My name is Stephanie Zonis, and welcome to the December 2000
edition of "For Chocolate Lovers Only." Each month, youll
find recipes, tips and recommendations on chocolate specialties.
As the year draws to a close, I bid all of my readers Happy
Holidays, Happy New Year, and Happy Real New Millennium! Special
thanks to Patti, Tina, and Jocelyn, without whom you wouldn't
be reading this, and as always thanks to my family for their
Chocolate Recommendation of the Month:
Traditionally, the holiday season is a time for special decorated
cookies. But supposing that you have a family and a job and
can't spend the hours necessary to do the decorating you'd like?
Do you turn to cookies in the refrigerator case or a market
bakery, often loaded with artificial ingredients and preservatives?
You won't if you know about this month's recommendation, THE
CHOCOLATE MOOSE. This company makes gingerbread cookies
decorated with chocolate and other goodies, aptly named the
"Better-Than-Martha" © Gourmet Cookie Collection. They're beautiful
as well as fun; one of my favorites is the "Christmoose" cookie.
You can choose from pretty snowflakes, cows, leaves, even yin-yang
symbols; there is truly something for almost every taste.
But THE CHOCOLATE MOOSE doesn't stop there. They also
make chocolate pops and containers, including chocolate dreidels!
Look for the "Bag'O'Moose" ©, a not-too-sweet, ethereally light
moose in a chocolate "bag," and the "Better-Than-Sex" © Cake
(I'm not making this up). Chocolate edibles for all seasons
and holidays are featured, but, to me, these seem especially
appropriate now. Many products can be personalized at no extra
cost… a nice touch. Please order early, though; everything is
handmade and hand-decorated, and their culinary artists do need
to sleep and eat occasionally. You can find THE CHOCOLATE
MOOSE at: www.the-chocolate-moose.com.
Gift Recommendation of the Month: Chances are that most
people reading this are coffee or tea drinkers (or both). If
you are fond of "brewing your own" but like to add a special
flair to everything you do, you'll be interested in the Cafetino,
a brewing system based on principles developed in Europe in
the 1840s. This is a syphon, non-filter system perfect for the
engineer in you or for those who love functional objects of
art. I saw one of these demonstrated at a recent chocolate show,
and it was both ingenious and beautiful. The regular Cafetino
is made from 18/10 stainless steel, beech wood, and glass; there's
also a deluxe system (the Royal) in which the stainless
steel is replaced with polished copper. These systems are not
cheap, but they are made from good-quality materials and would
be an outstanding holiday gift if you're looking for something
a bit different. See the Web site, www.coffee4you.com, for more
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