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By Julie Rothman, For The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2014
Gilda Weinfeld from Pikesville said that last year during Passover, an acquaintance sent her some homemade chocolate-covered matzo. She said it was absolutely delicious. But when she called her friend to thank her for the gift, she asked for the recipe - and her friend politely declined to give it to her. Not to worry - there are plenty of good recipes for homemade chocolate matzo both online and in print. My go-to recipe for this holiday treat comes from "A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking" by Marcy Goldman.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
The Milton Inn   is running a Lobster, Champagne & Chocolate prix-fixe dinner on Mondays and Tuesdays through September. For $32, guests get a 1-1/2 pound Maine lobster with a choice of two sides from the a la carte menu, along with one glass of Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut and a chocolate truffle. Call 410-771-4366 for reservations. Corner BYOB   in Hampden has a new $25 three-course prix-fixe menu every Monday. On tonight's menu are things like seafood corn bisque, port marinated grilled beef heart, herb-infused lobster and corn risotto, pan-seared trout fillet, and beer-braised pork belly.
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By Zach Sparks, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2013
Philadelphia Jeff Dunham Stand-up comedian Jeff Dunham has carved a career out of ventriloquism with popular puppets like Walter, Peanut and Achmed the terrorist. Dunham has appeared on Comedy Central Presents and specials titled "Spark of Insanity" and "Controlled Chaos. " This time, Dunham will bring his "Disorderedly Conduct" tour to the Wells Fargo Center. The show starts at 8 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Wells Fargo Center. Tickets are on sale starting at $69 on stubhub.com.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
The Hershey Company is accusing a state senator from Queen Anne's County of using chocolate-colored campaign signs to draw on its sugary "fame and equity" in a bid to drum up votes. In a federal lawsuit filed last week, the Pennsylvania-based confectioner asked a judge to stop Sen. Stephen S. Hershey Jr. from using campaign materials that it believes are too similar to its own logo and packaging. "Hershey is bringing this action to stop Senator Steve Hershey and his campaign from using the famous trade dress of the Hershey's chocolate bar in connection with Senator Hershey's campaign activities," the company wrote in a complaint.
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By Rob Kasper | February 7, 1999
I ATE A CHOCOLATE frog, some chocolate fettucine, a chocolate empanada, chocolate pate and a chocolate lightning bolt. I had to do this in the line of duty as a judge at the eighth annual Chocolate Affair, a benefit by area restaurants and caterers for the Center for Poverty Solutions that was held last week at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.I do not claim that being a chocolate judge is one of life's bad jobs. It is a long way, for instance, from digging coal. But I can report that after eating four chocolate desserts in 10 minutes, your tongue begins to feel like a Tootsie Roll.
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By ROB KASPER | February 12, 1992
Eating chocolate is an appropriate way to mark most any occasion in life, from honoring Arbor Day to mourning the death of a major appliance.Over the years I marked such noteworthy events as finding a free parking spot, by stopping at the Rheb chocolate booth in the Lexington Market and refueling.Whenever I spot a Rolls-Royce, which these days isn't very often, I nonetheless think of the time I held a model of that car, made from Godiva chocolate, in my moist and trembling hands.The sight of dark blue ceramic tile makes me think chocolate covered nuts and the tiled entrance to the Russell Stover store in Kansas City.
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By DAVID ZURAWIK and DAVID ZURAWIK,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | October 15, 2008
The presidential candidacy of Sen. Barack Obama has already inspired several in-depth explorations of race, ranging from CNN's Black in America documentary in July to Ted Koppel's report The Last Lynching, which aired on Discovery Monday. Tonight on Comedy Central comes a new sketch magazine comedy series, Chocolate News. Created by and starring David Alan Grier, it's a no-holds-barred exploration of contemporary life from a distinctly African-American perspective. As Grier himself describes it at the start of the pilot, "Welcome to the Chocolate News, the only source of pure, uncircumcised realness from an Afro-centric perspective."
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By ROB KASPER | February 22, 2006
A bread pudding topped with a dark-chocolate sauce took the top prize at the 15th annual Chocolate Affair. The dessert, prepared by What's for Dinner Professional Chef Service, was voted the "Hot Chocolate," or tastiest chocolate treat, by a panel of 17 members of the media who sampled dishes offered by 34 restaurants and vendors. Chicken Mali Kebab, chicken marinated in garlic, ginger and green coriander, from Akbar Palace Restaurant, garnered the Sweet Relief prize for the best savory dish without chocolate.
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By Scott Joseph and Scott Joseph,Orlando Sentinel | April 26, 1992
For some people, a thick slice of rich chocolate cake with gooey icing should be paired with one beverage and one beverage only.But drinking a big glass of milk in an elegant restaurant might be a tad declasse. A glass of wine is certainly more sophisticated.Dennis Kirkwood, certified sommelier and owner of Bon Appetit Caterers in Longwood, Fla., says chocolate poses a special problem when it comes to choosing a wine."The main component in chocolate is cocoa butter, which by itself is very bitter," he says.
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By Rob Kasper | February 11, 2001
It was a dark and chocolate-filled night. The power went out briefly at the Chocolate Affair 2001 held last week at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, but the chocolate-loving masses kept going. Neither the lack of overhead lighting nor the chill of night could keep the dedicated eaters from making their appointed rounds, spooning down chocolate ravioli, chocolate mole and slices of chocolate cake flavored with hot peppers. I was among them, mingling with a crowd estimated at 1,000 who sampled the fare offered by some 45 local restaurants, caterers, candy makers and merchants.
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By Julie Rothman, For The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Gilda Weinfeld from Pikesville said that last year during Passover, an acquaintance sent her some homemade chocolate-covered matzoh. She said it was absolutely delicious, and when she called her friend to thank her for the gift she asked for the recipe — and her friend politely declined to give it to her. Not to worry, Gilda, there are plenty of good recipes for homemade chocolate matzoh both online and in print. My go-to recipe for this holiday treat comes from "The Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking" by Marcy Goldman.
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By Catherine Mallette | February 17, 2014
If a pretty, clear-skies day inspires you to embark upon a back-roads weekend day trip with your favorite road companion, consider a jaunt that involves wine and chocolates. Start with a trip to the Harford Vineyard & Winery, and pick up a bottle of Crimson Moon, a dry red that took a 2013 Silver Medal in the Maryland Winemasters Choice awards (may we recommend the Malbec, too?). Then head another 34 miles up to Pennsylvania, and visit Neuchatel Chocolates' factory store in Oxford.
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By Andrew Conrad | February 10, 2014
Hey, "The Walking Dead" is back on AMC! It's been two months since we've been able to spend our Sunday nights watching men and women in tattered clothing brutally slaughtering rotting men and women in even more tattered clothing/skin, unless you happened to catch that one really weird episode of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" on the Memorable Entertainment network. Sunday night's return - titled "After" - was a very strong showing, in this humble blogger's opinion. If you didn't start getting a little choked up during the scene where little Carl almost has to squeeze the trigger to put down his father, Rick, you might want to be tested to see if you're a serial killer.
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By Julie Rothman, For The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
Ed Levy from Baltimore was hoping I would be able to get the recipe for the salted chocolate caramel pie that he and his wife so enjoyed at Bottega, the new restaurant located in the Station North neighborhood in Baltimore. It was one of two desserts on the menu the night he and his wife dined there with friends, and they all thought it was one of the single best desserts they had ever had. They ordered one slice to share and liked it so much they asked for a second. I contacted Adrien Aeschliman, the chef-owner of Bottega, and he graciously provided me with his recipe for the pie. He said he adapted it from a recipe from Marlow & Sons restaurant in Brookyln, N.Y. This deliciously decadent creation may not be for the inexperienced cook.
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By Julie Rothman, For The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2013
Joan Metcalf from Westminster asked for help finding the recipe for Chocolate Bliss Bites. She had clipped the recipe from the February 2007 issue of Prevention magazine but said she was missing the complete directions. She liked the fact that the cookies had no fat. Herb Rosenberg from North Babylon, N.Y., found the very recipe that Metcalf was looking for on the Prevention magazine website (recipes.prevention.com/recipe/chocolate-bliss-cookies.aspx). These gems are incredibly easy to make and taste like rich little brownie bites but are made with zero fat. It's probably a good thing that the recipe only makes 24 because their rich flavor makes them irresistible.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard
For The Baltimore Sun
| September 18, 2013
Water for Chocolate chef/owner Sean Guy calls his food "sexy comfort cuisine. " We're not sure about the "sexy" part, but his capable take on traditional Southern comfort food is definitely impressive. Guy cut his teeth in chain restaurants - think Hard Rock Cafe - but Water for Chocolate is anything but corporate. Operated out of a corner storefront in Butchers Hill, the restaurant dishes up breakfast, lunch and dinner to a steady stream of loyal, local customers. Scene & Decor With soda cases lining one wall, a path to the bathroom that winds through the kitchen and a weeknight closing time of 7 p.m., Water for Chocolate sometimes feels more like a carryout than a sit-down restaurant.
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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,Sun reporter | February 7, 2007
The Essence of Chocolate By John Scharffenberger and Robert Steinberg with Ann Krueger Spivack and Susie Heller Chocolate & Vanilla By Gale Gand with Lisa Weiss Clarkson Potter / 2006 / $22.50 With two covers, introductions and recipe sections, the latest book from Chicago pastry chef and restaurateur Gale Gand appeals to those who like their sweet flavors dark or light (or both). Along with about 60 recipes, there are tips on finding good chocolate and vanilla, deciphering chocolate terminology and warming chocolate just enough to make curls (try a hair dryer set on low)
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By Mark Ribbing and Mark Ribbing,sun staff | December 20, 1998
"The Emperors of Chocolate," by Joel Glenn Brenner. Random House. 384 pages. $25.95. If you need further proof of the craftiness of marketing and the manipulability of human desires, consider the M&M.This unassuming, utterly familiar little candied nodule is filled, of course, with chocolate - but not just any chocolate. The main ingredient of M&M's is, by design, somewhat bland. Thus, anyone seeking to satisfy a chocolate jones will feel compelled to eat handful after handful of M&M's: A small dose just won't do it.This inside glimpse of Willy Wonka's kingdom comes courtesy of Joel Glenn Brenner's modern history of the American chocolate industry told through the stories of its two dominant firms, Mars Inc. (the maker of the M&M)
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