chocolate · decadent · hot chocolate · Parisian hot chocolate

A study in hot chocolate part III

This hot chocolate defines decadence.  I don’t even want to know how many calories it is.  It’s just too good for words.     Just look at the picture on the above, the silky-smooth chocolate cascades into the glass calling out to you just for a taste.  Even while I was making it, it was… Continue reading A study in hot chocolate part III

chocolate · E. Guittard · hot chocolate · mocha

A study in hot chocolate part II

If you’re going to bake a chocolate cake, why not use a high-quality chocolate?  I have a few favorites, one of which is E. Guittard’s Cocoa Rouge Unsweetened Cocoa Powder.  Recently, I was looking at the package and saw that they had a hot cocoa recipe, what they call a cocoa beverage (fancy!).  Not sure… Continue reading A study in hot chocolate part II

chocolate · cinnamon · hot chocolate · Mexican hot chocolate · spices

A study in hot chocolate part I

Hot chocolate season is here!  It joins soups, chili, and other comfort foods that we crave during the winter.  So, whether you call it hot chocolate, hot cocoa, or drinking chocolate (though the biggest difference is that hot cocoa is made from cocoa powder and does not contain any cocoa butter), for me, chocolate is… Continue reading A study in hot chocolate part I

candy · chocolate · chocolate process · chocolate tempering · hot chocolate

Prelude to a study in hot chocolate

February is the month most associated with all things chocolate.  No surprise there since Valentines Day falls in this month.  For a long time I accepted chocolate as is.  It’s a magical treat conjured up by Willy Wonka types for us to enjoy.  Of course I understood the basic process of how it’s made and… Continue reading Prelude to a study in hot chocolate

Belmont Estate · chocolate · chocolate process · cocoa bean · cocoa pods · Grenada · recharge · surreal · The Grenadine Diaries · tree to bar · unplug · vacation

The Grenadine Diaries: Chocolate

Back to reality.  Sigh.  Will post some final thoughts on Sunday.  For now, I wanted to share with you my experience learning about chocolate production in Grenada. Chocolate has a long, dark history.  For those of you that care to know about it.  I’m not going to delve into it for this post, maybe at… Continue reading The Grenadine Diaries: Chocolate

agitation · baking science · candy · chocolate · chocolate tempering · crystallization · ESL · food science · language · sugar · sugar crystals · words


Agitation.  What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of it?  Your first thought is of something negative.  In fact, it is a verb meaning “to excite and often trouble the mind or feelings of,” according to  I would argue that in cooking and baking, agitation is something you depend on to… Continue reading Agitation

chocolate · commuting · commuting woes · curiosity · curious · curiouser and curiouser · kitchen lessons · learning never ends · Milk Street · podcasts · Prince Street · The Slow Melt

Bypassing commuter aggravations

Brutal.  That is one word to my commute.  Unnecessarily long would be another.  It shouldn’t be either of those, but it often is.     To keep my sanity, I turn to my ever-expanding music library.  Lately though, I’ve been listening to podcasts.  A few of my recent finds and favorites, in no order, are… Continue reading Bypassing commuter aggravations