Uzma Sharif is a Chicago-based chocolatier and owner of Chocolat Uzma, both an online shop and a brick and mortar one  in Chicago. I just love supporting women in business, and those running a specialty food business at that. Her...
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...
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...
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...
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...
I've wanted to come to this restaurant ever since I first heard of its opening a while ago. It's local (to me) here in Chicago and now considered a gem of a restaurant in our city. An addtiion to...
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...
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...
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...

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