8 results for tag: chocolate


Happy Endings

What a fun time of year to be in the kitchen! I love preparing all of the savory goodies and sweet treats that I grew up with at Christmastime. This is the time of year for sausage balls, cheese straws, baby fruitcakes and yule logs. I've been feeling inspired to try some new sweets recipes. With a holiday party at our house on Saturday night, this week was the perfect time to experiment. All of the goodies in this issue are yummy and very easy to whip up. They'd be fun and simple to make with children who like to play in the kitchen. While I'll be serving them as cocktail party desserts, they would also be excellent gifts for friends, neighbors and ...

On the Menu This Week

I wish I had a really good tale to share in this issue, but I don't. A combination of busyness and laziness has kept me at home for most of the week. I have, however, been trying some new recipes that I thought Vince and I would enjoy. So, they're my column for this week. Lucky for all of us, the recipes are easy and delicious. Each one boasts a brightness of fresh citrus. Great for dinner on hot nights, the Vietnamese Pork Salad and Beef Satay Noodles only need a chilled glass of wine to make a complete meal. Trust me, you'll love the icing on the cake. Excellent summer supper food!Vietnamese Pork Salad1 pound ground pork9 tablespoons fresh lime ...

Celebrate La Dolce Vita! A Taste of Italy (Part Two)

Have you ever dreamed of exploring Italy, visiting the cities and countryside, and eating as the Italians do? Join me on a culinary tour. Just choose a recipe and start cooking. By cooking and sharing regional dishes, we can experience some of the colors, flavors and traditions of Italy.Pork Chops with Fennel and Caper SauceAromatic fennel adds a delicate anise flavor as it cooks. Lemon zest adds brightness.¼ cup olive oil4 (2-inch thick) boneless pork chopsSalt and freshly ground black pepper2 fennel bulbs, thinly sliced (reserve and chop some of the fronds)2 large shallots, thinly sliced2/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley, divided½ cup white ...

Run, Forrest! Run!

It's hard to believe that twenty years have passed since the award-winning Forrest Gump was filmed here in our little coastal town of Beaufort, South Carolina. We're celebrating! To commemorate this great film I've channeled my inner Forrest Gump and created some yummy Gump-inspired recipes. (Photography by Susan DeLoach) Dr. Pepper Presidential Pork“The best thing about visiting the President is the food! Now, since it was all free, and I wasn't hungry but thirsty, I must've drank me fifteen Dr. Peppers.” - Forrest Gump1 large sweet onion1 Boston butt (pork shoulder) – 5 to 7 poundsSalt and freshly ground black pepper1 (11-ounce) can chipotle ...

“They Say It’s Your Birthday” ♪♫•*¨*•♪♫

One of the advantages of having a lot of friends, is celebrating a lot of birthdays! The past couple of months have been a whirlwind of birthday soirees. As is custom with the best of friendships, someone unfailingly volunteers to bring a home-baked birthday cake. The sweet confections are not always beautiful, but they're always delicious. That's one of the serendipities of desserts baked with love. So far this season, we've been fortunate to sample assorted chocolate cakes and several strawberry cakes made with fresh berries from Dempsey's Farm. I've even baked a couple of cakes for the festivities. This week's recipes are some of my offerings. I'm ...

Peppermint Pretzel Rods

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a pretzel dipped in chocolate and candy!I've always loved the combination of chocolate and peppermint! I've made chocolate cakes with peppermint frosting and brownies topped with crushed peppermints, but this was the first time that I had ever made chocolate dipped pretzel rods. They're going to be a new tradition at our house from now on. I have to admit, they did take a little time to dip and roll and then to dry and bag, but it was a rainy afternoon well spent. I've been handing out these yummy pretzels all over town. People's eyes actually light up when they get them. They're THAT good. Merry ...

Malted Milk Ball Cake

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a chocolate cake covered with balls of candy! Photography by Susan DeLoach Photography - Beaufort, SC This fun cake is pure eye candy! It's also delicious and requires no bakery experience to decorate. Make this dessert for Santa and you'll be certain to get lots of presents under your tree. Merry Christmas! Malted Milk Ball CakeOne of the yummiest chocolate cakes I've ever eaten! Don't let the whipped ganache frosting intimidate you. It's actually very easy to make.For the ganache frosting:2 cups heavy whipping cream1 (12-ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate chipsFor the cake:1 (15.25-ounce) ...

Mexican Fiesta! from Everyday Gourmet

Recently, a group of our friends came over to help Vince and me test some new recipes. Local photographer, John Wollwerth, joined us and took these great photos! Thank you to our models Mark and Audra Alexander, Mike and Kim Clark, Steve Danko and Vince Covington.  And, a special thank you to Sue Merrill for the beautiful flowers! Raspberry Margarita Salt your glass by rubbing a slice of fresh lime around the rim and then dipping the glass in coarse salt. For added flair, serve individual margaritas with a slice of lime on the side. 1 (12-ounce) package frozen raspberries, thawed 3 (6-ounce) cans frozen limeade concentrate, thawed 12 ounces ...