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I recently saw a recipe for chocolate banana bonbons but couldn't remember where.  I do recall though that the process required melting the milk chocolate and then freezing the bonbons.  The cover to the bananas was simply chocolate (I used dark instead of milk)  and almonds that I decided to substitute with walnuts.  I also added basil to the recipe.  Chocolate and basil go well together since the smokiness of the dark chocolate c...
I love the idea of cupid piercing my heart and that my husband remembers Valentine's Day, even if it is a made up Hallmark holiday.  Sounds simple but I do see Valentine's Day as another opportunity to celebrate one another, whether these are significant mates, friends, family, pets, you name it.  Our family doesn't go out to dinner on this day but I will make a simple nice meal for the three of us and of course a sweet something ...
I know this month appears to be about chocolate and it's not even Valentine's Day.  But what is a girl to do with these chocolate cravings?  Eat your dark chocolate I say. Chocolate pudding can be made in several ways and usually you would need chocolate, some sort of milk,  starch to keep it all together and heat to cook it with.  That's all good but this time I wanted my dessert as quickly as possible so I decided on a ...
Most weekends we go to an Indian buffet that we love in Cambridge.   I always salivate over the creamy  kheer in the large bowl being scooped generously by the patrons into delicious globs held by tiny overflowing cups.  Finally I decided to make a kheer that I too could enjoy.  Many may disagree and it's all good but white rice has little nutritional value for me so I used quinoa instead for my  recipe.  Plus I figured Gabrie...
I think that a healthy breakfast can taste like dessert.  Or dessert anytime of day can be healthy in general if made with the right ingredients.  I am almost certain you will agree with me when you see what this parfait is made of, especially since it is completely sugar-free but sweetly satisfying. You can make this parfait with blueberries or strawberries. And you can also make it in any glass or dish instead of a jar. Ma...
I have been home under the weather for a few days and really wanted something special for breakfast. Saturday was rainy and we were all hanging out in the loft so it was a perfect time to bake.  I had all the  baking ingredients I needed and a couple of fuji apples, all perfect for what I had in mind. I thought an upside down cake would be perfect because I wanted the top to be caramely and gooey.  We all know about the pineap...
I am crazy about dark chocolate, nuts and coconuts.  So why not put them all together?  My local Whole Foods makes chocolate covered clusters that you can buy in bulk for about $18.99 a pound.  I know it's expensive but this is because the mix includes sprouted nuts, raisins, blueberries, coconut bits and chocolate.   I figured why not try to make my own home version with a good dark unsweetened chocolate and about two cups of w...
There are few ingredients that I love more than chocolate.  And anything with pure cocoa powder just gives me sweet chills.  My life is filled with cravings for different tastes and today I was anxious for this healthy yet rich raw chocolate tart.  I saw a recipe at my local Whole Foods made by one of their recipe specialists and I couldn't resist. Best part about this recipe is that it is naturally sweetened with dates.  The wal...
Dulce de leche was one of my favorite desserts growing up in Peru, although there we called it manjar blanco or white delicacy.  There are actually different types of dulce de leche and they come in a range of  shades from white to deep brown depending mostly on how long you cook it. Dulce de leche is really nothing more than milk and sugar cooked for a long time with thickener added.  But the invention of condensed milk was revo...
Making these adorable spring cookies was a successful family affair.  It was still chilly outside on Sunday morning so instead of running out to the playground we decided to make cookies.  John and I were excited but Gabriel beamed once he realized that the step-ladder his daddy brought over was meant to facilitate a first class engagement with the goings of the kitchen countertop.  All the ingredients were ready to go bu...
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