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Hi! My name is Stephanie Zonis, and welcome to the September, 1999 (Cake) edition of "For Chocolate Lovers Only". Each month you'll find great recipes, tips, and recommendations on where to find chocolate specialties. I've always loved baking cakes, so this month the column recipes are devoted to them.

Chocolate Recommendation of the Month: Sure, it's September, but don't put that ice cream spoon away just yet! As a rule, I try to publicize the efforts of smaller companies in this section, but I still believe that if any company does something well, they ought to be recognized for it. With that in mind, I must tell you about Godiva Ice Cream. I first tried it earlier this summer, and I was very pleased. It's beautifully creamy and smooth, with lots of "the good stuff" in it (chocolate flakes, raspberry swirls, etc.). If you can stop eating the Ivory Chocolate Chip, you're a better person than I am. Add to that the Belgian Dark Chocolate, the White Chocolate Raspberry, the Pecan Caramel Truffle...well, you get the idea; the flavors available (six in all) make up a group that lovers of chocolate and ice cream will be hard-pressed to resist.

Godiva Ice Cream comes in small cartons only (smaller than one pint), but it's easy to find, as it is distributed throughout the U.S. in a number of large chain supermarkets. I have gotten e-mail from several readers about these products; one described them as "the closest thing to heaven on this planet". I urge you to taste at least one variety, and decide for yourself! More information about Godiva Ice Cream can be found on the company's website, at: Check them out!

Non-Chocolate Recommendation of the Month: Even I cannot live entirely by chocolate alone; that's why I'm recommending Jessica's Biscuit Cookbooks. I have their current catalog in front of me as I write this, and it's so extensive that it has an index! Guides to beer, broccoli, and grilling; books on beans, grains, and pasta; pressure cooker and wok cookbooks; celebrity cookbooks; and volumes about regional cooking--they're all here, most at sale prices. Really, when was the last time you saw a cookbook devoted entirely to lasagne? Yes, they have one, in addition to a book on mustard, one on sun-dried tomatoes, and another based exclusively on quick curries for after work. And did I mention the dessert cookbooks? Jessica's Biscuit always has a huge selection (over 8,000 titles on their website), plus they offer the convenience of armchair shopping. Call for a catalog (toll-free, at (800) 878-4264), or check out their website at: If you prefer to fax them, you can do so at: (617) 244-3376. I have ordered from Jessica's Biscuit myself; their service is polite, prompt, and reliable. Keep this company in mind for the holidays--they have gift certificates available in any denomination. Take a look at the multitude of offerings, and you'll be hooked just like I was!

Chocolate Event of the Month: It's back!!! The Chocolate Show makes a triumphant return to New York City this fall!! This year, the Show will again be held the weekend after Thanksgiving, 26 through 29 November. The Metropolitan Pavilion, at 123 West 18th Street, will host the event. Exhibitors this year will include Perugina, Payard, Hawaiian Vintage Chocolates, Chocolates El Rey, Christopher Norman, Valrhona, and more! The admission fee is $12 for adults, $10 for culinary students with ID, and $8 for seniors and children under 12. Watch the October and November editions of this column for more information.

Non-Chocolate Event of the Month: Do you like barbecue? Do you enjoy a little friendly competition? Do team names such as "The Beverly Grillbillies" or "The Three Brisketeers" inspire you? If the answer to any of these questions is "yes", a visit to Kansas City, MO might be in order, at least on October 1 and 2, for the American Royal Barbecue Contest. This is the world's largest barbecue competition; last year, over 330 teams competed for braggin' rights and/or prize money. Categories include (but are not limited to) pork ribs, sausage, chicken, sauce, and side dishes. There's an invitational contest as well as an open division; smokers range from a refitted casket to a vat formerly used to blend tea leaves. The festivities also include bands, a clogging competition, and a childrens' area; admission prices are $8 per person Friday, and $5 per person on Saturday. This is the 20th anniversary of this competition. For more information, see the American Royal website at:, or call American Royal at (816) 221-9800.

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