Tag Archives: chocolate


17 Jul

It is my contention that “potlucks” should be renamed to “pot-unlucks.”  Why?  Because I’m a perfectionist, that’s why.  And I spend more time than I want to admit pouring over recipe books because secretly, I want to have that *one* recipe over which everyone ogles… 

…that *one* recipe that has relative after relative coming to ask how you made it.  That *one* recipe you overhear (or eavesdrop) Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben praising at the next table.  That *one* recipe that actually looks delectable despite the meager presentation provided by a styrofoam plate.  That *one* recipe that doesn’t ooze and mix disgustingly with your adjacent mashed potatoes.  That *one* recipe that lives up to even Grandma’s standards.  And I know, ladies and gents, you all secretly want to have that *one* too.

Which is why I’m here to announce…





Marbled Cheesecake with Cocoa Crumb Crust

From Great American Brand Name Baking, page 150

I apologize for blowing your mind, but it tastes even better than it looks.


Keepin’ it Short and Sweet

7 Jul

If you have two X chromosomes, chances are you like chocolate.  If you have an X and a Y chromosome, it’s also likely you enjoy chocolate.  Which pretty much covers all of humanity. 

So if you’re human, you might like this.

Microwave Chocolate Chip Brownie For One

  • 1 Tablespoon whole wheat flour
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoon sugar (or Stevia)
  • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder (or dark cocoa powder)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon chocolate chips
  • pinch of baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon applesauce
  • 1 Tablespoon chocolate milk (or soymilk)
  • 1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar (optional)
  1. Mix flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and about half of the 1/2 Tablespoon of chocolate chips in a microwave-safe mug or glass.
  2. Stir in applesauce, milk, and vanilla.
  3. Microwave on high for slightly more than 1 minute.
  4. Immediately after removing from microwave, sprinkle remaining half of chocolate chips on top of brownie.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar as well, if you’d like.

Is this making you hungry?