buzz for a chocolaty future with John & Kira’s

________________________________________________________________________________ order online for John & Kira’s Chocolates learn more about the Chocolate Garden at the Village of Arts and Humanities in philadelphia, pa Continue reading buzz for a chocolaty future with John & Kira’s

journey to the center of the cookie

once in a while, i love a big warm soft chewy chocolate chip cookie and trader joe’s journey to the center of the cookie is all of that in one. coming in a frozen pack of two these jumbo cookies have to be nuked for 65 seconds and then it is chocolate gooey goodness! it’s a BIG cookie so you have to share it with someone – hopefully with someone with equal passion for soft warm chocolatey goodness! be careful about two things – one, you can’t eat it when it’s hard – definitely not out of the package. also, … Continue reading journey to the center of the cookie

chocolate chip banana pecan pancakes

m was being adventurous and found this chocolate chip banana pecan pancakes recipe. i’ll admit i was skeptical bcuz i’ve never been a fan of the chocolate and banana combo.

but these pancakes combines the flavors and textures of the ingredients perfectly so you have some melted chocolate, soft warm banana and crunchy pecans with each bite. skip the whipped cream and syrup on this one – it’s so tasty with just the right amount of sweetness that you don’t need anything else!

it’s a wonderful – and healthy – way to start the morning (or weekend afternoon)!


  • 1 cup all-purpose 100% whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • a pinch of sea salt*
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large banana, diced
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped raw pecans
  • cooking spray
  • walnuts, optional

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dip into the bourgeois pig

years and years ago, i went to a swiss fondue restaurant with friends and went home hungry. perhaps it was the cheese we chose or the food we were given to dipped with … i don’t remember but i had vowed never to do it again. the bourgeois pig, however, changes all my opinions about cheese fondue. the decor of the bourgeois pig is awesome. friends arrived just before they opened and watched the staff pull open the bars to the wooden gates to the windows. you see stained glass windows and a dark lounge, with a belle epoque atmosphere. … Continue reading dip into the bourgeois pig

david burke’s can o’ cake

after reading just desserts nyc review of fishtail’s can o’ cake, we had to try it. first a plate of spatulas covered in chocolate arrive at our table for us to lick. then the waiter comes with a serving cart with several silver tins and other items. the waiter takes a plate of ice cream scoops (one per person) and a tin container of whipped cream from the cart to our table. next, the waiter opens a large tin of cake. he then pours salted caramel sauce on the cake and spreads it all over the top of the cake. next … Continue reading david burke’s can o’ cake

15 healthy snacks under 150 calories

it’s hard not to grab for greasy chips and empty calorie pretzels for a snack. but here are some healthy alternatives: 1/4 Cup Guacamole With 1 Sliced Medium Red Bell Pepper (140 Calories) 1 Cup Strawberries Dipped in 1 Tablespoon Melted Semisweet Chocolate Chips (115 Calories) An 18 Rabbits Bunny Bar (120 Calories) 2 Kavli Golden Rye or Wasa Fiber Rye Crispbreads With 2 Tablespoons Hummus and Cucumber (120 Calories) 45 Pistachios (148 Calories) Medium Apple With 1 Level Tablespoon Natural Peanut Butter (143 Calories) 3 Finn Crisps With 1 Ounce Herbed Goat Cheese (140 Calories) 2-Percent Greek Yogurt (130 … Continue reading 15 healthy snacks under 150 calories

food for beauty

i’m not big on makeup so i’ll have to depend on food and genes to not look frightful when i leave the house! so Women’s Health provided some “beauty products” from the supermarket. similar to the previous lists of healthy foods, it’s another reason to eat more good stuff! 1. Blueberries and pomegranates These fruits protect you from fine lines and dryness. Plus, their high vitamin C content keeps your skin nice and plump, says Glassman 2. Dark chocolate Dark chocolate can help protect your skin from sun damage and amp up blood flow to your tissues, keeping skin nourished … Continue reading food for beauty

a little fun for the new year

do you remember the days of waiting in line for Mister. Softee and when it’s your turn, you ask for a soft serve with a chocolate shell. then you watch the ice cream man dip the soft serve in some chocolate liquid and then hand it to you. even though it was just a few seconds since he dipped it in the liquid sauce, when you bite into it, the chocolate is hard and crunchy! well, now you don’t need to wait on line. YUM! Ingredients 1 banana cut lengthwise 1 big round scoop ice cream Reese’s SHELL almond slivers … Continue reading a little fun for the new year

super moist 2-layer chocolate cake

i received wonderful gift of a cake mix and cake pan for the holidays. it was the perfect gift since i was in charge of dessert for today’s dinner! the mix was a chocolate layer cake mix from Thomas Keller’s restaurant: ad hoc. the recipe was super easy to make – cake mix with 2 eggs, vegetable oil, milk and boiling water. i learned from a previous recipe that cakes are super moist if you substitute butter or margarine with oil. so i knew this cake would be would be super moist — and it was! i’ve never made a 2-layer … Continue reading super moist 2-layer chocolate cake

rocky mountain chocolate factory

sadly i am allergic but i can still appreciate good looking food, especially when it comes to sweets! so here’s a triple threat: chocolate, candy and fruit on presentation as a piece of art: candied apples. yum! but this place isn’t just candied apples – it’s crazy chocolates, ice cream, caramel popcorn, nut brittle and so much more … like … wedding favors! chocolate on glassware, champagne bottles, fruit, pretzel. you name it! love it! ________________________________________________________________________________ buy chocolates at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in seattle, wa or online Continue reading rocky mountain chocolate factory

chocolate (orange) rice pudding

i still have leftover arborrio rice from making rissoto so i wanted to find new recipes to use it. so i was excited to see this sweet recipe from giada. m loves rice pudding and i love chocolate so i thought it would be a fun dessert! the arborio rice becomes so soft and creamy. with the chocolate it is sweet and yummy! the chocolate and orange is very specific flavor combo that one either loves or not. next time, i may try it without for a wonderful chocolaty rice pudding. Ingredients 5 cups skim milk, soy milk or water … Continue reading chocolate (orange) rice pudding

frozen yogurt balls

why just have plain frozen yogurt when you can dress it up? oh yeah! rachael ray’s original recipe is a grown up and more decadent version with vanilla ice cream that is coated with amaretti cookies and amaretto liqueur, and is topped with chocolate sauce and whipped cream. but she gave some suggestions for a healthier version with frozen yogurt and a kid-friendly version with vanilla extract. substitutions or not, it is a crowd pleaser! anyhoo, here’s my modification of rachael raya’s healthier kiddie version that is even healthier, still kid-friendly and would-fool- you tasty. it is: vanilla frozen yogurt … Continue reading frozen yogurt balls