Tag: chocolate

Comeback: Little Sheba

Comeback: Little Sheba

| February 13, 2009 | 4 Comments

I’ve been spending entirely too much time watching episodes of The French Chef with Julia Child that my friend Craig gave me.

I find Mrs. Child oddly hypnotic. There is something about her uniquely-accented voice and the not-entirely graceful movement of her formerly 6′ 2″ body that compels me to watch her.

And watch her I do. Over and over again.

This week, I’ve been enjoying an early, black and white episode wherein she gives a champagne and coffee party in honor of:

“…the Queen of Sheba, which turns out to be this dark beauty, made of chocolate, and almonds, and rum, and butter!”

She then invites us into her kitchen where she promises we’ll make:

“the best chocolate cake you ever put in your mouth.”

That’s one heavy promise, but I love her enthusiasm.

I decided to put my money where Mrs. Child’s mouth is and examine this cake and the woman behind it, however superficially.

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Events: Top Chocolatier Pairing Event

Events: Top Chocolatier Pairing Event

| January 13, 2009 | 0 Comments

All Summer long chocolatiers suffer as warm weather makes working, not to mention shipping their delicate product a challenge. But Winter comes along and everyone I know craves chocolate. Hot chocolate, chocolate confections, chocolate cake, it’s all good.

This coming Saturday you can indulge your desire for chocolate and find out what to drink with your favorite bon bon. CocoaBella Chocolates will be hosting a Top Chocolatier Pairing Event, featuring Christopher Elbow of Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates, Fritz Knipschildt of Knipschildt Chocolatier, and Jeff Shepherd of Lillie Belle Farms.

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Chocolate Advent-ures

Chocolate Advent-ures

| December 15, 2008 | 18 Comments

Let’s face it — Christmas is not about the joy of giving and receiving. It’s not about the much-disputed birth of Christ, or miracles, or even the tarting up of pagan trees while singing Songs of Cheeses.

It’s about whether you get your chocolate on odds or evens this year. It’s about whether your older sister will force you to give her your day’s haul of chocolate. That’s right my friends, this month is ALL about Advent calendar chocolate.

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Nosh the Vote!

Nosh the Vote!

| September 13, 2008 | 1 Comment

Check out Burdick’s separate Obama and McCain chocolate boxes. Not only do you get a jean jacket-ready button touting either campaign and a festive box tied with blue or red ribbon and bearing the party’s animal, but each box of chocolates is flavored in line with each candidate’s history.

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Event: Chocolate Festival

Event: Chocolate Festival

| August 27, 2008 | 0 Comments

The first weekend in September I will be flying off to Portugal to learn about cork, but if I was in town I’d be sauntering down to Ghirardelli Square to check out the annual Chocolate Festival. It’s free to attend, but tickets are sold for “tastings” and all proceeds benefit Project Open Hand. There are close to 30 vendors including Ghirardelli chocolate, Ciao Bella Gelato, Kara’s Cupcakes, Presidio Cafe and Young’s Double Chocolate Stout.

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Events: Chocolate Classes & Chocolate Truffle Recipe

Events: Chocolate Classes & Chocolate Truffle Recipe

| June 11, 2008 | 1 Comment

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to work with chocolate, you’re in luck. Chuck Siegel of Charles Chocolates will be giving chocolate classes. Head into the Charles Chocolates factory kitchen to learn the basics of working with chocolate through an entirely hands-on, intensive class led by Siegel himself. Starting with the basics of working […]

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CupcakeCamp & Black Bottom Cupcake Recipe

CupcakeCamp & Black Bottom Cupcake Recipe

| May 28, 2008 | 0 Comments

Calling all cupcake lovers! Make them or buy them and share or just eat them, this Sunday at CupcakeCamp. Cupcake tastings will be scheduled at different time slots (e.g. by flavor, baker, or store) and categories to be judged include Best Frosting (flavor), Best Cake, Most Creative/Unique/Original/Bacon. For those bringing cupcakes, the limit per person […]

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Elbow’s Room: Artisanal Chocolates

Elbow’s Room: Artisanal Chocolates

| May 16, 2008 | 5 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I met up with my oldest friend in the world to mind her three-year-old while she had her hair cut and dyed. As a reward, she said, she would buy me chocolate. Fine, I thought. I’m not a chocolate freak, so she’d be getting off rather cheaply, in terms of […]

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Resist the Box Redux: Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Resist the Box Redux: Homemade Chocolate Pudding

| April 10, 2008 | 6 Comments

I’ve been having deep thoughts about pudding lately. It all started when I was watching Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with my daughters. Twice in the movie, Luna Lovegood refers to eating pudding at a Hogwart’s feast. Every time I heard the word “pudding,” my mouth watered and I knew I had […]

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More Chocolate Cookbooks & Double Chocolate-Hazelnut Biscotti Recipe

More Chocolate Cookbooks & Double Chocolate-Hazelnut Biscotti Recipe

| April 2, 2008 | 2 Comments

We can’t ever have too many chocolate recipes, can we? Since the quality of chocolate available in the supermarket has dramatically improved over the past twenty years or so, it’s great to have a few more cookbooks that focus on using the most widely available products including chocolate bars, cocoa powder and chocolate chips. Here […]

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Chocolate Fondue Love

Chocolate Fondue Love

| February 14, 2008 | 0 Comments

I love Valentine’s Day. In addition to it being the day my normally unsentimental husband proposed to me, I see Valentine’s Day as a “free” day for eating chocolate. From morning to late in the evening, all chocolate is fair game. To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, I thought it would be fun to make […]

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Chocolate + Whisky Tasting at WhiskyFest 2007

Chocolate + Whisky Tasting at WhiskyFest 2007

| November 8, 2007 | 0 Comments

In case you missed it, last week I shared some general musings on the first annual San Francisco WhiskyFest hosted by Malt Advocate. And as you can see from my first post, we tried quite a few whiskies. Throughout the evening, there were numerous seminars offered to attendees, beyond the tastings on the main floor–from […]

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Hot Cocoa & Hot Chocolate

| November 1, 2007 | 11 Comments

Happy November! Happy cool weather, foggy evenings, cozy couch lounging, flannel sheets, soft scarves, cashmere sweaters, one pot meals, soup and stock simmering in the kitchen, and hot cocoa for breakfast. People often ask me what the difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate is. I like to think the answer is something akin to […]

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Chocolate Adventure Recipe Contest Ideas

Chocolate Adventure Recipe Contest Ideas

| August 20, 2007 | 2 Comments

Last week Tutti Foodie, Scharffen Berger, and Marcia Gagliardi of Tablehopper joined forces and unveiled The Chocolate Adventure Recipe Contest with a number of events at local restaurants featuring pastry chefs and chocolate. On Monday August 13 I went to Campton Place to see what Boris Portnoy {pastry chef of Campton Place, the restaurant) might […]

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