I like to cook and love trying new recipes, sometimes
unfortunately! Here are some recipe links which I collected. I must confess I haven't tried most of them yet but I'm working on
BACK OF THE BOX RECIPES
FANNIE FARMER COOKBOOK
HERSHEY FOODS HOMEPAGE (I love chocolate!)
THE CONGO COOKBOOK
BREAKING BREAD WITH FATHER DOMINIC
A COLLECTION OF BERKS COUNTY RECIPES
HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC KITCHEN
OUT OF THE FRYING PAN
KELLOGG'S RICE KRISPIES RECIPES GALORE
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING: FOOD
RECIPES ARCHIVE INDEX
TOP SECRET RECIPES ON THE WEB
BUMBLE BEE SEAFOODS
CHEF OLDER'S WORLD OF FOOD & MORE
THE GLOBAL GOURMET
THE CREOLE AND CAJUN RECIPE PAGE
THE GUTSY GOURMET
ORIENTAL FOOD COM
AMMA'S INDIAN RECIPES
DRESSINGS & SAUCES
MOM'S BROWNIES ~ Funny!
Which do you like the best?
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THE HISTORY OF CHOCOLATE
When Columbus stumbled across what he thought was India, he made some pretty significant discoveries for Europe.
Chocolate, of course, was the most significant. But as with most of his discoveries, someone else had already found it.
In the case of chocolate, it was the Olmec, a tribe that lived in the lowlands of Mexico in 1500 BC, who beat Columbus to the punch. They are best known for constructing enormous sculptures, cleverly dubbed the Colossal Heads, which are, as you may have guessed, very large stone heads.
A bit later, the Mayans and the Aztecs made "chocolatl", an incarnation very unlike the chocolate of today. They drank it cold and unsweetened, so it might have tasted a lot like that coffee you poured earlier this morning and never got around to drinking.
From his fourth journey to the New World, Columbus returned to Spain with the cacao bean among his gifts to the Queen and her court. They didn't pay much attention to it (colonization is very distracting).
Hernan Cortes, who conquered Mexico for Spain, is usually credited with bringing chocolate to the attention of Europeans.
While he and his men may have sweetened the bitter drink, it wasn't until 1544, when Dominican friars brought a group of Mayan royalty - bearing a number of gifts, including chocolate - to meet with Prince Phillip of Spain, that chocolate was successfully brought to Europe.
One of the biggest evolutionary moments in chocolate history came when chocolate went from the cup to the bar. Chocolate was successfully transformed from a liquid to a solid by Spanish nuns, who made their convents rich by selling chocolate.
The more refined chocolate delicacies - bon-bons, cakes and puddings were developed much later, in the 19th century.
Today, chocolate is enjoyed by everyone around the world. During World War II, American soldiers were provided with chocolate as part of their provisions - it is now a permanent part of U.S. Army rations.
Even NASA has sanctioned the use of chocolate as a source for quick energy for the astronauts on their missions.
Chocolate-covered raisins, cherries, orange slices & strawberries
all count as fruit, so eat as many as you want.
The problem: How to get 2 pounds of chocolate home from the store
in hot car.
The solution: Eat it in the parking lot.
Diet tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It'll take the
edge off your appetite and you'll eat less.
A nice box of chocolates can provide your total daily intake of
calories in one place.
Isn't that handy?
If you can't eat all your chocolate, it will keep in the
freezer. But if you can't eat all your chocolate, what's wrong
If calories are an issue, store your chocolate on top of the
fridge. Calories are afraid of heights, and they will jump out of
the chocolate to protect themselves.
If I eat equal amounts of dark chocolate and white chocolate, is
that a balanced diet?
Don't they actually counteract each other?
Money talks. Chocolate sings.
Chocolate has many preservatives. Preservatives make you look
Put "eat chocolate" at the top of your list of things to do
today. That way, at least you'll get one thing done.