chocolate

This past weekend we spent a day in Perth, a small city on the Northern shore of the Tay River. We went for a wonderful walk along a sculpture trail, past abstract metal shapes and one impressive sundial, and clumps of lavender in bloom – a sight I never expected to see in Scotland. When we got hungry, as we inevitably do, we stopped and picked up picnic goodies. The Bean Shop offers dozens of kinds of loose teas and coffee beans from all over the tropical world, roasted in house. Walking in to the tiny shop, we were offered […]

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By Riki Shore This weekend my daughter and I made these Chewy Chocolate Meringues for her table at a kid’s marketplace. The idea was simple: kids would sell wares they’ve made by hand and manage the money transactions themselves. As a homeschool family, we’re always looking for constructive and fun ways to connect with other children, and the marketplace seemed to offer a great opportunity. She’d be practicing discipline, planning, time management, measuring, counting, marketing, and sales all in one go. With any luck, she’d make some money to boot. In addition to the meringues, we decided to make chocolate […]

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By Riki Shore As I mentioned last week, we celebrated a milestone birthday recently. One of the benefits of having a wife with a culinary degree is that Rob can dream up whatever dessert strikes his fancy and I’ll make it for him. After a lot of discussion and perusing of cookbooks, he decided on chocolate-star anise pots de creme. Now, where in world did he come up with that? Did I have a recipe for it and just didn’t realize it? Actually, he was inspired by a recipe for star anise pots de creme in a Jean-Georges Vongerichten cookboook and […]

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