How Do I ♥ Chocolate?
Some things NEVER change.
I ❤ Chocolate and I Guess I Always Will.
Hope You Enjoy This Reblog Post that Includes Some of My Favorite Ways to Indulge Those Cravings😊
Happy Week and Happy Cooking!
….let me count the ways! 😉
I know there are people who don’t like chocolate but I’m NOT one of them.
I L-O-V-E all things chocolate!!!
How about you? Are you a chocoholic or can you give it a pass?
These days, if at all possible, it’s organic cocoa and chocolate, as my first choice.
You can read more about why choosing organicchocolate/cocoa is the best way to go here and here.
And here are some of my fav chocolate treats, with recipe/review links where applicable:
My Fav Zucchini Chocolate Cake aka “Naked” Cake
And a foodie haiku as a bonus!
Quick and Delicious Chocolate Cupcakes
You can make these in no time at all and again, great with or without frosting!
Easy Chocolate Hazelnut Clusters
SUPER EASY to Make and Oh So Good!
Perfect for Valentine’s or any day of the year. 😉
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Recipes for the Fall Harvest!
If you are inundated with garden produce right now (and isn’t that a wonderful thing!) or just enjoying the bounty from your local farmer’s markets; I hope you will enjoy this selection of harvest recipes from the archives. 🙂
Sam’s Famous Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
Quick and Easy Zucchini Stir-Fry
(link includes recipe for Zucchini and Cheddar Fettuccini too.)
Naked Cake aka The Best Zucchini Chocolate Cake
(read the recipe, for more about the name!) 😉
Happy Cooking! 🙂
PS: My apologies for the very small print and a bit of wonky formatting in some of these previous recipe posts. For some reason, WP wouldn’t allow me to update to a larger font when I tried to do that tonight. 😦
The quirks of WordPress, eh? 😉
Sweets for Your Sweetie! Happy Valentine’s Day
The month in Canada that usually heralds the last, cold blast of winter. On the plus side, February is also the month of ♥ and Valentine’s Day! And what better way to celebrate than to make some oh so easy, homemade chocolates for you and those you love.
I have quite a collection of chocolate heart boxes from over the years. Some so beautifully decorated, they are like works of art. I find it hard to discard/recycle these. So much better to fill them up again, with yummy chocolates from the kitchen. 😉
The following is a recipe from my cookbook: Not Just for Vegetarians that was also featured in my craft book: A Year of Crafts, years ago as a Valentine’s project. They are very easy to make but still decadent and delish.
See page 2 for complete recipe.
This wonderful photo courtesy of Flickr
Yummm….Another Chocolate Recipe! :<)
Is there ever such a thing as TOO MUCH chocolate?
IMO, no, there isn’t. 😉
With ♥ DAY just around the corner (and nothin’ does say lovin’ like something from the oven!!) I thought it was a good time to share another chocolatey good recipe from my cookbook: Not Just for Vegetarians.
This is actually a cake recipe as it was originally written, but I like to make cupcakes for (ahhemm) portion control LOL, yeah right. 😉
No, I actually just prefer cupcakes. Little personal, mini cakes to enjoy and great to add to lunches too. 🙂
***I’m including the complete recipe on page 2.***
If you do make these as cupcakes instead of a cake, reduce baking time to 20-25 minutes.
These are extra chocolatey good, with dark cocoa and mint or regular chocolate chips.
And if you’ve never made a cake with mayonnaise before, you’re in for a treat. So moist and rich.
I made 10 large cupcakes when I made these recently. And I do mean large!
Add a dusting of icing sugar or a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side if you like. No icing required.
Here’s another recently posted chocolate recipe: Chocolate Oatmeal Muffins you might want to try too.
Happy Baking !
An (almost) Guilt-Free Chocolate Treat!
I was craving chocolate (big time!) a few days ago and not a square of chocolate was to be found in the fridge. 😦
I decided to browse through my cookbook: Not Just for Vegetarians and made these: Chocolate Oatmeal Muffins as a almost guilt-free chocolate “fix” instead of heading to the store. I’m glad that I did.
Yummy, oh so moist and chocolatety too.
And not too bad when it comes to healthier ingredients. A better choice than a chocolate bar! 😉
I keep sugar to a minimum in all my baking and used about a 1/2 cup for these. You might want to add a bit more, to taste if you like sweeter dessert muffins.
The oatmeal keeps them nice and moist, even the next day.
I made BIG muffins, that’s why there’s only 6 in the photo above. Eight regular muffins can easily be made from one batch of batter.
Hope you enjoy these muffins too and do let me know if you try them. 🙂
The complete recipe for: Chocolate Oatmeal Muffins is on page 2.
A Yummy Chocolate Fruit Bark Recipe and Contest too!
Found this recipe for a Chocolate and Fruit Bark over at the Europe’s Best site. Looks and sounds so good! 🙂
I don’t have a photo to share here, but there’s one with the recipe, at their site. I want some of this, right now!!! LOL
They also have a fun and easy contest on right now, for several Hamilton Beach small appliances. You might want to check that out too. A fun little game to play and no spam either!
Bread-machine Rosemary Flax Buns (with vegan-friendly options)
In the past couple of days, these recipes in particular have been getting many,many hits here at Veggies… as people start deciding on their choices for Easter holiday recipes and treats to make. I hope you will enjoy them too!
Remember Easter when you were a kid?
I certainly do….. A new Easter bonnet, decorated with fabric flowers and ribbons and pretty new dress (my mom was a fantastic seamstress) were both givens.
A beautiful Easter lily, adorning the Easter dinner table. Gorgeous decorated baskets full of colorful and delish treats.
Best of all, ‘giant’ (or so they seemed then 😉 ) solid bunnies made from the most scrumptious of chocolate, arriving every year from my dear grandmother Sabina, who lived in Winnipeg.
What are some of your favorite Easter memories? What traditions have you carried on in your own family?
Such a special time of year, in so many,many ways.
Wishing you a bountiful, safe and blessed Easter.
Huggs, G 🙂
Hydrangea photo courtesy of: © Caroline Brown