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NOVEMBER 1999
RECIPES

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Cream Cheese Brownies

Blackout Cake

Chocolate Chip Noodle Pudding

Chocolate-Covered Caramel Apples



Sweet Spot

 


Hi! My name is Stephanie Zonis, and welcome to the November, 1999 (Thanksgiving) edition of "For Chocolate Lovers Only". Each month you'll find great recipes, tips, and recommendations on where to find chocolate specialties.

I urge all of my readers to get into their kitchens this month and cook something. Bake cookies, stir up a pot of soup for a friend, stir-fry--anything you like, as long as your kitchen is not merely a place to heat up convenience or prepackaged foods. If you have children, by all means get them involved. Cooking and baking are great life skills to acquire, even if you only know "the basics". And for me, it's wonderfully satisfying to be able to scoot into the kitchen and bake bread or make some really good mashed potatoes or turn out a chocolate dessert. Food is such an integral part of our lives that we often take it, and the preparation of it, for granted; I'd like to see that change. Good-quality, well-prepared food is a joy, and more of us need to appreciate it.

Chocolate Recommendation of the Month: This month's recommendation is Chocolatepicure, a website devoted to chocolate. Yes, there are getting to be a lot of those these days, but this one stands out for a number of reasons. There are no cute little anthropomorphic critters dancing around on screens here; these people are serious about good chocolate. The chocolatiers featured on the site are some of the best-loved and most well- reputed anywhere. You may not have heard of all of them, but I can tell you that companies like Wittamer, Richard Donnelly, and Gourmandises de Maliverny are famous for their devotion to their craft. There are recipes and tips, too, not to mention corporate programs and listings of festivals and events.

Chocolatepicure also offers three clever Chocolate Clubs. The Chocolate Lover's Club presents assorted, first-quality chocolates, while the Couverture Club offers chocolates specifically designed for baking and cooking. The Premier Chocolate Club combines the best of both worlds; the lucky recipient will receive both eating and baking chocolates each month for which you sign them up. In addition, there are chocolates in the various clubs from chocolatiers not featured elsewhere on the site. If you know someone who appreciates fine chocolates (or would like to start doing so), this company is for you. On line ordering is offered, of course, and your satisfaction is guaranteed. Check them out at www.chocolatepicure.com.

Special Section: Non-Chocolate Gift Foods
We all know them, we all love them: people who can't or won't eat chocolate. Want to get them some special food gifts for the holidays? Click here for a highly selective list of companies, all of which make at least some commendable non-chocolate food products.

Chocolate Event of the Month: Are you ready? The Second Annual Chocolate Show is almost upon us! This year, the Show will be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 West 18th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues), in New York City. Demonstrations by top pastry chefs, including Claudia Fleming, Jacques Torres, Francois Payard, and Nick Malgieri, will surprise and delight you. There will be seminars for adults and children, live music, chocolate tastings, a cookbook store with author signings, and much more. Chocolatiers at the Show will include Valrhona, Thuriez, Martine's, Christopher Norman, Perugina-Baci, Hawaiian Vintage, and too many more to list here. The Show will run from 26 through 29 November, and admission prices are $12 for adults, $10 for students with ID's, and $8 for kids under 12 and seniors. Hours: Friday, 26 November, 2 pm to 7 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 27 and 28 November, 11 am to 7 pm; Monday, 29 November, 11 am to 9 pm. For a brochure, call (toll free) (877) 246-2638. See you all there!

Do you have a comment, question, or suggestion? I'd like your input into this column. You can reach me at: sdziadwm@nac.net; please specify that you're writing regarding "For Chocolate Lovers Only". Thank you!

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