Archive: Desserts

Knock Your Choc-Socks Off

As much as I love chocolate year 'round, I love it most at this time of year. Maybe it's that seratonin boost that I so desperately need at the height of December darkness to keep me from becoming a grinch. There's also something psychologically soothing about the stuff, akin to the protection and warmth of a blanket when the weather outside is frightful. Chocolate has a mysterious way of bringing people together, too. Remember how in the movie version of "Chocolat," Vianne (played by Juliette Binoche), with her elixir of hot chocolate, lures the townspeople out of their shuttered homes and bad marriages and opens their eyes to the simple joys of life. Of course, Vianne is like a sorceress, which scares the beejeezus out of the mayor and his wannabe girlfriend, Madame Clairmont, but there's no doubt that chocolate possesses powers of its own. It's supposed to snow tonight,...

By kimodo | December 5, 2005; 11:40 AM ET | Comments: (3)

T-Minus 3: Pumpkin Pie Made With What?

I tend to knit an eyebrow whenever I hear someone talk about "enlightened" recipes, particularly with sweets. I love a little fat and sugar at the end of a meal, so don't bother if all you got is some kind of reduced-fat cake-like thing that tastes like a chemical compromise. Give me an apple instead....

By kimodo | November 21, 2005; 10:33 AM ET | Comments: (10)

T-Minus 6: Weekend Projects

Score! It's the weekend. But this week, there's no time for cartoons and lazy pancake breakfasts. We've got serious business to attend to -- buying wine and determining (and maybe even getting a start on) dessert....

By kimodo | November 17, 2005; 11:54 PM ET | Comments: (7)


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