From an early age I have been a fan of chocolate. Over the years, I have dabbled in all types of chocolate, but I find that I am now all about the dark chocolate. Some of my recent favorites are represented by all three U.S. coasts: New York, San Francisco and Austin (hey, the Gulf is not too far away). From New York I love the creations from Mast Brothers. For over a year now I have been enjoying the amazing quality of chocolate these Brooklyn boys produce, and it is a treat every time I indulge. Recently I tried the dark chocolate with almonds and although it sounds simple, this is an elevated form of that combination. Central Market on N. Lamar carries an extended selection in their refrigerated chocolate section. I just learned about Recchiuti Confections from San Francisco. My sister, Kim, was kind enough to bring a few boxes with her from the Bay area on a recent visit and we were blown away. They have special truffle collections that pair with beer, wine and cocktails. So clever and quite delicious. These are very rich, so a little goes a long way. Last but not least, Delysia Chocolatier is doing some really great things with chocolate right here in Austin. Earlier this month, the owner of Delysia, Nicole Patel, provided samples of her chocolate for a party hosted in part by The Austin Food Blogger Alliance for the BlogHer conference. There I tried the award winning Jalapeño Tequila Truffle. Words cannot accurately describe this quintessential Texas delicacy, but the subtle back notes of tequila and jalapeño never overwhelmed the rich dark chocolate. Available at Breed & Company and Con' Olio locally. Now I know what to get my sister when I go out to visit her. (Cathy)
The love of food and how it can bring people together led to the creation of this blog. As a mother of two grown boys, who have left the nest and occasionally return, I noticed a common occurrence-- there is usually someone at home who is hungry.
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