Hi! My name is Stephanie Zonis,
and welcome to the December, 2004 edition of For Chocolate
Lovers Only! Each month, you’ll find a recipe
or two, tips, and recommendations on great chocolate specialties.
Once again, as the year draws to a close, I’d like to
thank StarChefs.com, my family and friends, and my readers.
This month is about keeping the holidays simple and sweet---no,
really! I’m aiming to remove stress (at least in chocolate)
from your season this year. You’ll notice that these
recipes are easy; while the end products are not elaborate
creations, they look good and taste wonderful. Remember that
food needn’t be complicated or overly-ornate to make
people happy. So kick back a little this December. Happy holidays
to you all, and a very Happy New Year!
Chocolate Recommendation of the Month: I
decided long ago that the way food looks, while important,
is secondary to how it tastes. Over and over, I’ve encountered
instances in which I was presented with a dessert that looked
sensational, only to find it disappointing in flavor or texture
or composition, the “all show and no go” syndrome.
So it was with a touch of suspicion that I viewed the beautiful
photos on the website of Woodhouse Chocolate.
But after trying these chocolates, I may have to tear up my
Skeptics Anonymous membership card. What a lovely surprise!
Gorgeous, petite truffles and chocolates with looks both glamorous
and appealing, and tastes that only surpass one’s expectations.
Try the Mocha Cream, with it’s fluffy-textured interior
so reminiscent of the chocolates I got in Belgium. The Fresh
Mint is a great favorite of mine; I find the blend of chocolate
and mint perfect. And how ‘bout that Milk Chocolate
Truffle? I’m usually a much bigger fan of darker chocolates
these days, but the creaminess of the center combined with
an outer coating of cocoa that toned down the sweetness just
enough…well, let’s just say that most of my friends’
pleadings for these fell on deaf ears.
Woodhouse Chocolate is the baby of John
and Tracy Anderson, former wine-makers. After twenty years
of grapes, they decided it was time for something new, and
I’m glad they did. One aspect of these chocolates that
particularly impresses me is their freshness, which is undeniable.
And the exterior shells on both the truffles and other pieces
are wonderfully thin and delicate. Other offerings by this
new venture include caramels and chocolate bars, neither of
which I’ve tried. While it isn’t possible to select
the exact chocolates you’d like in an assortment at
this busy time of year, requests for those with food allergies
can probably be accommodated if you don’t wait until
the very last minute to order. If you haven’t gotten
through your holiday shopping list yet (and who has?) head
over to this www.woodhousechocolate.com,
look through the Index of Chocolates, and try not to go too
crazy with your ordering. Woodhouse Chocolate
can also be reached by phone, toll-free at (800) 966-3468,
or in California at (707) 963-8413.
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