Friday, February 12, 2010

Chocolate Infused Favorites Friday

I can't believe it's Friday again already!  This week has just flown by.  I've been very busy reading about all sorts of yummy food related things, and there seems to be a theme this week - chocolate.  Chocolate seems to be on everyone's mind and their blogs.  Hmmm, perhaps it has something to do with that holiday coming up this weekend?

I'll go along with the chocolate theme for this weeks Favorites Friday and make everyone happy by pushing the chocolate craze just a little further along.

If your looking for chocolate recipes then check out these posts:

Over at Mixed Greens Blog  you'll find a recipe for Chocolate Pudding featuring one of my favorite chocolate companies, from right here in Seattle - Theo Chocolate -  

Vegan Crunk revisits a memorable dessert from Millennium Restaurant in San Fransisco and tries her hand at recreating it.  The results sound delicious.  Check out the recipe for her take on the Chocolate Almond Midnight Torte.

Love Veggies and Yoga has several options for chocolate fans.  There's the delectable looking Vegan Fudge, the beautiful (they look like something done by a professional chocolatier) White Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, and one of my all time favorites desserts - Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

I tried out Chocolate Covered Katie's 5-minute Chocolate Mousse recently.  It turned out pretty tasty. (It must have been, I think we managed to gobble it all up before getting any pictures!) It was way richer than I thought it would be.  I'm eager to try different brands of tofu as the base after reading that some are better for this kind of thing.  I also thought it would make a decent raw-like icing for something too so I'll be searching for a raw dessert, maybe with strawberries to try that out.

With all those delicious chocolate possibilities I only ask that you use only fair trade, slavery free chocolate.  If you don't already know about the the slavery issues related to chocolate, you can learn more about it here.  Fair trade is the way to go!

Now, I'm going to be sacrilege and share something completely different for any other lemonphiles out there who would rather serve up a sweet-tart luscious lemon-filled delight.

What is a lemonphile?
lemon - a tart citrus fruit, usually yellow in color
phile - one who loves, likes or is attracted to

Put them together and what do you have?  A lover of all things lemon!  If that's you, then definately check this out this humorous post from The Daily Raw Cafe and the recipe for her Lemon Coconut Pie.

Or maybe you just want a little spice in your life?  How about these Raw Cinnamon Rolls from Rawmazing.  These are on my to-do list!

I hope those links will keep you busy and inspired to spend some time in the kitchen this weekend!

Coming soon to Rutabegas and Other Adventures:

  • Sweet Potato Tacos with Chipotle Cream
  • Chickpea and Sun-dried Tomato Stew
  • Fennel and Grapefruit Salad
  • Vegetarian Reubens and Why a Reuben is Special Enough for Valentine's Day (I might even share the story of how I met my husband, it's a good one!)
  • A Cookbook Review - Vegan Brunch
  • First Ever "Meet Your Food Monday"
And so much more...

My question for anyone who might like to answer it:
Do you have foods or meals that are connected to special memories in your life?  What are they and the memories that make them special?

Have a great weekend and Valentine's Day, everyone!  Till next week, happy cooking!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Amazing dessers, Maurie!!! Wow, thanks for the links back to my blog and looks like you've been a busy girl in the kitchen :)

Thanks for letting me know you linked me, I don't get pings :( on blogger. And the professional chocolatier compliment you gave, melted me. No pun intended.

Have a great weekend!!!!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Hahaha I am constantly forgetting to take photos too. Food is just too good, ya know?

And OMG raw cinnamon rolls? When you make them, send me some over the internet, please? :)

EcoGrrl said...

ooh! ooh! me too! i make handrolled bittersweet truffles -

love all these ideas, and YES definitely a lemonphile - watching my meyer lemon tree blossoming right now indoors, praying it makes it to spring :)

einmaleins said...

Like the cinnamon container ;-)

Maurie Kirschner said...

Yeah, I got it at this really cool little store, Ein mal Eins, in Olympia. It's run by this funny German guy. ; )