Tag: chocolate

Chocolate Hazelnut Apple Cookie Tart

chocolate hazelnut apple cookie tart

Hazelnuts are something that I have grown to truly appreciate.  While they used to be the round, slightly bitter little nut with a thin paper skin that I would try to avoid in the mixed nuts bowl, they have now become a delicious snack and ingredient that I try to use whenever possible.  For many years, my knowledge of the hazelnut was a coffee creamer flavor or a sweet smelling housewarming candle.  No longer. nuts-74362

I have since married a French man who adores the noisette and have visited Europe on several occasions to find that the hazelnut or filbert is a much loved ingredient that is used in all sorts of ways from cooking to baking.   (more…)

The Lure of Chocolate-What is the Attraction?

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Laduree chocolate in ParisI think I’m pretty easy going when it comes to my chocolate. I like it dark; very dark (my favorite); milk; white; with nuts; with fruit; cream filled…well, you get the picture. But what is it that attracts me (or anyone) to the chocolate or pastry? Is it the brightly colored packaging with the beautiful bows or the intricate dusted designs on the tops of glossy chocolates? Is it the perfectly molded chocolate with the nut or fruit garnish that hints of the flavors inside? Or could it be the luxurious textures of chocolate and confections that are assembled like a glorious piece of art? (more…)

Bon Bons for Breakfast

Bon bons for breakfast?  Why not?  I don’t recommend them for EVERY breakfast, but they are scrumptious, have health benefits and, well, life is rather short.  This being my first blog post, I thought I would tell you of how my blog (and title!) came to be.

Several years ago my daughters and I use to enjoy listening to the very funny and lovable comedian, Bill Cosby.  We would pop in his CD in the car before a road trip and would prepare to giggle.  Our favorite stand up skit was the one about chocolate cake for breakfast. Mr. Cosby jokes about his wife scolding him after feeding his children chocolate cake for breakfast.  He explains that chocolate cake has milk, eggs, and wheat…perfectly suitable for breakfast!  We couldn’t agree more.  So not only do we not balk at the idea of a little cake for breakfast every now and then, but we have a tradition in our family that the morning after a birthday, we have leftover cake for breakfast.

During these same years, I came to the realization that how I started my morning pretty much set up the mood for the remainder of that day.  If I started with a good workout, lunches and backpacks remembered and a good cup of coffee,  I felt in control of my day and ready for what the world had in store for me.   However, if my morning was greeted with lost homework and burnt toast, my day was a bit harder to get back on track. (more…)