It’s October!

Hi Everyone,

It’s finally October! During this amazing time of the year (can you say Halloween?), there’s going to be a lot of hubbub on EveInTheKitchen, so stay tuned for plenty of Fall fun and festivities.

I’m going to kick things off by telling you about an amazing book called The Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook by Liz Gutman and Jen King! I absolutely love it!! It has so much cool stuff you probably never imagined you could make at home, including gummi bears and butterscotch drops. It even has my personal favorite: chocolate-caramel turtles.

The chapters have great titles like “Chocolate Loves You and Wants You to Be Happy” and “Gummi and Gooey and Chewy, Oh My!” The authors, who own a Brooklyn-based candy company, give away many trade secrets, including how to melt chocolate perfectly for coating and how to pipe ganache like a pro. And the photos are mouth-watering!!

So if you’re giving a Halloween party, why rely on mass-produced candy when you can serve your guests some treats they’ll always remember?!

By the way,  you can visit the authors’ Web site at www.liddabitsweets.com)

When you’re not busy whipping up homemade mint patties or peanut brittle, remember to check in with EveInTheKitchen. And if you feel like leaving a comment, tell me what YOUR personal favorite candy is!

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The winner!

 

I’m excited to announce that the winner of my last contest, chosen using Random.org, is loyal reader Karen!

Karen will be getting the cutest mini recipe box filled with chocolate recipes. Also–a tin of French vanilla solid perfume, so she will smell as good as anything she cooks!

Congratulations, Karen! I have your address so your prize will be in the mail this coming week!

Thanks to everyone who entered and left me get well messages and wishes for a happy school year. Stay tuned for recipes and other fun stuff in future posts!

Time For A Review

If you’re ever on the Upper West Side, you have to try a new shop called Chocolate Works! It’s at 641 Amsterdam Ave. You can call them at 212-799-3630 or visit them on the Web at www.ChocolateWorksNYC.com

They have everything from homemade fudge to massive replicas of the Mona Lisa made from PURE CHOCOLATE. There’s a chocolate fountain where you can pay to dip a piece of fruit or marshmallow, a conveyor belt to watch, a counter for frozen yogurt and much, much more!

There’s a party room in the back, and THEY GIVE WORKSHOPS TOO. My friend  and I (see the picture above) took one on Mother’s Day and made a chocolate jewel box and chocolate jewels. It was so much fun! The workers are all so nice and our projects came out great.

I’m definitely going to go back! Everyone should give it a try! If you love chocolate (and who doesn’t) you can’t go wrong! (Also–anyone who knows me knows how much I love cats. Guess what I bought before we left–a big chocolate cat. It’s so cute I haven’t even eaten it yet!)

In the pictures below you can see the conveyer belt and there’s also one of me with the awesome store manager, Natalie.

What’s Ice Cream Without a Topping?

Try this classic hot fudge!

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Simmer cream in a saucepan until just warmed. Add chocolate chips and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and add the remaining ingredients. If there’s any left over, it can be reheated in the microwave on low power.

Tomorrow we’ll wrap up the week with instructions for assembling an amazing banana split–the king of all sundaes!

A Double Dip!

Because of technical difficulties, there was no post yesterday, but don’t worry. It’s still the Almost Summer Sundae Celebration!

Any comment on this post will be worth TWO entries in the drawing at the end of the week!

If you were paying attention, you remember that in my last post I mentioned Neopolitan–which is made of strawberry, chocolate and vanilla ice cream. You already know a great recipe for strawberry ice cream, so today, let’s cover the other two.

Simple Vanilla

2 cups of heavy cream

2 cups of light cream (You can make it all light cream if you’re worried about calories, but it won’t be as creamy and rich.)

3/4 cup of sugar

1 TBS vanilla extract. (You could also scrape out the inside of a real vanilla bean and use that, but I have found that many kids don’t like the black speckles. I myself prefer my vanilla ice cream without them.)

Whisk all ingredients together and chill for at least an hour. Pour into your machine and follow the manufacturer’s directions. Easy and delicious!

 

This One Is For the Chocoholics

4 cups of dairy (again–it’s your choice)

3/4 cup sugar

dash salt (trust me!)

3 egg yolks

6 oz. chocolate chips (milk or dark–your choice)

2 tsp. vanilla extract (you could also get a little fancy and use hazelnut extract instead)

In a saucepan, combine the dairy, sugar and salt. Cook over low heat until the mixture is warm and the sugar dissolves.

Beat up the egg yolks in a bowl. Here’s the tricky part. Measure out a cup of your warm dairy/sugar mixture and whisk that in gently. Then, return the egg mixture to the pan. (That’s because this is a custard-based recipe.) Cook over low heat for about 5 minutes untuil it thickens a bit. Don’t let it boil!!

Take it off the stove and stir in the chocolate chips until they’re melted and the mixture is smooth. Let it cool at room temperature and then stir in the extract. (Make sure there are no lumps–if there are, strain them out.)

Chill in the refigerator and then use your ice cream maker (same as with the strawberry and vanilla.)

Hey–with all these flavors you could make a banana split! Let’s talk about toppings another time!

Chocolate World Expo

Were there ever three words that went better together than Chocolate World Expo?! That’s where I spent my weekend, and it was heavenly!

Here are some of the highlights:

WEIRD AND WONDERFUL: It’s a tie between the chocolate-covered bacon from Bacon Bites (www.baconbites.com) and the chocolate-covered picles from Picklelicious (www.picklelicious.com).

The Bacon Bites booth was decorated with adorable stuffed pigs (their mascot) and the pickle people had a live mascot in a pickle suit roaming the hall giving out samples. Lots of fun!

BEST PRODUCT NAME: Again it’s a toss-up. We bought some wonderful spicy pineapple salsa at Tortured Orchard (www.torturedorchard.com) and I also loved “Fretzels.” No–they’re not worried pretzels–they’re hand-dipped pretzels made by chef Jill FRECHTMAN. (Get it? Visit her at www.fretzels.com)

NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION: The expo organizers didn’t forget our four-legged friends. The Spoil Me Rotten Dog Biscuit Company had plenty to choose from. (And they have a Facebook page, so you can give them a thumb or paw up!)

HEALTHIEST: Surprise–Chocolate can be healthy! Founded by Vanessa Barg, a nutitionist who wanted to make sure her clients didn’t have to give up their favorite foods, the company Gnosis (www.GnosisChocolate.com) employs such exotic ingredients as herbs from Himalaya, goji berries, and algae! Vanessa isn’t known as Chocolate Girl for nothing!

FRIENDLIEST EMPLOYEES: The folks from Pika’s Farm Table came to the expo with chocolate-covered waffles, quiches, potpies, ansd the friendliest employees imaginable. Everything tastes better when it’s served with a smile! (A big shout-out to everyone at the Gnosis booth too–their big, healthy smiles were great to see!)

PRETTIEST: Rogue Confections are edible works of art! See for yourself at www.RogueConfections.com

HOMIEST: If you can’t get to Auntie Els in Sloatsburg, NY, you can visit their Facebook page for some of the yummiest candies and baked goods around.

BEST FOR BREAKFAST: Some people might go for the crunchy granola in a bunch of great flavors from Platte Grove Naturals. A more whimsical choice might be the maple-flavored cotton candy from Breezie Maples Farm. (OK–I know you’d never eat cotton candy for breakfast, but it’s tempting. They make lots of other maple products too!)

OTHER DELICIOUS STUFF: Too much too mention, but check out 5th Ave. Chocolatiere, the Pastryarch (he’s very cute!), Pittsburgh Goodies, and the Chocolate Swirl, among others.

Vendors–if I didn’t mention you, that doesn’t mean I didn’t love you. Feel free to leave a comment below and let my readers know your location or Web site!

Come Into My Web

The Halloween Countdown continues with another great recipe inspired by the book Ghoulish Goodies!

Choco-Spiders

6 ounces of chocolate chips

2 cups crunchy, thin chow mein noodles

Cinnamon red hots OR mini red M&Ms

1. Line 2 baking sheets with waxed paper

2. Melt the chocolate in the microwave. (If you need instructions, scroll down to the recipe for Swamp Creature Toes.)

3. Stir the crunchy noodles into the chocolate and drop tablespoons of the mixture onto the waxed paper. Use a toothpick to coax out a few noodles on each  to mimic legs.

4. Press in 2 red hots or mini M&Ms for eyes.

5. Chill and enjoy. These are addictive!