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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

Learn how easy it is to make these Chocolate Clay Roses:

Chocolate Clay Roses

These delightful chocolate roses can be used as edible decorations for a cake or to create a basket of blooms. This edible clay can be also used as a modeling clay for making other figurines and objects. The soft pliability makes it easy to work with.

These chocolate roses are so easy to make that even children enjoy making them.



Mardi Gras - Fat Tuesday
February 17, 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

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King Cake

Crawfish Boil
Crawfish Boil








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Sazerac Cocktail

Po Boy Sandwich
Po' Boy Sandwich

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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.