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What is natural cocoa powder?

Natural Cocoa Powder To maximize flavour, cocoa manufacturers’ traditionally ferment the beans, use high heat to roast them and add an alkaline, known as Dutching, to improve the color, texture and flavour. The big problem is that all of these steps reduce the amount of antioxidants present. The impact of alkalizing alone reduces the total […]

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Cocoa Season

Looks like winter is finally hitting us here in the Great North! Oh, joy, oh bliss, let’s shovel snow! Always an optimist – on a positive note – the snow signals COCOA SEASON! Love my cup of heart healthy hot cocoa. Yes, depending on the ingredients, cocoa can be the perfect winter drink for your […]

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Frozen Cocoa

In the heat of the summer we all need to stay hydrated. This is especially true for kids and seniors. Before you reach for a fast food frappe drink, which is loaded with sugar, try making your own frozen drink. Add equal parts 100% juice, coconut water and ice cubes to a blender and let […]

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Cocoa Nibs

Cocoa nibs are what chocolate is made from, minus the sugar and milk products. They aren’t sweet. I repeat they aren’t sweet. They aren’t even close to being called sweet but they do contain a ton of flavanols, more than any other version of chocolate or even natural cocoa powder. These flavanols can help lower […]

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Fudge Brownies – gluten free

Makes 16 – 2×2 inch squares OR one enormous brownie for a true fudgy-style brownie lover Flashback to 1993. I was a newly divorced mother of a three-year-old and my life wasn’t all that rosy looking. I was struggling with finances, keeping up with my mortgage payments, being a mom and trying to get my […]

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Triple Chocolate Brownie Cookies

brownie cookies sitting on a plate

These triple chocolate brownie cookies are heart healthy and decadent  – somebody pinch me. Makes 32 cookies I’ve been trying to make a two-bite brownie ever since they appeared on the shelves several years ago. My regular brownie recipe just didn’t hold up in those teeny tiny muffin tins. After three creative attempts, I threw […]

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Four Ice Cream recipes and Two Gelato Recipes

I was raised by ice cream lovers. We ate a ton of ice cream when I was growing up. It’s fairly weird considering we never ate desserts during the week. Oh, sure sometimes my mom would make tapioca pudding, but I’d always try to think of some excuse as to why I didn’t want to […]

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How to make a Halloween Coffin Cake

Don’t Forget to Leave Room for Chocolate Cake Coffin Cake (Lactose-free) This is my go-to-it cake for birthdays and any special occasion when it has to be chocolate.   If you are making this for the Halloween Coffin Cake not only do you have to double the recipes but you will need Two- 9×13 inch […]

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Christmas gifts made in the kitchen – Truffles

I found this recipe for decadent Truffles in a magazine about 24 years ago and I’ve made them every year since. It was developed by Rose Levy Beranbaum of the Cordon Rose Cooking School in NYC – and all I can say is “Rose, you created a genius recipe!” 7 oz (200 g) dark chocolate, […]

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 Rich Chocolate Pudding Cake for Halloween – gluten free

A spin on a 1930’s dessert recipe this rich and chocolatey comfort food is one of the easiest desserts to make any night of the week. Serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt. 3/4 cup (175 mL) quinoa flour 1/3 cup (75 mL) granulated sugar 2 tbsp (30 mL) unsweetened natural cocoa […]

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