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Happy Valentine’s Day!

14 Feb

Chocolate Zucchini Cake adapted from Tracy’s Culinary Adventures

1/2 cup (1 stick, 4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) vegetable oil
1 3/4 cups (12 1/4 ounces) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon Kahlua (or vanilla)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup (4 ounces) sour cream or yogurt
2 1/2 cups (10 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (2 1/4 ounce) Dutch-process cocoa
2 teaspoons espresso powder (optional)

2 cups shredded zucchini (about one 10″ zucchini, about 12 ounces)

Preheat oven to 325 F. Lighlty grease a bundt pan.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, oil, sugar, Kahlua, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Beat in the eggs.

Stir in the sour cream or yogurt alternately with the flour. Then add the cocoa and espresso powder, mixing until smooth. Finally, fold in the zucchini.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Bake the cake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack.

An actual final look at Cioccoshow

29 Nov

You thought the photos were the end, but I’m here to say they were not. Colin asked me to write up a Cioccoshow review for the SAIS blog, and I will redirect you to that now.

First snow! And one final trip to Cioccoshow

28 Nov

I’m looking out our dining room window right now and the roof across the courtyard looks as though it’s been dusted with powdered sugar.

I’m also wearing my flannel pajama pants under my jeans. But that’s only because I keep opening the door to take pictures.

We’ve got Christmas carols playing and a turkey soup bubbling away on the stove. Last night was the SAIS Thanksgiving dinner, and it was a really well-done event with lots of leftovers to truck home.

Kristen wanted hot chocolate and I wanted to walk in the snow, so with our combined efforts we persuaded Colin to leave his book review and join us for a walk to the final day of the Cioccoshow.

Happier campers

Sure you don't want a chocolate kebab?


25 Nov

Bologna is hosting a chocolate festival this week. It opened on Wednesday and I’ve gone twice already. Yes, both days that it’s been open. Yes, I’ve bought chocolate both times. No, I don’t have photos to show you because my camera hasn’t been in my purse where it normally lives. Yes, I intend to go back, so I’ll try to remember my camera that time (tomorrow, probably).

It’s right down the street! How can I not go? Most of the chocolatiers hand out free samples if you look long enough or show up with three other American girls. Not so much with a baby stroller.

In addition to the chocolate-dipped dried pear and pineapple ring and the assortment of artisan candies I brought home, I took something else from this festival: a new professional aspiration of crafting chocolate animals. I know, you need pictures.