Hi! My name
is Stephanie Zonis, and welcome to the October, 1999 (Halloween)
edition of "For Chocolate Lovers Only". Each month you'll
find great recipes, tips, and recommendations on where
to find chocolate specialties.
Recommendation of the Month: I have recommended King
Arthur Flour in the past, but I wanted to devote a
little more space to the company this time. Look inside
their Baker's Catalogue; you'll find almost everything
a baker could wish for, as well as some clever items you've
never thought about. Specialty ingredients and equipment
abound. And the chocolate--oh, my! There are four types
of cocoa (including Dutch process, which I recommend frequently),
in addition to some baking/eating chocolates with excellent
reputations. Van Leer, Peter's, Merckens, Guittard, Schokinag,
Barry-Callebaut, and Scharffen Berger are all represented
here. There's even a sampler pack, so you can determine
your favorite among four pre-chosen brands of bittersweet.
The chocolates are sold in different bar sizes; some come
in wafer or chunk or chip form. King Arthur points out,
and rightfully so, that the chocolate you prefer is the
"best" one; there's no right or wrong among higher-quality
chocolate brands. What a nice dilemna!
This is a
terrific catalog for anyone who's ever even thought about
baking. Do get hold of one. You can call the company (toll-free)
at (800) 827-6836. I've ordered from King Arthur Flour
a number of times, and I've been very happy with their
products and service. You can also visit their website,
at: www.kingarthurflour.com. By the time you read
this, their catalog should be on line (you can also request
a catalog on line). I think you'll be as pleased with
King Arthur Flour as I have.
Recommendation of the Month: I am delighted to have found
the-house-on-the-hill, a company that provides
working replicas of historic cookie molds, most originally
intended for the creation of fancy springerle cookies.
Look into their catalog or website, and you'll see page
after page of unbelievably beautiful molds and rolling
pins, with themes ranging from music to angels to farming
to the four seasons to medievalia. The molds are reproduced
in a powdered wood-stained resin composite, so they really
look like wood but are more durable and easier to clean;
if you are a non-baker, the molds all come with hanging
rings, so you can use them as ornaments or decorations.
edible decorating paints and cookie cutters and flavoring
oils, in addition to the molds and special rolling pins,
I can almost guarantee you'll find something you like.
Even during their busy season (now through December),
service is prompt and polite. Remember this company for
the holidays; did I mention that they have gift certificates,
too? Check them out at their website (www.houseonthehill.net).
For a catalog, send two dollars to: the- house-on-the-hill,
P.O. Box 7003, Villa Park, IL 60181.
Event of the Month: The Chocolate Show returns to New
York City! Get ready, chocolate lovers; it's back. The
1999 Chocolate Show will be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion,
123 West 18th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues). Admission
prices will be $12 for adults, $10 for ANY students (not
just culinary students) with ID's, and $8 for seniors
and children under 12, This year, participating chefs
will include Stephen Durfee (The French Laundry), Michelle
Gayer (Charlie Trotter's), Chris Broberg (Lespinasse),
Jacques Torres (Le Cirque 2000), Nick Malgieri (Peter
Kump's Cooking School) and others. Perugina-Baci, Valrhona,
Martine's, Thuriez, Christopher Norman, and El Rey are
only a few of the chocolate makers who will be there.
You'll be able to buy chocolates, as well as order them
for the holidays. Demonstrations, seminars, interactive
exhibits, tastings, a cookbook store with author signings,
and much more! Hours: Friday, 26 November, 2 to 7 pm.
Saturday and Sunday, 27 to 28 November, 11 am to 7 pm.
Monday, 29 November, 11 am to 9 pm. To receive a brochure,
please call (877) 246-2638 (toll-free).
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!