Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Hot Brandied Cocoa

Hot Brandied Chocolate 

From Soupcon II - The Junior League of Chicago

 


As I type this recipe, I am sipping this delightful beverage! I haven't added the Cognac, yet, but will for my second cup.

This can be served without the Cognac or ruM, of course, and it would be delicious on a cold night for children, as well.

Also, the recipe calls for semisweet chocolate and I like it that way but you could use milk chocolate, too.

Here's the recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!



 HOT BRANDIED COCOA

You will need:

2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons water
2 Tablespoons semisweek chocolate pieces
2 cups milk
6 oz. Cognac or rum

Combine the cocoa, sugar and water in saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add chocolate pieces and stir until melted. Stir in milk and simmer, stirring occasionally until hot.

Pour into cups and add 1-1/2 oz. of Cognac or rum to each. May be topped with whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

Makes 2 - 4 servings, depending on the size of the cups.

Photo courtesy of kevinmarsh

Monday, January 10, 2011

Real Food at the Supermarket

I probably follow more food blogs than any other kind.   I love food.  I love cooking and baking.  And I'm more and more interested in healthy "real" food.

One blog that I've just recently discovered is Summer Tomato.   One of the posts is both funny and useful.  It's called How To Find Real Food at the Supermarket.

Here's the flowchart that she has prepared...isn't it just perfect?


The important part of the post, though, is the dialogue that she has started.   Please take the time to visit Summer Tomato.  You'll be glad you did.