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The Cookstr Weekly: A Whole Lotta Chocolate

February 13, 2012

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Cupcakes, brownies, truffles, frostings, cookies, ice creams, puddings, mousses, and pies – chocolate has long held the key to our hearts, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. However, there’s no need to limit your explorations of cocoa’s possibilities to the dessert realm – chocolate adds a delicious dimension in savory dishes as well. Whether in a rich mole sauce over a Mexican entree of chicken or enchiladas, as a secret ingredient to deepen the flavor of a chili recipe, or pressed between crusty pieces of French bread, chocolate can surprise you by turning up in unexpected places. From the darkest bittersweet cocoa to melt-in-your-mouth milk chocolate or luscious white chocolate, here are ten recipes to celebrate the best part of Valentine’s Day. This no-bake Raspberry-White Chocolate Tart takes under an hour to complete and makes for a swoon-worthy presentation. That’s a labor of love that anyone can commit to.

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Everyone knows that chocolate and Valentine’s Day have been linked since time immemorial, but have you ever questioned how this power couple originated? Over 2,000 years ago, Mayans and Aztecs treasured cocoa beans and used them for ritual purposes. The majority of Aztec society could not afford to consume cocoa and instead used the beans as currency. Christopher Columbus brought cocoa to Europe in the 16th century, and with it came the legend of its potency. And it wasn’t all a placebo effect – studies have linked chocolate’s chemical component, phenylethylmine, to aphrodisiac and mood-lifting properties. The Cadbury chocolate company popularized chocolate candies for the common consumer in the 1800s, and for Valentine’s Day in 1861, they introduced the initial heart-shaped candy box. The rest, of course, is history.

Click here for more on the connection between Valentine’s Day and chocolate.


Endive, at its peak from late fall through early spring, finds its place in plenty of recipes beyond its common use as an edible serving dish for crab salad or curried chicken during passed hors d’oeuvre occasions. It is an excellent source of fiber, folate, and vitamins A and K, and can be served steamed, roasted, braised, grilled or raw. In this recipe for Belgian Endive with Thyme by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner, the endive is slow-cooked by simmering and can be served warm as a side dish with a wintry entree like lamb chops, or chilled for a salad.

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