Cacao as Currency & An Aztec Hot Chocolate Recipe

As I write today’s entry, the early 70’s song “For the Love of Money” by the O’Jays rings loudly in my head. “Some people got to have it, Some people really need it” but where did it all begin? Chocolate history starts in Latin America, where cacao trees grow wild. The first people to use…

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Southwestern Chicken & Cheddar- Pepper Jack Queso Dip

What better to offer on this National Chip & Dip Day than this ooey gooey, Southwestern cheddar-pepper jack queso dip? The lusciousness is made heartier with the addition of chopped cooked chicken. The chopped chipotle peppers, jalapeños, and chili powder add some heat and intense flavors. Prepare a day ahead, cover and chill in an airtight container;…

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Creamy Hot Caramel Apple Cider

Taking pleasure in a steaming mug of this creamy calming cider is reminiscent of enjoying a freshly-made, real caramel apple from Grandma’s kitchen! Remember when? Sure to warm the soul on chilly autumn nights. Complete & utter relaxation… I’ve made these amber glowing concoctions on several occasions for the likes of all ages and their…

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