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Recipe: Dark Chocolate Pudding

When I posted my pumpkin pudding recipe I said I’d probably try a chocolate variation next. So here you go! Most chocolate pudding recipes use cocoa powder instead of chocolate bars for a super-smooth texture. I wanted to be able

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2012 gift guide for cooks posted on reviews site!

Gift Guide for cooks: Today I wrote my 2012 gift guide for cooks, tackling the new modernist cooking trend. It includes a link to my review of the original “modernist cuisine” book set, as well as links to various bits

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On Hot Chocolate Samplers

My husband and I have a long history of enjoying hot chocolate together going back about 15 years. So this year for Valentine’s Day I wanted to get him some sort of really nice hot chocolate. Now, really nice hot

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Recipe: Hybrid Hot Cocoa Mix

Recently I found a commercial hot cocoa mix that included finely chopped chocolate. I’ve had plenty of “normal” hot cocoa mixes, as well as the delight that is chopped chocolate melted into hot milk, but I hadn’t had a hybrid

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"Chocolate Cakes," Elinor Klivans

Pros: *drool* uh, I mean, fantastic results! Cons: Try not to go into diabetic shock, okay? Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book (published 2010) provided courtesy of Chronicle Books.   Cake, frosting, chocolate… ohhh my. I knew I was

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"Absolutely Chocolate," Fine Cooking Eds.

Pros: Wow. Delightful, hard-working recipes that showcase the best of chocolate. Cons: Sugar, calories, fat, calories… Rating: 5 out of 5 Review copy courtesy of The Taunton Press.   Hi, my name is Heather, and I’m addicted to chocolate. I

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"Give the Bitch Her Chocolate," Polish & Wotz

Pros: Deliciously vulgar and offensive; sarcasm paired with darling vintage illustrations Cons: Deliciously vulgar and offensive Rating: 5 out of 5

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"The Essential Chocolate Chip Cookbook," Elinor Klivans

Pros: Gorgeous photos; tempting recipes; wonderful flavors Cons: Structural problems; imbalanced flavors Rating: 3 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Chronicle Books. I’m counting this as my first review in the Soup’s On [dead link removed] challenge!   I’m

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The Ghirardelli Chocolate Cookbook

Pros: Delicious; delightful; beautiful photos Cons: FATTENING Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Ten Speed Press.   When The Ghirardelli Chocolate Cookbook crossed my desk, I did virtual cartwheels. I love chocolate in general, and Ghirardelli is

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On Eating Well

This morning I posted a rave review of Tosca Reno’s Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook. Why rave? Because it’s one of the first healthy-eating cookbooks I’ve tried that caters to those of us who are addicted to high-flavor foods, rather than bland,

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