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One of my favourite days of the year! I get to indulge in my favourite passion...CHOCOLATE!!!

And what better way to celebrate, but by sharing recipes loaded with chocolate. I will probably be scarfing chocolate while I write, so forgive the rather smeared page.

I'll start with a simple one. We'll just ignore that orange thingy for today. Just step over it into a world of chocolate..enjoy!

A simple favourite that doesn't take many ingredients:

            Dianne's Chocolate Cake

1 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c. butter or margarine
1 c. sugar
2 squares of unsweetened chocolate, melted
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 c. milk

Sift together flour,baking powder, baking soda and salt. In bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in melted chocolate. Stir in eggs and vanilla. Stir dry ingredients into creamed mixture alternately with milk. ( Make three dry and 2 milk additions, combining lightly but thoroughly after each addition). Turn batter into 2 - 8" round cake pans or one 9"x13" greased and floured pan(s). Bake at 350F for 35 to 45 minutes or until cake is done. Cool and frost as desired.

Another very good and simple recipe for melt-in-your-mouth chewy chocolate chip cookies:

                 Gord's Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Preheat oven to 350F

Cream:  1 c. margarine, beat until fluffy
              3/4 c. white sugar
              3/4 c. brown sugar
              1 egg
              1/2 tsp baking soda
              1/2 tsp salt
              1 tsp vanilla

Add:      2 c. flour

Mix well

Add:      1 c. chocolate chips

Roll into small balls (about 1" in diameter) and put on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes. Cool and indulge.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    A fo ben, bid bont. - Welsh proverb. ( translation: If you want to be a leader, be a bridge.)

    by Gwennedd on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 03:54:42 PM PDT

  •  Not all chocolate is created equal (4+ / 0-)

    I am not a huge fan of chocolate. When confronted with the dessert menu i have usually looked for what sounds good that doesn't include chocolate. However, I think this is probably due to decades of exposure to really bad chocolate. Hershey bars. Whatever brown glorp is spread on donuts (which I'm also not fond of). Syrup from a jar dribbled over ice cream. If there must be chocolate, it needs to be the dark, rich, minimally sweetened kind. And these days that has become more commonplace, so once in awhile, at a good restaurant, one of those concoctions on the dessert menu might beckon.

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 04:31:24 PM PDT

    •  YES!! This ^^^^^^. (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      millwood, Gwennedd, Catte Nappe

      The only Hersey chocolate I used to like is the Special Dark. I've been eating better chocolate for a couple of decades now and I can't stomach even the Special Dark now. Not. Even. Tempted. I am a big-time chocolate fan, but only if, as you put it, it's the dark, rich, minimally sweetened kind.

    •  My daughter lives in Temple (3+ / 0-)

      and drives down to Austin to buy  me a dark chocolate bar
      with dried cherries and red chiles in it.   It isn't  sweet at all and I love it!You get the tart taste of the cherries and the bite of the chiles.  I'm pretty sure she gets it at Central Market. I always look forward to Christmas for that chocolate bar. I only like dark chocolate. Milk c is too sweet.

      “Listen--are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?” ― Mary Oliver

      by weezilgirl on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 08:21:32 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Try a place in Oak Cliff (Dallas) called (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        weezilgirl, Catte Nappe

        "Dude, Sweet!". Handmade, your choice of high, higher, highest cacao content, many forms, and great adjuncts like fruit, nuts, chiles, etc.   Not cheap, but NEVER a disappointment.

        I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

        by tom 47 on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 03:03:56 AM PDT

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      •  We have Central Market here (DFW) (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        weezilgirl

        And they do have an amazing selection of chocolate bars.

        “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

        by Catte Nappe on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 07:45:16 AM PDT

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  •  http://www.pinterest.com/kalimi/chocolate/ (0+ / 0-)
  •  Easy Chocolate Cookie Sheet Cake (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Gwennedd, mr crabby, allie4fairness

    Preheat oven to 350.

    Cake:

    Mix in small bowl:
    2 eggs
    1 t. soda
    1/2 c. buttermilk
    1 t. vanilla

    Sift into large bowl:
    2 c. flour
    2 c. sugar
    1 t. salt

    In saucepan, bring to boil, then pour over dry ingredients:
    2 sticks margarine
    1 c. water
    4-7 T. cocoa (more cocoa for fudgier taste, I use 4T)

    Slowly and carefully pour prepared egg mixture into cocoa mixture and blend.

    Pour onto greased 10X15 cookie sheet and bake 20 minutes.

    Icing - heat but do not boil:

    1 stick margarine
    3 T. cocoa (can add extra 1T for fudgier taste)
    6 T. milk

    Stir in the following and frost cake while it's still warm:
    1 box powdered sugar
    1/2 c. chopped nuts
    1 t. vanilla

    Very easy and a crowd pleaser.

    The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority. - Stanley Milgram

    by penelope pnortney on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 04:36:19 PM PDT

  •  Amandine... (2+ / 0-)
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    Gwennedd, allie4fairness

    A Romanian chocolate sponge cake with a chocolate filling. I don't have the recipe she uses and she's back home tending to her daughter right now (marital problems) but here's a link to a recipe.  
    http://www.roxyskitchen.com/...

    The stuff'll make you think you died and went to chocolate heaven.

    A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

    by dougymi on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 04:37:28 PM PDT

  •  great chocolate nibbler here (3+ / 0-)

    but it has to be dark chocolate with 85% or higher cacao content

    We're shocked by a naked nipple, but not by naked aggression.

    by Lepanto on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 04:41:39 PM PDT

  •  Chocolate Peanut Clusters (Microwave) (3+ / 0-)
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    dougymi, allie4fairness, Gwennedd

    1 c. semisweet chocolate chips
    1/3 c. margarine
    16 large marshmallows
    2 c. unsalted peanuts

    Place chips into 2-quart casserole.  Microwave at 50% for 1 and 1/2 minutes to melt.  Add margarine and marshmallows.  Microwave on high for 1 and 1/2 minutes.

    Stir till creamy, then stir in peanuts.  Drop by teaspoons onto waxed paper and chill till set.  Store in fridge.  Makes 24 pieces.

    I used to have to make separate gift packages of these for my mother- and father-in-law because they wouldn't share with each other!

    The original recipe called for adding 1 T. instant coffee right before the peanuts to make them Mocha Chocolate, but I eliminated this ingredient because I never liked the taste (though I usually love mocha).

    The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority. - Stanley Milgram

    by penelope pnortney on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 04:44:03 PM PDT

    •  That's such an easy recipe! And sounds delish. (2+ / 0-)

      Chocolate and peanuts are some of my favs. Thanks pp.

      A fo ben, bid bont. - Welsh proverb. ( translation: If you want to be a leader, be a bridge.)

      by Gwennedd on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 05:11:19 PM PDT

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      •  I like easy! n/t (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        allie4fairness, Gwennedd

        The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority. - Stanley Milgram

        by penelope pnortney on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 05:20:07 PM PDT

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        •  Easy to make...and good. (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Gwennedd

          NO BAKE CHOCOLATE OATMEAL COOKIES     
          2 cups sugar
          1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
          1/2 cup  milk
          1 teaspoon vanilla
          2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa
          1/2 cup peanut butter
          3 cups oats
          1 cup broken walnuts
          In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients except peanut butter and oats and cook over medium heat. Let boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
          Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter, nuts  and oats.
          Spoon out quickly onto wax paper or aluminum foil. Cookies will harden as they set.

          You know my grandkids are coming this month and they love to make these cookies. The cocoa has to be the dark type for us. They use regular milk.

          “Listen--are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?” ― Mary Oliver

          by weezilgirl on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 08:30:35 PM PDT

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  •  Fun chocolate facts: (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    allie4fairness

    - 50% of Americans will choose chocolate over any other flavours

    - Chocolate is a natural form of anti-depressant...it produces serotonin which elevates a person's mood. It's also known as the "happy chemical".

    - White chocolate has no caffeine

    - Chocolate syrup was used to depict blood in Hitchcock's movie "Psycho".

    - Women crave chocolate more than men.

    - Chocolate is an aphrodisiac ..it contains the chemical phenylethylamine..the same chemical your brain produces when in love

    - Scientific research can prove that chocolate is not addictive

    - An average Swiss will eat about 21 lbs  of chocolate a year, yet the Swiss have one of the lowest heart failure rates and obesity cases in the world

    http://www.2020site.org/...

    A fo ben, bid bont. - Welsh proverb. ( translation: If you want to be a leader, be a bridge.)

    by Gwennedd on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 06:23:46 PM PDT

  •  I have a simple recipe (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Gwennedd

    1. Unwrap chocolate.

    2. Insert in mouth.

    3. Savor.

  •  Nanaimo bars! A Canadian treat from Nanaimo, BC (0+ / 0-)

    Ingredients:

    Serves: 24Yield:
    24
    squares Units: US | Metric
    1/2 cup unsalted butter (NO substitutes)
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    5 tablespoons cocoa (sifted to get the lumps out)
    1 large egg, beaten
    1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
    1 cup coconut
    1/2 cup almonds, finely chopped
    1/2 cup unsalted butter (no substitutes)
    3 tablespoons cream
    2 tablespoons custard powder
    2 cups icing sugar
    4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate baking squares (4, 1 oz each)
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    Directions:

    1
    Bottom Layer'.
    2
    Melt first three ingredients in the top of a double boiler.
    3
    Add egg when the butter and cocoa are warm (not hot) and stir hard to cook and thicken and not let the egg scramble .About 1 minute is good.
    4
    Remove from heat.
    5
    Stir in crumbs, coconut and nuts.
    6
    Press firmly into an ungreased 8 X 8 pan.
    7
    Second Layer:.
    8
    Cream butter, cream, custard powder and icing sugar together well.
    9
    Beat until light.
    10
    Spread over bottom layer.
    11
    Third Layer:.
    12
    Melt chocolate and butter over low heat.
    13
    Cool.
    14
    Once cool enough to not melt the middle layer, but still liquid, pour over second layer, tilt pan so it is evenly covered and chill in refrigerator.
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    A fo ben, bid bont. - Welsh proverb. ( translation: If you want to be a leader, be a bridge.)

    by Gwennedd on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 10:18:02 PM PDT

    •  ^^ This! butter (NO substitutes) n/t (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Gwennedd

      Only thing more infuriating than an ignorant man is one who tries to make others ignorant for his own gain. Crashing Vor

      by emmasnacker on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 06:33:05 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  This is the original recipe. Many have tried to (0+ / 0-)

        copy it and mess with it (mint instead of the custard, etc) and come up with an inferior product, so yes...butter!

        Butter is actually better for you than margarine, but use it sparingly. Butter is simply churned cream and a bit of salt...margarine contains all kinds of junk.

        A fo ben, bid bont. - Welsh proverb. ( translation: If you want to be a leader, be a bridge.)

        by Gwennedd on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 10:13:01 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Most US chocolate is lousy (0+ / 0-)

    as far as I'm concerned, though I find Ghirlandelli to be tolerable at least.  Fannie Farmer is so-so, though much better than Hershey's, God knows.  However, I am a great fan of European chocolate especially Swiss, French, and Belgian (I could eat Ferrero-Roger's goodies til I pop.).  That said, the all-time best chocolate I've ever come across was made by Patchi, which is a Lebanese chocolatier that markets its products in the Arabian Gulf.  It is better than anything I've ever had anywhere else.     It's pretty expensive - a 50 gram bar is about $4.50 or so - but it's worth every penny.  And I've just now discovered that they are now selling their wonderful chocolates online in the US and Canada -- no stores yet, apparently.  http://www.patchi.us/...

    -7.13 / -6.97 "The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." -- Edmund Burke

    by GulfExpat on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 10:31:39 AM PDT

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