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Now you can have your chocolate and eat it too -
Even on a diet!

Chocolate Bar

Dark Chocolate Is Healthy Chocolate!
You can have chocolate and still lose weight!

Dark chocolate is also known as "bittersweet" or "semisweet" chocolate. One (1) ounce of dark chocolate per day is allowed on most diets. Dark chocolate (not white chocolate or milk chocolate) is good for you. There is no question that chocolate procures pleasure for those who eat it. - Never feel guilty again! Read more . . .

Chocolate Glossary - Types of Chocolate
All chocolate is not created equal. When shopping for your chocolate look at the label to find the percent of cocoa butter contained in the bar.

Chocolate Substitution Chart
Need a quick substitution for chocolate? Here are some chocolate substitutions, but remember not always do they work as well as the original recipe ingredients.

Hot Chocolate History
The terms Hot Cocoa and Hot Chocolate are often used interchangeably, but technically they are as different as Milk Chocolate and bittersweet chocolate.

Recipes and Secrets for Making Hot Chocolate
These delicious and easy-to-make hot chocolate drinks are a must to serve your family and friends.

How To Melt and Temper Chocolate


The Irreplaceable Cast-Iron Skillet!

cast iron skillets

Please don't throw away that old cast iron frying pan that was your mothers or grandmothers! Clean it! As long as it has no cracks or nicks, you can clean, season, and use it.  When well seasoned, a cast-iron pan will be stick resistant and require no additional oil.

Using and Caring For Your Cast-Iron Pans

Cast-Iron Cooking Recipes


Mardi Gras - Fat Tuesday
February 9, 2105

I think that I may say that an American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
- Mark Twain, American writer (1835-1910)

Courir de Mardi Gras riders

Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday." It is the day before Ash Wednesday, a day of celebration and partying before the rigors of Lent's forty days of fasting and sacrifice. Learn about the history of different New Orleans's dishes and use my recipes to duplicate them?

In some rural areas of Louisiana, masked and costumed horseback riders participate in what is called the Courir de Mardi Gras, which means "run of Mardi Gras." Routes can be as long as sixty miles, and the riders may visit as many as thirty (30) households.

Today, people come from all over to watch the riders start their Courir de Mardi Gras. They also are there to greet the riders after the run and to help cook a large gumbo with the food that was collected. The festivities end promptly at midnight, the beginning of Lent.

Check out more New Orleans Recipes and History

King Cake
King Cake

Crawfish Boil
Crawfish Boil









Hurricane Cocktail


Sazerac Cocktail


Po Boy Sandwich
Po' Boy Sandwich



Super Bowl - Sunday, Feb, 7th:
Time to plan your Super Bowl party!

Did you know: Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest day of the year for snack food consumption.

Americans hold more parties in their homes on Super Bowl Game day than on any other day of the year (even surpassing even New Year's Eve).

More food is consumed than on any single day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Super bowl parties include appetizers like nachos, wings, chips and dips, and other finger foods.

Plus a half-time buffet and yummy desserts. If you're planning a Super Bowl party have plenty of food, but stick with a simple menu.

Following are a few favorite super bowl foods:

Buffalo Chicken WingsBuffalo Chicken Wings

Crock Pot Chicken Wings in Honey Sauce

Grilled Hot Chile Wings

Layered Nacho Dip - Beef Nachos

Monday Night Football Nachos


Roasted Jalapeno Dip
Dips and Spreads

Salsa & Guacamole Recipes

Linda's Chili Con Carne
Chili Recipes
Famous and No-So-Famous Chili Recipes


sliced pizza
Pizza Recipes
Pizza recipes, pizza dough recipes plus lots of hints and tips


Great cooks use a Cooking Thermometer as their guide - NOT a clock.

Always follow internal cooking temperatures to be safe!

Internal Temperature Cooking Charts - meat, poultry, seafood, breads, baked goods, and casseroles

A cooking or meat thermometer should not be a "sometime thing." A cooking thermometer can be used for all foods, not just meat. It measures the internal temperature of your cooked meat, poultry, seafood, breads, baked goods, and/or casseroles to assure that a safe temperature has been reached and that harmful bacteria (like certain strains of Salmonella and E. Coli O 157:H7) have been destroyed.

Cooking and Meat ThermometerLearn how to read and use an Internal Meat and Cooking Thermometer.

Cooking thermometers take the guesswork out of cooking, as they measures the internal temperature of your cooked meat, poultry, seafood, baked goods, and/or casseroles, to assure that a safe temperature has been reached, harmful bacteria have been destroyed, and your food is cook perfectly.


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