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Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate

You know, there should really be a chocolate monster to rival the cookie monster. It’s that important. History itself shows us how vitally important chocolate is.  The Mayans and Aztecs in Mexico are known to have used it first, making a spicy frothy drink out of the ground cacao pods. From there it was taken to Spain. At some point the French got hold of it, and that’s where it began it’s real journey of transcendence. Because they invented chocolate mousse and ganache.

Here’s a video on how chocolate is made by El Rey chocolate factory:

Of course, chocolate desserts are found worldwide now, and pastry chefs make the most of chocolate to create delightful concoctions. Our chefs have prepared a chocolate bundle that I mentioned in an earlier blog, 8 Guilty Pleasures.

Allow me to rhapsodize.

First you get our Chocolate Ganache cake. Moist chocolate cake with layers of Ganache.  Ganache, in case you don’t know, is a French term for a smooth, creamy and rich mixture of chocolate and fresh cream.

Next Madeleines dipped in chocolate. Madeleines are elegant little French cakes with distinctive shell shapes. Rich and buttery, soft with lightly crisped edges. These little delights are dipped into rich dark chocolate.

Our family size chocolate cake is so good that Greg said he would eat the whole thing in a single sitting, given the chance. Incredibly moist chocolate fudge cake, filled and iced with a delicate sour cream chocolate frosting.

Gourmet Cookie Selection: Three chewy cookies. Dark Chocolate Cranberry Cookies, Snickerdoodles and Dr. Midnight Cookies make a sweet trilogy. Indulge in chocolate-y goodness!

Double-fudge Brownies-Don’t the words double fudge make your hair stand up?  Made with Guittard Chocolate, this dense and decadent no-nut double fudge brownie is laced with chocolate chip.

Melody, MagicKitchen.com blogger


Food, Events and Astrology- How to throw a Perfect Party

You may or may not believe in astrology, but in either case, this is an interesting way to pick a birthday gift!

Aries (Mar 21- Apr 19) – Aries likes it hot, the hotter the better!  Tex-mex is always a good idea. If you’re having a party for them keep lots of hot sauce on hand. A selection of hot sauces is an excellent choice for a gift for an Aries. Aries people get bored easily, so keep the party moving- lots of games are a good idea, along with several kinds of appetizers.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20) – A Taurus is a tactile person, they love great textures and great food. A good ideas for them is a prime rib dinner with sides and a dessert. MagicKitchen.com provides the perfect meal for this personality. If you’re having a party for a Taurus, keep it classy and upscale. Great food, good wines and quiet conversation will make your Taurus happy.

Gemini (May 21 – Jun 20) -Gemini people like being free, the excitement of travel, gadgets, fast food, doing more than a few things at once, acting fast on decisions, diversity, novel company and being among people. Throwing them a party is great fun, because they will provide the entertainment!  Invite a few more interesting conversationalists and don’t sweat the food. Geminis don’t care about food, it’s all about the people around them.

Cancer (Jun 21 – July 22)- Cancer people are family people. They like gourmet cuisine, history- especially family genealogy, any expression of affection such as flowers,  the company of others, a calm atmosphere, and any kind of close and affectionate physical contact.  So invite their family, provide some gourmet appetizers and keep the music quiet.  Here is some advice from Wikipedia on party invitations that might be helpful! Etiquette in North America.

Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 22) – Leos are active, athletic people, and love unusual food, innovative recipes and exotic drinks. Get a group of people together to go skiing, then have an after-skiing dinner at an exotic restaurant. Try any foreign cuisine, such as Thai, Vietnamese, Indian or Greek. Another option is to have a home party after the athletic event, and serve up some unique MagicKitchen.com meals such as Chicken Breast Del Monte or Fire-Roasted Vegetables en Croûte.

Virgo (Aug 23 -Sep 22) -Virgo people like making lists, self-improvement lessons, promptness, dealing with details (no matter how minor or unimportant), little animals, helping others, and wearing nice-tailored clothes in muted colors and textures.

Virgos dislike crowds and noise. A good idea for a Virgo is to find out their favorite restaurant and make reservations there. Invite a few close friends. Don’t throw a surprise party for a Virgo!!

Libra (Sep 23 – Oct 22) – Libra people like a pleasing environment, a good debate, being fussed over, having people surrounding them, being of service to others, and dislike loud arguments, confusion or confusing situations. They will enjoy a simple pasta meal, with a great dessert. Have everyone bring gifts- a Libra loves gifts.

Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21) – Scorpios are spiritual people and enjoy adventure and mystery. It would be fun to have a game night, or a murder mystery night for them. Look for gifts that get them in touch with their spiritual side. This includes candles, incense, crystal balls, feng shui items and even tarot cards.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21) –Sagittarius people like limitless freedom of action to do what they like, alternative or unusual ideas, being on the move constantly, plentiful food and drink, loud parties with many new and interesting people, and raffles and lotteries of any kind. Have a huge party for them, invite everyone you know, rock the music and put out a nice buffet. Keep a huge tub of ice on hand and keep it filled with hard and soft drinks and beer.

Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19) – Capricorns like very fine food and drink, antiques, having plenty of unconditional love and support, lots of  ‘me time,’  home and family. Get close friends and family together and head out to the finest restaurant in town.  Classical music, good simple food and some great wine with close friends and family will make the Capricorn’s day.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18) – Aquarians like fame and recognition, dreams, rainbows, magic, change for its own sake, eccentricity, surprises, weird friends and acquaintances, and experimentation. Throw a party with the most eclectic group you can find, and for the food make it a kind of make-your-own meal. Make-your-own pizza, falafels or any kind of pita stuffings, tacos with lots of ingredients,;any of those will keep your Aquarian interested and having fun.

Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) – Pisces like seafood, champagne, organic foods of all types, romantic places, sunsets on the beach, mountain vistas, ponds, waterfalls, and water lilies, background music, poetry, candles,  and freedom. You really can’t go wrong with fresh seafood. Pisces are artistic and dislike noisy crowds. Find a quiet and peaceful place for a picnic and your Pisces will feel fulfilled.

Melody, MagicKitchen.com blogger