Happy New Year! My name is Stephanie Zonis, and welcome to the January,
2003 edition of For Chocolate Lovers Only! Each month, you'll
find recipes, tips, and recommendations on great chocolate specialties.
This month, I'm kicking back a bit after the holidays, so the recipes
are simple variations on the all-American chocolate chip cookie.
Quick to make, easy to eat, and fun, whether you've decided you
need a break from our high-tech lifestyle or you're teaching a young'un
about the joys of baking. Let's get into the kitchen!
Chocolate Recommendation of the Month: When you hear the
term "organic", do alarm bells sound in your head? Like
so many others, I once associated organic foods strictly with navel-gazing
neo-hippies, but times have changed, and so, I'm delighted to report,
have organic foods. Witness this month's Chocolate Recommendation,
Dagoba Organic Chocolate Company in Central Point, Oregon.
All of their chocolate creations are organic; even the few non-organic
ingredients are all-natural, non-irradiated, and non-genetically-modified.
Incredibly, the production facility is also powered completely by
renewable energy sources! This company may be small, but they are
veritable giants in their concern for their raw ingredients and
those who produce them; their philosophy embraces fair trade, ecologically-friendly
manufacturing, and organic/sustainable agricultural practices.
Well, all of this land stewardship and fair-mindedness is wonderful,
I hear you say, but how's the chocolate? Impressive, I think. In
recent years, I have turned away from milk chocolate as being too
sweet and insufficiently flavorful, but the milk chocolate and chocolatte
bars they offer might get me to go back to my old favorite (particularly
the latter, with the slight crunch of espresso beans and just a
pinch of cinnamon). Dark chocolate fans, your needs are not forgotten-try
the roseberry, lime, or mint. Dagoba Organic Chocolate Company
also makes ChocoDrops (ideal for baking, if you can stop nibbling
on them!), a hot chocolate mix, and cocoa powder; they even offer
bulk organic chocolates. Bars are available in a cute 2 ounce size
(perfect for sharing), and there's a sampler box with one of each
variety for those of you who like to be thorough in your chocolate
research projects. If you're looking for a nice Valentine's Day
gift for your sweetie, I'm betting this company can make your life
a little easier. You can find Dagoba Organic Chocolate Company
at their website (www.dagobachocolate.comcheck out the wild
Ingredient pages), or call them at (541) 664-9030.
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.