One of the first pages I opened in the book Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Hermé, written by Dorie Greenspan, was a recipe for Hot Chocolate with Coffee. On a cold early morning when you need caffeine, but also realize...
'Eid Mubarak to all of you and your families! What are you doing to celebrate 'Eid? What have you given as gifts to your family, friends and neighbors? What have you eaten and shared with those you love?  I...
Several weeks ago I took a chocolate tasting class taught by my friend, chocolatier and author, Annmarie Kostyk. I didn't really know what to expect exactly, but I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I actually learned about...
A couple of weeks ago, I was part of a Culinary Challenge at the Muslim Women's Alliance Annual Celebration Luncheon where three Muslim women were honored for their service to humanity. Each gave heartfelt speeches about their work and really touched...
One Saturday morning last month I conducted a cooking class for the winners of an auction at the Stars for Hope event back in January of this year. The auction item they bid for and won was a basket...
Last year I had the great pleasure of meeting Chicago-based chocolatier, Uzma Sharif, and tasting her truly exotic and unique chocolates.  She describes herself as "carrying on a tradition that began with her grandfather’s career as a renowned pastry chef in...
Yes! Chocolate is very healthy, according to author Annmarie Kostyk who recently published a book to that same end. The information below comes from a recent press release about Chocolate is Healthy!, a book I'm very excited to get a...
I absolutely love sharing tips with readers. It is so enjoyable to pass on things I've learned from doing or things that have been passed down to me by those who were willing to share culinary knowledge, which I...
A terrine is something that has been baked or prepared in a loaf pan. Most commonly known for meat dishes, terrines (a French term) can also be chocolate desserts. I love this recipe for its simplicity and versatility. It's...

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