and take me on a blogging excursion to their favorite blogs and recipes. Chances are we all share the same foodie sensibility so I know I’m going to be in for a real treat. I also love being a chocolate curator and introducing YOU to the very best recipes and chocolate makers I meet as I travel the blog world in search of beautiful chocolate. But if you really want to know the truth, I ALSO like to keep these favorites nicely […]

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Some Like it Hot (Chocolate)

I grew up in Buffalo, New York. Snow City. They called it “lake effect” snow. I called it bliss. As a child I marveled at snow drifts that reached the eaves of my home. And icicles that threatened to pierce the skull of the mailman if he ventured close enough to the mailbox to actually drop the mail inside. Typically that mailbox was sealed shut in the winter months. We had to pry it open with a crack and a chisel. I consumed a lot of hot chocolate in those years. Still do. Here are […]

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Best Raw Chocolate Treats Ever

Photo Source: I have always loved blog posts or newsletters that compile the “best of” lists so I decided to create one of my own. This past week I featured some of my favorite raw chocolate treats and blogs on my facebook fan page because so many of my clients are dreading the holiday season and all the temptations they face at the office or holiday gatherings they attend. I wanted to give them some healthy alternatives to take to the annual cookie exchange. First, I want to say, I am not a purist. […]

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Cookies

My kitchen calls to me at various times during the day. In the morning it wants me to simply check in and marvel that I am working from my home (sometimes in my pajamas) watching the sunlight dance around the house as it peeks through the windows. Breakfast is simple. A minty green smoothie in the spring and summer months. Something warm and steamy in winter. And chocolate, of course. My kitchen calls me again later in the day when I realize I’ve been sitting at my computer way too long and I haven’t given […]

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