• 3 cups of Italian hot chocolate, whipped cream and a spoon
    Chocolate,  Drinks

    Extra Decadent Italian Hot Chocolate

    If extra decadent Italian hot chocolate doesn’t say, “I love you,” then I don’t know what will. A few minutes stirring over the stove will yield a rich, thick, deeply chocolate cup of pure joy! It’s a nice recipe to have in your back pocket for Valentine’s Day, or just to warm up on a chilly evening. This past December I visited Chicago with my family. We discovered we booked a hotel right next door to Eataly, the Italian food mega-store. What a perfect accident for a food obsessed person like me! Every morning we made our way to Eataly, unwrapping a few layers of clothes to enjoy a simple…

  • Cookies

    Chocolate Banana Coconut Cookies

    I’m a coconut lover, plain and simple. Real, fake, sweet, savory, it doesn’t matter, bring it on! Born in the heat of Florida, tropical flavors are hard for me to resist. When I came across the chocolate banana pecan cookies in Ottolenghi’s latest volume, Sweet, I knew the perfect tweak to make them my own. Chocolate banana coconut cookies! Don’t get me wrong, this Southern girl loves pecans, but melty chocolate and chewy coconut punctuated by sweet banana sounds like a tropical dream. I can’t wait to try these again with flavored chocolate like lime and ginger, for that extra umph. These chocolate banana coconut cookies come together easily. However, plan in…