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The Cocoa Process

Nothing like a little trip out of the country to check out one of my favorite things. You guessed it, cocoa. If you have never been to a cocoa farm and you have the opportunity to go, I would highly recommend it. While planning for a Costa Rica trip, I knew that a cocoa tour was something […] Continue reading >

Austin’s Best Desserts – 2015

I don't think there are enough days in a year to enjoy all the best of desserts in this city! So I'll start with a few of my favorites and just keep adding as the year goes on. It really is a tough job, but someone does have to do it. I just hope my […] Continue reading >

Austin’s Best Donuts 2015

I will say this was a really difficult task. I don't eat a lot of donuts, but when I find the right one I can't stop eating it! Spoiler alert...A glazed donut from St Philip is that right one! Good grief, that thing is melt in your mouth delicious! And what makes it even worse […] Continue reading >

Austin’s Best Chocolates 2015

This is my first year writing for the city guide and I couldn't be more excited. Not only do I get to write about my favorite things, I get to sample all of those things. And it's no secret I have a love for chocolate. These chocolate folks are relative new comers to the Austin […] Continue reading >

Chocolate Tasting

Earlier this week, I was testing some chocolate blends that I wanted to use for these brown butter pecan chocolates.  I called over a friend and asked him to help with the tasting. We had six different chocolates to taste. All were very similar in taste, but each had a few minor differences. I arranged the […] Continue reading >

Rocky Road Bark

"As we give presents at Christmas, we need to recognize that sharing our time and ourselves is such an important part of giving" - Gordon B Hinckley We have made it to day number two in the 12 days of holiday baking. If you missed yesterday's recipe, it was for an old classic called Special […] Continue reading >

Special K Bars

"Maybe Christmas, he thought...doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps...means a little bit more."  -The Grinch It's that time of year. December has come and it's time for all the joys of the season. I've always been the kind of person that makes bread for the neighbors, friends and family, or a plate of […] Continue reading >

Friday Food Reads – Homemade Decadence

This weeks Friday Food Reads is the new book by Joy Wilson called Homemade Decadence. I will say, I know of Joy the Baker, AKA Joy Wilson, but I have never tried one of her recipes. When I saw the cover of the book with the words "irresistibly sweet, salty, gooey, sticky, fluffy, creamy, crunchy […] Continue reading >

Candy Corn

I can't believe Halloween has came and went and my schedule was too busy to squeeze in some yummy candy for one of my favorite times of the year. While surfing some social media,  I saw Alton Brown had created a candy corn recipe. I knew this was to be the one thing I would […] Continue reading >

Hand Painted Chocolate Masterpieces

Over the last few months I have been watching Kate Weiser from afar. Well, as afar as the distance of Austin to Dallas. I’ve been following her social media posts anxiously awaiting the opening of her new chocolate shop. The Annual Dallas Chocolate fest was just enough reason to finally get in the car and […] Continue reading >