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Irish Cream

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In the ‘spirit’ of the holidays, I toast you all with a glass of my special chocolate Irish Cream; ‘ May your Christmas and your New Year be healthy, safe, and full of chocolate!  Salud!’ One can spend a fortune … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Chocolate Dream – Chocolate Triffle

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Authored by Robert Lobitz – Any true chocolate lover knows that the year 1828 was one of great historical significance. This was the year that the cocoa press, which removed the cocoa butter and solidified chocolate, was made. This in turn … Continue reading

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Chocolate Carne Colorada (gluten free) & Kitchen Tips

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Carne Colorada receives its name from the reddish / orange color the meat absorbs from ground achiote or annatto seed. Carne Colorada is a typical dish from the provinces of Carchi and Imbabura in the northern highland region in Ecuador; it is … Continue reading

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Cacao!

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Finally, I found Cacao!  I am so excited.  I was going through some very serious withdrawals and they would get much worse as my mind would start panicking and thinking that I may not get any until someone came from the US to … Continue reading

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Cotacachi

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We have been busy adjusting to our new life in Ecuador, which you can follow on my Ecuador blog.  I’m learning very quickly that most of my recipes are not as simple here as they were in the states. This is … Continue reading

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100th Birthday for a Grand Dame

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Happy 100th birthday to you Julia Child!  Julia indeed had a wicked wit.  She was both an excellent chef and a great entertainer. Some of my favorite quotes from Julia: (my all time favorite) “The best way to execute French cooking … Continue reading

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Chocolate Mushroom Pâté

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I love mushrooms; I mean I LOVE them. Did you know that there are over 38,000 varieties of mushrooms available, over 3,000 in North America alone, with varying colors, textures and flavors? Some are so rare that they only grow … Continue reading