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Review: Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert’s Chocolate Bar

Good Vs Evil Chocolate Bar

Step aside, Obi-Wan and Darth Vader. The classic battle of good versus evil is now the stuff of celebrity food personalities. Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert have teamed up with master chocolatier Christopher Curtin to create the “Good & Evil” chocolate bar.  We tasted it. Let’s see if it’s worth its weight in cocoa butter by breaking it down into its component parts:

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Sifted: Halloween Oreo Recipes + Wacky Pizza Inventions

Halloween Cookies and Cream Ice Cream by Amy Bites

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Who says ice cream is only for the summer? Amy Bites’ cookies and cream ice cream with Halloween Oreos is both festive and tasty. Plus, ice cream is always a good idea.
  2. Speaking of Oreos, this frozen hot chocolate recipe by Lauren’s Latest is the real-deal.  The name may seem contradictory, but it will make absolute sense once you try it.
  3. Pumpkin pie spice is in high demand during autumn. Sweet Remedy shows you how make your own, using ingredients already in your pantry.
  4. Jazz up your favorite pancake batter to make Everyday Southwest’s recipe for pumpkin pancakes with cajeta de leche.
  5. Pizza Sleeping Bag: Use or Lose? Buzzfeed rounded up “14 Groundbreaking Pizza Inventions.”

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Sifted: Birthday Doughnuts, Crepe Cupcakes and Carrot Cake Pancakes

Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze by ambrosia

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Doughnut Fix: These chocolate-glazed and rainbow-sprinkled treats from ambrosia should appease the 12-year-old girl who made headlines this week defaming the plain old doughnut.
  2. While Joy the Baker is known for chocolate confections, we love her “What’s wrong with you!? Stop thinking about pie and waffles!!!”-Super Spinach Smoothie.
  3. Today is California Strawberry Day! It’s the perfect excuse for these strawberry crepe cupcakes from Just Putzing Around the Kitchen.
  4. Combine smoked salmon, asparagus and goat cheese for Nectar‘s bright and beautiful quiche.
  5. Dessert for breakfast: smitten kitchen‘s carrot cake pancakes will help satisfy your sweet tooth and kick start a good day.

Meatless Monday: Chocolate For Dinner

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Bobby Flay’s Poached Eggs in Mole Sauce With Creamy Green Rice

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow but since February is basically a month-long excuse to eat a whole bunch of chocolate, don’t wait till tomorrow to indulge. If you haven’t already been eating chocolate daily, start today, and have some for dinner. Now, don’t go all crazy and eat cake for dinner; there are plenty of savory recipes that call for cocoa, like Chocolate Pasta and mole sauce.

Mole is a dark, rich, traditional Mexican sauce (mole means “concoction” in the Aztec dialect Nahuatl); it varies in color and flavor based on the recipe or what the cook has in their kitchen, but it’s generally made with onion, garlic, chilies, ground seeds (like sesame or pepian) and a bit of bitter chocolate. The chocolate adds depth to the sauce without over sweetness, since unsweetened or Mexican chocolate is used. Mole sauce is usually served with chicken, so you won’t find too many vegetarian mole dishes at Mexican restaurants. But just like tomato sauce isn’t just for meatballs, mole isn’t just for chicken. Make it at home and serve it over nachos, slathered on top of spinach or black bean enchiladas, or with poached eggs and creamy rice, like in Bobby Flay’s Poached Eggs in Mole With Creamy Green Rice. Bobby serves his meatless mole dish for brunch in an episode of Brunch@Bobby’s dedicated to chocolate, but this savory dish would make a great dinner, as well.

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Look at Chocolate in a New Way

Chocolate Pasta Recipe

It’s Chocolate Week on Cooking Channel, which means you can tune in for our best chocolate-themed shows  and get our top 50 chocolate dessert recipes. And since some of you just can’t get enough of this decadent ingredient, we though we’d share some new ways to look at chocolate.

Here are 5 unique twists on chocolate:

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Sifted: Peepin’ Around

Peeps!

Happy Easter!

Here’s some fun ideas for your leftover holiday peeps from Cooking Channel’s family and friends:

  • Peeps on a stick? Call them kebabs… — Food2
  • A one of a kind peep show, and no cover charge — Food2
  • Melted chocolate + Marshmallow Peeps = Easter Peep Fondue? — Dish
  • Bringing out the best in those marshmallow bunnies — Serious Eats

Need ideas for your leftover Easter eggs? Check out our Deviled Eggs Cook Off for inspiration.

Chocolate Matzo Brittle

Matzo Brittle may forever change the way I feel about matzo.

I was asked to bring a dessert to my family’s Passover Seder this year. This presented a bit of a conundrum: All use of flour and leavening agents is forbidden on Passover, so needless to say, the baked goods on the holiday table often leave something to be desired. I also needed something that I could make ahead and transport easily on the train from New York to Washington D.C.

Rather than attempting a batch of flourless cookies that go uneaten every year, I decided to embrace the dry, cracker-like, mostly flavorless bread of the holiday and make chocolate matzo brittle. I usually can’t stomach much matzo, but certainly I could improve it by smothering it with molten sugar, chocolate and nuts?

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It’s Chocolate Week on Cooking Channel

Dear chocolate, will you be my valentine?

Love may be in the air around Valentine’s Day, but we all know what goes on the dessert plate. Whether drizzled over strawberries or layered in a decadent cake, there’s nothing quite like the sinfully sweet taste of chocolate.

From classic (and always classy) chocolate souffle, to confections like chocolate-covered bacon that push the cacao bean boundaries, there are endless ways to indulge. Devour them all this week on Cooking Channel.

Tune in to get your chocolate fix.

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Hungry Girl’s Chocolate 911

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Valentine’s Day is coming up, and you want chocolate. Don’t ignore your cravings — give in to Hungry Girl’s delicious chocolate desserts:

  • Mississippi Mug Pie, a rich chocolate mousse cake perfect after your romantic dinner. It’s a one-pot wonder you won’t believe is only 225 calories.
  • Chocolate Marshmallow Madness Cupcakes! They’re super chocolatey and covered with gooey marshmallows and chocolate chips. Perfect for birthday parties.
  • Hungry Girl’s Fudgy Truffle Bites brings together a perfect marriage of chocolate and raspberries into a beautiful, elegant bite-size dessert.
  • And wash it all down with a very special Chocolate Coconut Martini. Hand us another.

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Craving: Chocolate Cake

Rachel Allen's chocolate cake is the perfect way to celebrate my new favorite holiday.

Did you know that there’s a designated food holiday nearly every single day of the year? Some are a little “out there”—does anyone actually celebrate National Cheese Doodle Day? It’s March 5, if you’re interested. But today’s holiday is one we can wholeheartedly get behind: National Chocolate Cake Day.

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