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Grandson’s Chocolate Icebox Pie

“Do you want to make dessert?” I asked my grandson Daniel last week in Austin. “YES.” The kid is definitely a good branch on the family tree. “What should we make?” I’m thinking cookies, brownies, cake, … “Pie,” Daniel said with confidence. “Uh, sure. What kind?” I was a bit stunned. “Chocolate.” Ah, he’s very,…

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Choclatique Part 1: Dark Chocolate Ganache

Chef and author Ed Engoron has written a very beautiful book Choclatique: 150 Simply Elegant Desserts with a very intriguing concept: make chocolate desserts using different chocolate ganaches instead of chocolate or cocoa directly. His reason, chocolate can be temperamental and in certain recipes, like fudge, a temper tantrum can lead to disappointment. So, Ed…

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Valentine’s Day 2012: Fruition Chocolate Ideas

Valentine’s Day approaches. I one of those people who does the last minute scramble. I don’t like that, I just sort of fall into it. “Oh, how thoughtful,” Suzen will say. I hear the tone and I feel the guilt. So, this year, I’m thinking ahead. I’m thinking chocolate. I’m thinking the best chocolate I…

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Nanaimo Bars from Alice Medrich

Most of you who read this blog have never met me. I’m a decent person, mostly pleasant and with a bounded ego. That said, there are times when I absolutely amaze myself with my unsurpassed, astonishing ability to make a stupid decision. Last year I was browsing for cookbooks and saw Chewy, Gooey, Crispy, Crunchy…

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