Hot Chocolate from Scratch

This hot chocolate from scratch is rich, creamy and very, very chocolatey. It is easily made with ingredients from any well stocked baker’s pantry. The sauce pan that I made the hot chocolate in was provided to me by OXO as part of their Blogger Outreach #OXOCookware campaign. Affiliate links were used in this post to link to items I am discussing.

Hot Chocolate from Scratch: rich, creamy and easy to make with basic pantry ingredients!

I know, I promised you John’s birthday’s dessert. And it is coming–soon! But I wanted to get this hot chocolate post out before the cold goes away–because surely it must go away? And I know everyone is busy pinning spring-y things, and I try to be a good blogger about anticipating what people want that way, but the fact is, as long as there is snow on the ground, it is hot chocolate weather around here…. 

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Biryani Gosht

Rich, savory and fragrant Biryani Gosht is fit for a celebration and can be made with any red meat.

Biryani Gosht: a traditional Moghul Indian layered rice dish usually made with lamb, mutton or goat--but you can make it with any red meat!

I know it is kind of lame to resort to bitching about discussing the weather, but you guys know those classic scenes in various movies and tv shows where the violence increases as the heat index rises? Yeah I think multiple snow days have the heat index beat. I have watched my normally pleasant, friendly small town become a morass of people quibbling, arguing and calling one another out on Facebook the past week. … 

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Lemon Glazed White Chocolate Cream Cheese Pound Cake Mini Bundts: #BundtBakers

This versatile Lemon Glazed White Chocolate Cream Cheese Pound Cake can be used to make big bundt cakes, miniature bundt cakes (as shown) and shortcake baskets (see below). It is delicious with berries and worthy of being served at a dinner party. Keep reading to check out all of the other chocolate bundts from Bundt Bakers this month! Affiliate links were used in this post to link to items I am discussing.

Lemon Glazed White Chocolate Cream Cheese Pound Cake Mini Bundts with Blueberries

So how long have your kids been home from school? Amusingly, it has not even been that terrible of a winter (where we are–my hasty apologies to anyone in Massachusetts!). January was downright mild. You can see the tops of our (admittedly long) grass. But last Friday was a teachers work day, Monday was a holiday, and then Octavia came–and we got hit by the edges of it. … 

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Rosemary Bourbon Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Smoked Sea Salt; #CreativeCookieExchange

These Rosemary Bourbon Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Pecans and Smoked Sea Salt are unusual enough to be exciting and familiar enough to be comforting. They are also just plain awesome. For more about this month’s boozy Creative Cookie Exchange keep reading down below!  Affiliate links were used to link to items I am discussing.

Rosemary Bourbon Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Pecans and Smoked Sea Salt

Guys! I may not have re-invented the wheel, but I am really proud of these cookies! Which I guess sounds kinda crazy. But I really went back and forth about adding the rosemary to these. It sounded good to me, but maybe I would be alone in finding them good kind of thing…. 

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Indonesian Coconut Beef Soup with Carrots and Sambal; Review of In Her Kitchen

The recipe for this Soto Betawi, or Indonesian Coconut Beef Soup, comes from a grandmother in Jakarta, Indonesia, and is perfect for anyone who loves coconut milk based dishes. I was sent a copy of In Her Kitchen by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review, and all opinions are my own. Affiliate links have been used to link to items I am discussing.

Indonesian Coconut Beef Soup with Carrots and Sambal

What could possibly be better than learning how to cook traditional dishes from around the world (to this cook anyway)? Learning how to cook those dishes from grandmothers from those countries! Preferably right there in their kitchens with them, but obviously that is not likely to happen. … 

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