Milk Chocolate Egg Gift Box

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Surprise your loved ones this year with a Personalized Milk Chocolate Egg Gift Box.  Great to hide little trinkets or candy and perfect as the centerpiece for an over-the-top Easter basket.  Simple to make, delicious to eat. I'm not much of a commercial Easter candy fan.  I don't really love Peeps that much, they're super cute but I won't sit and eat a whole box.  They're not my thing.  Chocolate is where it's at for me and when I say chocolate, I mean the good stuff.  The handcrafted … [Read more...]

Death by Chocolate Layer Cake

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Layers of fudge brownie, mocha mousse, chocolate meringue and rich ganache make up this chocolate lover's dream cake.  Death by Chocolate Layer Cake is the ultimate special occasion cake. Do you know what today is?  National Chocolate Cake Day!  I've been saving this recipe for just this occasion.  The first time I made it was to take to my new husband's parents house for Christmas.  I saw this cake on a show called The Best Of back when The Food Network was still young.  The Best Of was … [Read more...]

Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Peeps

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Sticky, sweet Rice Krispie Treats are given a bath in a layer of dark chocolate then decorated with candy eyes and bones for an extra special spin on the usual snack.  A quick, last-minute treat that's fun and impressive. Dark and creepy never tasted so sweet. Is there anyone who doesn't like Rice Krispie Treats?  I'm sure there are a few of those weirdos out there....they hang with those people that don't like chocolate or sweets.  Who ARE these people?  Where do they come from?  I just … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Chocolate Martini

The Ultimate Chocolate Martini | The Suburban Soapbox

Rich, creamy and chocolatey....this dairy based martini is the best you'll ever have. June is Dairy Month which means it’s time to celebrate #AllThingsDairy! Fresh nutritious dairy foods like milk, cheese and yogurt don't just taste delicious; they're good for your body! Dairy foods are the #1 source of calcium in most individual’s daily diet and offer 9 essential nutrients.  Milk and dairy products are fresh 365 days a year, making Dairy Month a great time to think about exciting, … [Read more...]

Ad Hoc’s Brownies

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This is the brownie recipe you've been searching for your entire life.  Rich, moist, chocolate brownies from Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc restaurant.  You will want to eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.  Serve them with a scoop of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and make new friends! Everyone has a go-to brownie recipe.  Some of you go-to a box....some of you have a family recipe....I always used a recipe given to me by a high school friend.  It was fool proof...sometimes...when I didn't … [Read more...]

Banana Bread with Chocolate Glaze

Banana Bread with Chocolate Glaze

I'm a magazine junkie.  Let me be more specific...I'm a cooking magazine junkie.  I hoard them.  My husband has been known to call me "piles" because I used to have 6-7 piles of magazines placed strategically (hidden) around the house.  I couldn't go to the store without picking up a new magazine and I couldn't ever throw them away.  Ever.  I thought I might want to reference them later.  I don't....ever.  Well, I used to but with the internet I don't need to sift through piles and pages when I … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Chia Seed Pudding

I've been reading a lot about chia seeds lately, you know, those black, tiny seeds used to grow hair on Obama's head, fur on Garfield's body and other crazy terra cotta creations known as Chia Pets. Apparently, they are little powerhouses that should be eaten and not necessarily used to grow tchotkes for around the house. No matter how fun that can be. Chia seeds are high in protein, calcium, fiber, antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids. They are extremely easy to add to your diet...you can … [Read more...]

The Twelve Days of Cookies – Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

I saved the best (and easiest!) for last.  These are, by far, my favorite cookie out of the twelve I've made.  This was the first cookie I made when I lived on my own.  This cookie recipe and I....we have memories. I remember my mother making these when I was little.  And I remember not remembering what kind of cookie they were and hunted down the recipe for weeks when I was on my own.  I knew they were rich, chocolately and sinfully delicious.  I knew they were something I would make for … [Read more...]

The Twelve Days of Cookies – Saltine Cracker Toffee

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This is definitely an old favorite of mine.  It takes all the will power I have not to eat the entire pan.  In fact, as I sit here typing and staring at the crumbled up paper towel from the two I've already eaten I'm struggling not to run up to the kitchen and eat the rest.  I'm so glad I only made one batch but at the same time, these are incredibly easy to make.  They come together so quickly and clean up is a three-minute ordeal....at best.  This is, however, if you choose to use the … [Read more...]

The Twelve Days of Cookies – Chocolate Shortbread Bites

Chocolate Shortbread Bites

Two years ago, or maybe it was three, I organized a cookie swap at the office.  It turned out pretty well given that I originally started with five people and I think we ended up with about 10!  Ten different cookie recipes and plenty to take home.  It was a lot of fun....plus, it gave us all about an hour away from our cubicles.  There were so many different cookies that I had never tried before.  It really opened up my cookie world. :-) I hope to do that for all of you this year.  Since I … [Read more...]