For the Love of Chocolate

Written by Sherri Allen

Forrepparttar Love of Chocolate.

Almost everyone loves chocolate. In a recent study conducted byrepparttar 113139 Chocolate Manufacturers Association, chocolate was ranked as America's favorite flavor. Of course,repparttar 113140 love of chocolate is not unique to modern society. As far back as 2000 years ago,repparttar 113141 Mayans created a drink from crushed cocoa beans and referred to chocolate as "food ofrepparttar 113142 gods."

Chocolate might even be good for us! Some medical studies have indicated some health benefits associated with eating chocolate. According to Larry Graham, president ofrepparttar 113143 American Cocoa Research Institute (ACRI), chocolate is very high in antioxidants. In fact, it contains one ofrepparttar 113144 highest levels of antioxidant compounds that can be found in any food and may reducerepparttar 113145 risk for coronary heart disease. Subjects in a study conducted at Pennsylvania State University experience higher HDL, "good," cholesterol levels when they included small amounts of chocolate in their diets. Experts have concluded that eating chocolate might increase endorphins, "feel-good" chemicals in our brains, and lift our moods. Chocolate also contains several important minerals and is a major source of copper in our diet.

So go ahead, indulge that craving. Enjoying chocolate in moderation, as part of a sensible diet, is not only tasty, it's good for you too.

Here are some recipes to help you get your chocolate fix:


1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine 2 cups sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 4 eggs 3/4 cup cocoa 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup milk chocolate chips 1 cup chopped nuts (optional) Heat oven to 350F. Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

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

Written by Joi Sigers

Okay, you've either gotten married or are planning to pretty soon. Congratulations! I'm sure you're aware that this means you will be responsible for at least halfrepparttar meals you and your loved one will eat from here on out! Not to mention future children, your visiting family members and - of course - inlaws.

A while back, one of my young daughters (who I hope wasn't getting any ideas), asked me which 10 recipes I thought every newly married person should be able to make. After thinking, off and on, about it for a few days, I came up with what I believe arerepparttar 113138 top ones. Before we get torepparttar 113139 recipes, I'd like to just share a few words that would have made life a lot easier on me had someone shared them with me when I first began cooking!

Cooking is an art. It isn't a chore to be endured or a duty to get out ofrepparttar 113140 way. It truly can be one ofrepparttar 113141 most rewarding and satisfying things you'll ever do. Just like most things, anyone who wants to become good at it can. Anyone who wants to become great at it can. There's an ancient Chinese Proverb that says, "The only difference between a good housekeeper and a bad one is an hour a day." I tookrepparttar 113142 liberty to editrepparttar 113143 proverb to tell you, "The only difference between a good cook and a bad one is an hour a day." If you make up your mind to become a great cook and dedicate even just one hour a day to honing your skills, you'll earn your apron's stripes!

A few things you should always remember:

Never leaverepparttar 113144 kitchen when you're baking cookies or biscuits. I wouldn't advise ever wandering away fromrepparttar 113145 kitchen while cooking, but when it's something like cookies or biscuits, doing so is usually disasterous. They're just looking for a reason to burn and take your departure asrepparttar 113146 open door they need.

When getting cookbooks, go torepparttar 113147 used bookstores - or check online auctions or The cookbooks that were written inrepparttar 113148 70s and 80s were some ofrepparttar 113149 best. You'll find ingredients you've actually heard of, for one thing, plus they tend to have more ofrepparttar 113150 basic recipes you'll need for starting out.

Watch Food TV! It is really addictive, and even more informative. I'd suggest you not ever, under any circumstances, miss an episode of Paula Deen's "Paula's Home Cooking", Rachel Ray's "30 Minute Meals" or Alton Brown's "Good Eats". They'rerepparttar 113151 top, in my opinion. After you're more familiar with your way aroundrepparttar 113152 pots and pans, you'll be ready for Emeril, but you have to work up to him!

Now, torepparttar 113153 top ten recipes you'll need. Either consult some of those cookbooks I told you about, or a website, such as or, or ask various family members for their favorite recipes for each. They'll get a real kick out of that. Plus, if you happen to ask an inlaw for their favorite recipes, you'll get off on an especially agreeable note!

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