May 30, 2013 |
Today at the ice cream truck, a free sample of chocolate soft serve comes at a price: You have to deal with Jillian (Jess Weixler). Hungover, bitter and thoroughly uninvested in the success of the company's promotional giveaway that gives "Free Samples" its title, Jillian is a law school dropout guilted into subbing in for her best friend, Nancy (Halley Feiffer), who is stuck at an intervention for her alcoholic brother. (Never mind that Jillian can probably drink him under the table.)
May 25, 2013
30 minutes. Serves 2 to 4 1 cup (4.25 ounces) flour 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup sweetened cocoa powder 1 tablespoon espresso powder 2 tablespoons brown sugar Zest of 1 orange (optional) 4 eggs, lightly beaten 3/4 cup milk 1 teaspoon almond extract (optional) 1/4 cup (½ stick) butter Heat the oven to 425 degrees. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, cocoa powder, espresso powder, brown sugar and orange zest. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, milk and almond extract, then beat the egg mixture into the flour.
May 15, 2013
Mom's chocolate chip cookies Total time: 45 minutes, plus cooling time Servings: Makes 2 dozen cookies. Note: This recipe comes from my mother, who was a home ec teacher. It's the one she taught me and my sister, and our friends from high school -- all of whom would gather in our kitchen after school. She added the oatmeal because it was a Quaker school. My mother made these cookies with Crisco and generic bags of chocolate chips. I use unsalted butter and coarsely chopped Valrhona chocolate (71%)
May 15, 2013 |
Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! Whether you're more of a crisp and crumbly kind of fan, or you prefer yours soft and chewy, this all-inclusive celebration requires only one thing: a sweet tooth. Oh, and plenty of chocolate. Ever wonder how the chocolate chip cookie came to be? The cookie was created in the 1930s by Ruth Wakefield at the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Mass. According to Nestle , Wakefield added bits of chopped chocolate to a batch of butter cookie dough, expecting the chocolate to melt into the cookies as they baked.
April 27, 2013
1 hour, plus setting times. Serves 8 Chocolate glaze 1/2 pound bittersweet chocolate, preferably 70% Cordillera 2 tablespoons corn syrup 2 tablespoons brandy 1/4 pound (1 stick) plus 2 tablespoons butter, cubed 1. Cut the chocolate into 2-inch pieces. In a heatproof bowl, melt the chocolate with butter and corn syrup over barely simmering water. (The water should not touch the bottom of the bowl or the chocolate will burn.) Turn off the heat, stir in brandy and let mixture stand over warm water until ready to use. Bittersweet chocolate tartufo 1/2 pound bittersweet chocolate (preferably 70% Cordillera)
April 27, 2013 |
Dear SOS: On a recent trip to London, I was quite taken with the chocolate chip cookies I ate at Gail's restaurant and bakery [341 Fulham Road in Chelsea]. I would be very greatful if you could obtain the recipe. Jonathon Most Los Angeles Dear Jonathon: Crunchy around the edges but oh-so ooey-gooey tender in the center - and with no shortage of chocolate to boot - these are a chocolate chip cookie lover's dream come true. The recipe makes enough for a dozen generously sized cookies, but I'd recommend doubling it. Trust me on this one. Gail's Artisan Bakery chocolate chip cookies 1 hour, plus chilling time for the dough.
April 24, 2013 |
Who doesn't want to descend into a chocolate haze for two weeks in Europe 's most historic chocolate-producing cities? Lovers of the sweet stuff can immerse themselves in chocolate factories, hand-crafted chocolate tastings and sweet sightseeing tours in Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, France and the Netherlands. The Great European Chocolate Tour in November is organized by Nevada-based Posh Journeys , which limits the group size to 14 participants. First stop is Holland, specifically Rotterdam Harbor, which once handled incoming cocoa to disperse to markets worldwide, and a 19th century chocolate factory that's has been turned into a museum.
April 19, 2013 |
Garlic cloves dipped in dark chocolate? Garlic cheesecake? Garlic beer? Bam! It's National Garlic Day , a day set aside on the foodie calendar to celebrate all things Allium sativum. Garlic, a species of the onion family, has been with humankind for thousands of years, dating back to the Egyptian pyramids. Photos: 10 outrageous ways to use garlic Rich in beneficial antioxidants, this "stinking rose" has been revered for its medicinal and culinary traits long before "antioxidants" were a thing.
April 13, 2013 |
Dear SOS: We had dinner one night at Brunos Trattoria on Birch Street in downtown Brea. Although most of what we had was actually quite good, we fell in love at first bite with the budino al caramello (caramel pudding/chocolate ganache/whipped cream). Yes, it was so good that we would definitely be willing to go there just for that! Is there any way you could get that recipe? Prabha Atluri Walnut Dear Prabha: Creamy caramel custard and rich chocolate ganache are beautifully layered in this dessert, then topped with a dollop of whipped sour cream and a sprinkling of chopped toasted hazelnuts.
March 30, 2013 |
Dear SOS: I am a former California native, having lived in Pasadena for almost 47 years. Our family used to eat at the Lawry's establishments all of the time. I am trying to find a recipe for the Lawry's chocolate Kahlua mousse. It was my family's favorite dessert, and we often ordered it on birthdays. Well, my 60th birthday is coming up on Aug. 19, and I would love to make this. Mary K. Pullen Everett, Wash. Dear Mary: It's as if Lawry's took everyone's favorite flavors and combined them in an easy-to-make dessert, with chocolate, espresso and Kahlua liqueur folded into a mousse that comes together in only 15 minutes.