For the Love of Chocolate

Written by Sherri Allen

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Place butter in large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 2 to 2-1/2 minutes or until melted. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well. Blend in cocoa. Add flour, baking powder and salt; beat well. Stir in milk chocolate chips and nuts, if desired. Pour batter into prepared pan

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes about 36 brownies. DECADENT CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened 2 1/2 cup confectionary sugar 1/2 cup cocoa 1/4 cup heavy or whipping cream 1 tablespoon coffee liquer (such as Kahlua)* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, very finely chopped

*may substitute 1 tablespoon chocolate extract Cream butter in large bowl. Combine confectionary sugar and cocoa. Add alternately with cream, coffee liquer and vanilla to butter. Blend well. Chill until firm. Shape into 1-inch balls. Roll in semi-sweet chocolate until coated. Chill until firm. Makes about 36 truffles.

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10 Dishes Every New Bride or Groom Must Know How to Make!

Written by Joi Sigers

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1. French Toast and Pancakes. Nothing will impress him or her quite like a tall, warm stack of delicious pancakes with butter melting offrepparttar sides.

2. Egg dishes: Scrambled, fried and poached. Note: When cooking eggs, remove them fromrepparttar 113138 skillet before they actually look completely done. They continue cooking even after they're removed torepparttar 113139 platter.

3. Buttermilk BIscuits. Buttermilk in a recipe makes everything instantly better. Whether it's biscuits, pancakes or cornbread, it's presence improvesrepparttar 113140 flavor ten-fold.

4. Great coffee. You absolutely must be able to make a sensational pot of coffee. Do your research, try out different beans and always, always grind your own coffee. You can get a grinder for under $20.00, and it will be 20 ofrepparttar 113141 wisest dollars you ever invest.


5. Hamburgers and their cousin, Cheeseburgers. I'll let you in on a family secret, a little garlic salt isrepparttar 113142 difference between, "Honey, this is good." and "Wow! My mom (dad) never made burgers like this!"

6. At least one really good homemade soup. I know,repparttar 113143 little red and white cans are awfully convenient (and you'll find about 10 in my own pantry), but being able to make a sensational potato or vegetable soup is a great big feather in your culinary cap.


7. Fried Chicken. Back torepparttar 113144 Buttermilk for a minute, soaking your chicken in buttermilk (inrepparttar 113145 fridge) for about an hour before coating and frying makes for a juicier, more flavorful meat.

8. Mashed potatoes. Never. Under. Any. Circumstances. Use. Instant. Potatoes. Don't even look their way inrepparttar 113146 store. Peel, boil, and mash your potatoes with milk, butter and....pssst, another family secret, sour cream. It's worthrepparttar 113147 effort.

9. Yeast rolls. Okay, I'll admit it, these aren't as easy to make asrepparttar 113148 other 10 or so foods talked about here. That's because yeast is tempermental. It can be likened to Goldilocks, of all things. It gets angry ifrepparttar 113149 liquid is too hot, it gets angry ifrepparttar 113150 liquid is too cold. It wants it just right, and whenrepparttar 113151 temperature isn't just right, whereas Goldie laid down, your bread will lie down. Flat rolls. Ugly rolls.

10. (3-way tie!) Chocolate Chip Cookies, Apple Pie and Your sweetheart's favorite cake. Masterrepparttar 113152 desserts and even whenrepparttar 113153 main meal isn't up to par it'll be okay. The last thing a person eats, after all, isrepparttar 113154 thing they'll most recall. You knowrepparttar 113155 saying, all's well that end's well.

Cogratulations, good luck, and have fun. It may sound like something out of a 1940s cookbook, but that really isrepparttar 113156 biggest secret. To most things in life, actually.

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