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By John Houser III, Special To The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2011
While the weather forecast for Saturdays' Ravens game is in the high 40s - not exactly Green Bay territory - it can get chilly after being outside for a while. One of the best ways to keep the cold at bay is with a cup of spicy hot chocolate. Traditionally, hot chocolate is just a thicker version of chocolate milk. This version is rich and full of character, thanks to cinnamon, orange peel and chiles. Don't be afraid - it's not as spicy as you might think. There is a little bite at the end, but nothing that will make you breathe fire.
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By Jordan Bartel | February 25, 2014
According to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archives.  10. 'Love Hurts,' Nazareth Lots of folks have covered this super-emotive classic, but I always connect it to 1990s commercials (like Gatorade). Sidenote: For some reason, I never knew this song was this old. I would have guessed '86. 9. 'Lonely Night (Angel Face),' Captain & Tennille R.I.P Captain and Tennille's relationship (the two recently split). In a related note, I apologize for this video, which is really odd even by 1970s standards.
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December 29, 1991
Cooking with chocolate can be as simple as making a steaming cup of hot chocolate or as complex as constructing a tricolor chocolate terrine. Here are some recipes from "The International Chocolate Cookbook" (Stewart, Tabori & Chang; hardcover, $40):Swiss-style hot chocolateMakes 3 or 4 servings.3 1/2 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) chocolate (preferably Swiss), coarsely chopped3 1/4 cups whole milk, divided2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided (see note)1 large egg yolk3/4 cup heavy (whipping)
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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 Rob Kasper | February 28, 2001
WHEN THE snow falls, the sidewalks have to be shoveled and the shovelers have to be rewarded for their labors with chocolate. That, in my mind, is the code of the snowy sidewalk. So as the flakes fell last week, I started searching for recipes that would inspire the shovel-carrying masses to action. The particular mass I had in mind was the 175 pounds of bulk known as our teen-age son. Like many parents, I have had some success over the years goading my kids to remove snow from sidewalks.
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By ANNETTE GOOCH and ANNETTE GOOCH,UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE | February 13, 2000
At any Mexican bakery, whether in Mexico or the United States, you'll find an irresistible assortment of "pan dulces," sweet breads with various toppings. What goes best with these tempting pastries is a cup of Chocolate Mexicano (Mexican-style hot chocolate) or Cafe de Olla ("pot coffee," so called because it's simmered in the coffee pot). The comforting cocoa can be made with milk or water. While purists might use a "molinillo" (a carved wooden beater) to froth the chocolate, you can use a whisk or a blender.
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By Susan Taylor and Susan Taylor,UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE | January 31, 2001
Hot chocolate is not just for kids. The ancient "drink of the gods" is making a comeback as a serious adult beverage. Luxury drinking chocolate, harking back to 17th-century European salons and chocolate houses, now is available. Aromatic, cinnamon-spiked Mexican hot chocolate has gone mainstream; find it at Latin American grocery stores and in some supermarkets. Premium cocoa, which boasts chocolate as the primary ingredient, and cocoa drinks flavored with hazelnut, mint and raspberry vie for space in groceries and gourmet shops.
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By Sara Engram and Sara Engram,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 4, 2004
The cover of this month's Gourmet magazine trumpets what we all intuitively know - February is a month when chocolate is not a luxury, but a necessity. That's especially true of that quintessential wintertime warm-up, hot chocolate. Now that microwaves are ubiquitous and one-cup prepackaged cocoa mixes are readily available, hot chocolate, or at least hot cocoa, is quick and convenient. In addition to mixes, there is good old cocoa, useful in baking and only a step or two more complicated for making a bracing mug of hot cocoa than a prepared mix. The mixes vary in quality, of course, but whether you're content with Swiss Miss dissolved in hot water or prefer Ghirardelli's Double Chocolate in hot milk, there are plenty of good choices on your grocery store shelf.
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January 1, 2004
Technology lovers' hot chocolate maker creates a frothy top Some gadgets are purely for fun. Not in my wildest dreams did I think I would have so much fun, though, with Sunbeam's Mr. Coffee Cocomotion Hot Chocolate maker ($29.99 online). The Cocomotion, which looks a lot like its Mr. Coffee brothers, makes about four cups of hot chocolate, with a frothy top to it. All you do is pour in the milk and mix in a few packets of hot chocolate mix and turn this puppy on. After 10 minutes - which is certainly longer than sticking a mug of milk or water in your microwave for two minutes and pouring the mix into that water-filled mug - the hot chocolate is just the right temperature for sipping, but not gulping.
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By ELIZABETH LARGE and ELIZABETH LARGE,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC | January 11, 2006
Last year Starbucks, sensing a trend, introduced hot chocolate into its lineup. If you're thinking the company has always sold hot chocolate, think again. Connoisseurs make a distinction between hot chocolate, essentially a liquid chocolate bar, and cocoa, that favorite childhood drink made with cocoa powder, sugar and milk or water. Stone Mill Bakery Green Spring Station, Brooklandville Price --$3.25 Ingredients --Shaved Valrhona chocolate and half-and-half Comments --If you can get the bakery to make this slowly so no skin forms, this could be the best of the best.
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January 27, 2014
Edgewood Lions Club welcomed Santa and Mrs. Claus on Dec. 9. Lions were also joined by members of the Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company with a fire engine and Sheriff Jesse Bane, who spent the evening with them. Among the gifts given to the children were books, coloring books and coupons from the Edgewood Burger King, Taco Bell and KFC. Everyone who attended got to enjoy some homemade cookies and hot chocolate.
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By Stephanie Citron, For The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2013
Few people can recognize the yearning to escape better than Carla Hayden, chief executive officer of the Enoch Pratt Library. As a librarian, she has spent many years helping her curious clientele explore new realms and journey to wondrous places through books. So when Hayden decides that it's time to turn the page or open a new chapter in her life, it is no wonder she favors a destination famed like no other for its joie de vivre - Paris. We caught up with her to chat about her Parisian adventures and her favorite hidden treasures.
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2012
When did the holidays become an exercise in anxiety, tension mounting with each fa, la and la? Shopping stress. Baking stress. Light-stringing stress. Relatives. And that "Are you ready for Christmas?" thing. Hardly helping. But the year is winding down - shouldn't we take a cue? To that end, it seemed a good, scented rubdown couldn't hurt. I took on the not particularly arduous task of searching area spas for a moment or two of Zen, to see if a massage, scrub or perhaps a paraffin pedicure could straighten the star atop the tree and help the Hanukkah oil burn an extra night.
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by Richard Gorelick | December 6, 2012
The food offerings at the 41st annual lighting of Mount Vernon's Washington Monument on Thursday will be more diverse than ever, according to Michael Evitts of the Downtown Partnership, one of the event's organizers. Clustered in a holiday village in the west park of Mount Vernon Square, the vendors will be selling items that include sunchoke soup, fried Oreos, short ribs, tacos, sliders, scallops, falafel, crepes, gumbo and "more cider than you can shake a stick at," Evitts said.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2012
When Matt Baker decided to put on his first Valentine's Day Couples Adventure weekend at Savage Mill in 2010, he didn't factor in Snowmaggedon. The historic weather event that dumped more than 2 feet of snow in many parts of Maryland left Baker scrambling - and shoveling - to get ready. "What was I thinking? I was thinking, 'I'll never get this done,'" Baker recalled. "It took me three days to shovel out the course. " It didn't deter a hearty bunch of adventurous couples looking for what Baker, the CEO of Terrapin Adventures, calls "a nice change of pace instead of the traditional dinner and flowers.
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By John Houser III, Special To The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2011
While the weather forecast for Saturdays' Ravens game is in the high 40s - not exactly Green Bay territory - it can get chilly after being outside for a while. One of the best ways to keep the cold at bay is with a cup of spicy hot chocolate. Traditionally, hot chocolate is just a thicker version of chocolate milk. This version is rich and full of character, thanks to cinnamon, orange peel and chiles. Don't be afraid - it's not as spicy as you might think. There is a little bite at the end, but nothing that will make you breathe fire.
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By Lisa Gutierrez and Lisa Gutierrez,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | February 6, 2002
Weeks of cold, brisk winter days lie ahead, weather that just begs to be spent in the company of a hot toddy - with or without the alcohol. A hot toddy can be as simple as coffee with some sinful hot chocolate mix or as involved as a hot drink frothed in a blender. Hot Chocolate Makes 1 serving 12 ounces fine chocolate 1 teaspoon butter (not margarine) 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup half-and-half whipped cream mini marshmallows Melt the chocolate, butter and vanilla in a double boiler.
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by Richard Gorelick | December 6, 2012
The food offerings at the 41st annual lighting of Mount Vernon's Washington Monument on Thursday will be more diverse than ever, according to Michael Evitts of the Downtown Partnership, one of the event's organizers. Clustered in a holiday village in the west park of Mount Vernon Square, the vendors will be selling items that include sunchoke soup, fried Oreos, short ribs, tacos, sliders, scallops, falafel, crepes, gumbo and "more cider than you can shake a stick at," Evitts said.
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By ELIZABETH LARGE | February 3, 2010
When I asked for a guest Top 10 list to post while I was on vacation, I got this mouth-watering list of places to get hot chocolate from reader Catherinette Singleton. - EL Unless you've been in a coma for the past month you've probably noticed that the temperatures outside have been well below what they should be. Christmas and New Year's have come and gone; but, baby, it's still cold outside. ... There's only so much coffee and/or tea one can drink to keep warm. What's left?
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