Spicy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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You probably don’t need another chocolate chip cookie recipe.  I grew up in a house where my mom always kept the cookie jar full.  Chocolate chip cookies were a staple, as were her oatmeal scotchies.  I needed a new chocolate chip cookie recipe though, because my mom’s recipes never taste quite right when I make them.  My mom’s rolls are a perfect example of this unfortunate phenomenon.  She swears her rolls never taste the same as her mother’s even though they use the same recipe.  I’ve only attempted to make my mom’s rolls once in my own kitchen, and they … Continue reading

Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding

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Some foods inspire an instant an intense reaction.  No one “kind of likes” chia seeds.  With chia seeds, and certainly chia drinks like the Synergy or Mama Chia drink, the love/hate reaction is instantaneous.  My camp describes these drinks as “refreshing” and “delicious.”  The other camp might choose words like “slimy” and “disgusting.”  Chia seeds are slimy in liquid, but that doesn’t put me off them in the slightest.  If you land solidly in the “slimy” and “disgusting” camp, then this is NOT the dessert for you.  Might I point you towards my mini molten chocolate cakes instead? Chia seeds … Continue reading

The Best Piece of Chocolate I’ve Ever Eaten

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I picked this up by accident, or perhaps by divine intervention, while at Berkeley Bowl.  I had run in to the store, just to pick up vitamins, and found myself in the totally crazy natural foods aisle.  The foods that stock the natural foods aisle in most grocery stores just have normal homes in Berkeley Bowl.  We’re crunchy like that. This aisle in Berkeley Bowl is home to things like maca powder and marshmallow root.  My hand was drawn to the coconut cacao cup by an almost magnetic attraction.  This was nearly stopped short, by a price tag of $2.85 … Continue reading