Hi! My name is Stephanie Zonis, and welcome to the February,
1999 edition of "For Chocolate Lovers Only". Each month you'll
find great recipes, tips, and recommendations on where to find
Chocolate Recommendation of the Month: Christopher
Norman Chocolates, Ltd.. can be reached via e-mail at: CocoaKings@aol.com,
by phone at (212) 677-3722, by fax at (212)677-8687, or by regular
mail at 75 Bank St., Suite 2-K, New York, NY 10014-5911 (there
is no website). Chocolate is very popular as a Valentine's Day
gift, of course, but this is chocolate for the discriminating
chocolate lover. The pieces are classy and beautiful and very
expensive, as befits artisanal chocolates made by hand. "Standard"
fillings range from maple walnut to mountain mint; more exotic
creations feature flavors such as star anise and dark chocolate,
Tuscan red wine in bittersweet chocolate, and something called
"Cupids & Cream" (dark and white chocolates with cinnamon and
cardamom, covered in milk chocolate--billed as an ode to Valentine's
Day). No matter what you select, however, there's nothing "standard"
about the quality of these confections! New to the line are
small, distinctively-wrapped chocolate bars; my favorite is
a gianduja in dark chocolate. In addition, the gift wraps used
for their boxes are gorgeous. Of course they mail order, and
there are even a few retail locations (contact them for details).
Christopher Norman Chocolates advertises their products as a
"fin-de-siecle necessity", and they might just be right. This
is chocolate made by craftspeople, not by machines, and I can
assure you that you will get what you pay for. Try some today!
Chocolate Question of the Month: Recently a reader inquired
about the names and contact information for chocolate cooking
schools in this country. I thought this was a terrific idea;
imagine a cooking school devoted entirely to chocolate! Unfortunately,
I don't know of any such places. I think that a web search would
be the way to go here; many cooking schools must be on line
by now, and I'd certainly expect them to advertise any chocolate
classes or programs they have, as chocolate desserts are so
popular. Incidentally, if any of you do know of the existence
of a chocolate cooking school, please tell me about it.
Do you have a comment, question, or suggestion? I'd like your
input into this column. You can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org;please
specify that you're writing regarding "For Chocolate Lovers
Only". Thank you!