Dandelion Chocolate Tasting

We had the pleasure of attending a private tasting at Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco where Todd (co-founder) and Cynthia, from my favorite small-batch chocolate maker, gave a comprehensive tour of how they make chocolate. From sourcing cacao beans and sorting nibs to tempering and hand wrapping, the journey was fascinating. So many surprising flavors coming…

We Love Fish in a Jar!

What better way to welcome the first day of summer than enjoying fish in a jar? This sweet treat of white chocolate, blue buttercream, and chocolate cake (from my favorite recipe by Emily Luchetti) accompanied my son and his friends on a 7th birthday fishing trip. Thankfully, the glass jars all came back in one…

Small Batches

This past weekend, we celebrated local artisans by enjoying and applauding their fruits of labor. We were fortunate to have Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, Dandelion Chocolate, and Ridge Montebello at our table this past weekend.  With product descriptives such as small batch, handmade, single-vineyard, hand-wrapped, and bean-to-bar, we just knew our palates were in for a…

Dark Chocolate Tart

Since receiving Sated Magazine's first issue, I've bookmarked several recipes waiting for the right time to indulge. The Dark Chocolate Issue, Volume 0 Number 1, delivers 90 pages of stories as well as mouthwatering recipes like molten salted caramel chocolate cakes, lavender & pomegranate pots de crème, and drinks like turkish mocha chocolate. First on my list…

Happy Friday

 Another playful yet elegant painting by Joël Penkman.  This one is from his new British Sweets series. I like his sense of humor.

Chocolate Inspiration

My son wants to make Halloween sugar cookies for his old pre-school, but I saw this gooey goodness on A Cup of Jo and am wondering if his teachers would prefer chocolate instead. It's a  Jacques Torres recipe, and I'm certain the cookies will be heavenly. Sticks of butter are softening as I write, so perhaps our…