Shortcake… or is it?

It was Mom’s birthday this weekend and she put in a double request for dessert: something with strawberry and chocolate and a chocolate pecan pie. So I suggested a chocolate angel food cake layered with cream and strawberries. Like a shortcake, right? Not really. This has been bugging me for a few weeks, now, after having seen an “expert” reply to this: Q. Are strawberry shortcake and angel food cake the same A. The cake is the same but the way you eat them are completely different. Shortcakes versus Foam Cakes Classic Strawberry Shortcake A short cake is actually more
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50 Shots of America–Ohio

Ohio is the 17th state admitted to the Union but it wasn’t quite so simple as it sounds. It wasn’t until 1953 that they were official declared the 17th state retroactively. As part of the Northwest Territory, an area became eligible for statehood once it reached a population of 60,000. In 1953 the realized there had been no formal Congressional resolution to admit the state into the Union even though President Jefferson signed the act that set Ohio’s borders in February of 1803. 153 years later it would be Eisenhower who declared the date of statehood as March 1, 1803.
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50 Shots of America–Louisiana

Yes, I know, I’m skipping over 4 states in the whole date-of-statehood-order but I have a really good reason: First, today is my birthday and if you can’t bend (your own) rules on your birthday, what’s the point? Second, it’s also Louisiana‘s anniversary of statehood. So happy birthday to both of us! And, in case you missed the memo, I spent the first 6 years of my life in and around Ponchatoula, LA, before I was rudely dragged to Florida to live out what seems to be the rest of my days. Seriously, all I remember about that trip was
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50 healthy blogs, chocolate, love stinks

Thanks to The Nurse Nut for naming Circle of Food Blog in their top 50 blogs to help you live healthy. Chocolate to Die For – I wouldn’t go that far but wars have been fought over more benign things. If you live in Tucson, think about doing this on Sat., Feb 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the El Presidio neighborhood. For a mere $5 you get three chocolate tastings from the restaurants represented. And there’s tours and stories too. Read more. Love Stinks – That’s the name of a cocktail for people who want to celebrate
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Sips & Shots: 50 Shots of America–Pennsylvania

You’d think (or at least I would) that Pennsylvania would have been the first to ratify the Constitution, seeing as how much time our forefathers spent doing big things in Philadelphia and all during those early colony days. Instead, they signed on a full 5 days after Delaware, on December 12, 1787,* becoming the second official state of the Union. The site of the first commercially drilled oil well in 1859, oil is not what most think of as being the prime business in the woods (Pennsylvania means Penn’s Wood after the founder, William Penn, and the Latin silva for
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Julie & Julia-Inspired Gal Pal Christmas Dinner Party – the Desserts

For our Julie and Julia-inspired Gal Pal Christmas dinner party, we had two desserts.  If it was up to me, I would have had just one dessert for everyone – again, driven by my philosophy of  less choices means less calories consumed.  Carolyn wanted to do two.  I must say, I had fun doing them both with her and everyone loved being spoiled rotton. Both recipes were chocolate(a given):  one was a more traditional cake with icing and the other was more akin to a flourless cake.  It was a nice contrast and I personally preferred the flourless chocolate cake
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Pass the cholives – chocolate olives

What’s a cholive? It’s like what it sounds…a chocolate olive. Not a chocolate covered olive but a chocolate olive, a cocktail chocolate that pairs well with cocktails or coffee laced with liquors and spirits. Cholives are a bit decadent but then again most really good chocolate is. Cholives are made with 55 percent Swiss dark chocolate filled with smooth Vermont whole cream ganache.  Every Cholive comes with a skewer to hang on your martini or classic cocktail. The Cholive Co. also makes Chruffles based on 55 percent Swiss dark chocolate formula with whole cream ganache in 16 different flavors. Chruffles
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Chocolate Math

Image via Wikipedia My cousin Renee sent me this. At first I was going to delete it but thought — what the heck — the word chocolate called my name and I’m really good about having my attention diverted. I’m a skeptic and didn’t think it would work — but it did. Nobody was more surprised than me. I wanted to celebrate with a piece of chocolate but have none. Your age by chocolate math. It worked for me which is all I can say, like a cool card trick. Don’t cheat by scrolling down. It takes less than a
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National Chocolate Cupcake Day-Oct. 18

I received a press release with some really beautiful and yummy photos for National Chocolate Cupcake Day.  Here’s the store in New Jersey that is happy to celebrate the holiday. It got me thinking about all these different national food days and what it takes to have a national food day and I found this blog with a delightful explanation which I will gladly share. So now if you must have some chocolate cupcakes, you can try making  portion-controlled (if you only eat one) mini lowfat chocolate cupcakes.
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Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Traditionally, my garden club has a carry-in for our first meeting of our new year which starts in September.   This year was no exception and we had an exceptional selection of salads and desserts.  This is not always the case.  One year we had at least three broccoli salads. One item in particular was a hit – the Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball, brought by Karen Baker – one of our newer members (it’s always good to get new blood into any organization :’).  This is served on chocolate chip graham crackers.  It makes for a very elegant presentation.  Here’s her
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