#SmoothieNumbers 29: Orange Chocolate

#SmoothieNumbers29: Orange Chocolate Smoothie

When Meiko Drew of Meiko and the Dish and Aaron Hutcherson of The Hungry Hutch asked me to participate in her virtual potluck to celebrate Black History Month, I thought it was endearing to participate. I chose to write about a dessert. However, fancy sweets aren’t quite right right now. My thoughts are enraged with politics via podcasts, television news shows and office conversations. Needless to say, “Let’em eat cake…,” isn’t coming from this food blog.

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Knockout Peanut Butter Smoothie Sweepstakes: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter and Coconut Smoothie

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter and Coconut Smoothie

“I think we make a real sharp couple of coconuts—I’m dumb, you’re shy, whaddaya think, huh?” – Rocky

Round 3: Hang in there! This week’s smoothie is for the lovers. Did you get a chance to vote for the White Chocolate and Peanut Butter Hibiscus Smoothie in week one and for last week’s Maple Peanut Butter and Earl Grey Tea Smoothie? Here’s a third chance to win two tickets to see Rocky on Broadway and a year’s supply of Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter (50 jars). Visit Knockout Peanut Butter Smoothie Sweepstakes to vote and get the recipe for your favorite peanut butter smoothie, such as my Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter and Coconut Smoothie.

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Parade.com: Dark and White Chocolate Brownies with Candy Cane

Dark and White Chocolate Brownies with Candy Cane

There’s nothing like a peppermint candy cane crushed into tiny pieces with its crisp flavor cutting through a decadent, dark and vanilla white chocolate brownie. The flavors sing, “Have a jolly Merry Christmas!”  Read more

How Sweet it Is

Coffee Almond Ice Cream and Brownie Cake with Chocolate Ganache

t’s our birthday and a major anniversary year for us. He’s seen the worst of me, and said I am beautiful. He’s my King and I’m his Queen. That’s love. I wanted to treat him to a nice birthday. To say thank you for the support over the years. I wish we could fly away for two weeks to a private island. For now, my love is expressed via low-budget creativity. It’s the type of gift for that one particular person as it warms the heart to communicate, “I listen, watch and think about you all the time.”

With extra money saved, two orchestra tickets to Motown the Musical were bought. Reservations to The Elm in Williamsburg were made. And, an ice cream cake made with a twist of his favorite (insert big brand name ice cream here) Vanilla Swiss Almond flavor. Read more

Chili Spicy and Nutty Brownies

Chili Spicy and Nutty Brownies

Chocolate is what makes Valentine’s Day sweet and infinitely loved. When served with spices and nuts, it’s rich in antioxidants. Cinnamon and cardamom stimulate sexual desire. Chilies quicken the beating heart. The scent of vanilla increases sexual sensations. Nuts and seeds are rich in vitamin E, which is an important nutrient for maintaining the health of sexual organs. Read more