February is the Month for Chocolate!

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February is the month we Americans treat those we love to chocolate.  In France, they take their obsession with chocolate very seriously and indulge YEAR ROUND! This photo was taken on A Taste of Paris 2015 in the Laduree Chocolate shop; a location devoted completely to chocolate including topiaries made entirely of this rich confection.  I wanted one of everything!

I will be sharing some of my favorite chocolate recipes and ideas over the next few weeks, I hope you indulge in my rich dark chocolate brownies AND consider joining me for my BUBBLE Party on March 17th, we’ll be making chocolate cups stuffed with fluffy ganache!

It’s a BUBBLE Party! Thursday, March 24th 6:30-8:30  If you love bubbles, you are going to adore this class.  Three of my favorite, affordable brute sparkling wines will be tasted; the equivalent of 2 flutes each will be served as we prepare tasty tidbits that pair beautifully with bubbles.  The effervescence will begin with fabulous Eggs Benedict with Avocado Hollandaise Sauce.  Sensational Fontina Artichoke and Mushroom Pizza will be enjoyed by all.  We will top grilled polenta with Ratatouille, slow simmered for jam packed flavor.  Tangy Goat Cheese Bruschetta topped with Heirloom tomatoes and balsamic reduction will be a tasty bite.  Elegant tidbits like crunchy cucumbers topped with smoked salmon and dill and melon wrapped in prosciutto pair wonderfully with bubbles.  We will craft rustic Frangipane and Apricot Tarts and Dark Chocolate Cups stuffed with fluffy Ganache for a sensational sweet ending.  Class Fee $58.00

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Homemade Brownies

¾ cup butter

1 ½ cups sugar

¾ cup flour

¾ cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder

3 eggs

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Spray a 9×13 glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.  Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl.  Add cocoa powder to melted butter and mix well.  Stir in sugar and then eggs.  Add flour salt and vanilla and mix to combine.  Add chocolate chips and nuts and spread batter into dish.  Bake for 24-28 minutes until edges are beginning to brown.

 

 

 

 

 

About Lorie Fangio

I am a lifestyle advisor with a passion for connecting families Around the Table for mealtime. We are becoming a society that doesn’t even speak to each other, texting and internet relationships are the norm and it is impacting our culture. I believe the human connection as we know it, is in danger. Finding time to spend together as a family unit can be difficult especially with dual family careers and children that are often hyper scheduled. My mission is to inspire families, with a no nonsense approach to real food. Gathering Around the Table is key to the foundation of familial relationships. Sitting down to a meal is much more than breaking bread, it is a bonding ritual for families that actually protects our kids from all the dangerous stuff in the world. With tips and techniques we can all get our families Around the Table!
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One Response to February is the Month for Chocolate!

  1. Barbara Wagner says:

    Marcia McIlvain and I want to sign up for the March 16 class. Thanks, Barbara Wagner

    Sent from my iPad

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