Posts tagged "chocolate"

Two-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse for Valentine's Day

 Two-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse for Valentine's Day
Hey, Valentine’s Day is almost here. Want to fool your special someone into thinking you’re a gourmet cook? Here’s your opportunity. Honestly, it just doesn’t get any easier than this. Not  unless you buy a box of candy from Fanny May or Godiva.  But you wouldn’t score nearly as many points. Plus, you’d probably have to... Read more »

Making "Prince of Tides" author's chocolate crepes

Crepe with filling before being rolled up.
I read Pat Conroy’s “Beach Music” a few weeks ago. Food plays a huge role in this book, as it does in all of the Conroy novels that I’ve read.  The author has also written a fabulous cookbook aptly named “The Pat Conroy Cookbook,” which not only contains recipes but essays as delicious as his novels. Conroy’s cooking has a lot in common with... Read more »

Make your own Valentine's Day truffles at Delightful Pastries

    Looking to give your sweetheart something a little more personal for Valentine’s Day than store-bought candy? If you’re the Martha Stewart-type–or even if you’re not, you may want to head over to Delightful Pastries on Wells to learn how to make your own chocolate bon bons, chocolate nut and fruit clusters, and truffles. Plus,... Read more »

After the snow stops, don't miss the really big event: "For the Love of Chocolate"

    Get yourself over to what will most likely be the most delicious fete of the year! The French Pastry School and the Merchandise Mart are hosting “For the Love of Chocolate” at the Mart this Saturday, February 5, from 7 p.m.- 11 p.m. Surely, the blizzard will be over by then! The annual gala promises... Read more »

Sexy candy at Vosges

Mamajuana truffle, with rum and chamomile
  Leave to the upscale chocolatier, Vosges, to bring out luxury chocolates for Valentine’s Day which are infused with an array of aphrodisiac substances. Depending on what box you choose, the Sweet Coquette Collection contains a selection of truffles with ingredients thought to woo a lover or arouse desire. Look for truffles such as Kumamoto, which contains Kumamoto oyster, pearl dust... Read more »

Delicious food photos in Martha Stewart Living

  Honestly, I’m not on a first name basis nor am I getting kickbacks from Martha. Having gotten that out of the way, I have to tell all of you dessert lovers and afficionados of great food photography not to miss the February issue of Martha Stewart Living.  Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the story,... Read more »

Save 75% on Long Grove chocolate!

      How could I have lived in the Chicago-area all these years and not have gone to the Long Grove Confectionery Outlet Store? Some outlet stores are disappointing. This store, which is located in Buffalo Grove, by the way, isn’t one of them. While the stock changes daily, when we were there–early in January, prices were slashed– 75 percent... Read more »

Angel Food: a heavenly bakery

More Angel Food Goodies.
Mud Pie from Angel Food Bakery. My good friend Bonnie has been raving about Angel Food Bakery for awhile now so in the name of research I had to check it out. This Ravenswood sweet spot is cute and cheery–with an array of vintage Easy Bake toys lining the walls of this unpretentious corner shop. Many of the... Read more »