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    November 27, 2014

    Chocolate and Charity: Cacao & Cardamom and the Chester Pitts Foundation

    Sometimes when people are trying to do something good, challenges arise. Such was the case when Cacao & Cardamom at 5000 Westheimer joined forces with former Houston Texan Chester Pitts last week to host a group of kids, show them how chocolates are made and sell chocolates to raise money for the fo ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    Baker Spotlight: Annie Rupani, Chocolatier and Owner of Cacao & Cardamom

    Annie Rupani makes some of the most beautiful chocolates you have ever seen; each creation is like a work of art. After graduating from Boston University with a degree in Anthropology and Religion, she set her sights on becoming a lawyer. And like every person studying for the LSATs, she found ways ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    The 10 Best Places for Desserts in Houston

    Sometimes you just want something sweet and when you get that sugar craving, you have to satisfy it right then and there. Baking cookies or brownies takes too long and that small piece of chocolate you have in your pantry just won't do it for you. But, there are multiple places around town serving u ... More >>

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    July 15, 2014

    5 Best Chocolate Ice Cream Flavor Variations To Try

    What's better than chocolate ice cream? [For the love of god, don't say "vanilla ice cream."] Chocolate ice cream mixed with other goodies! If you're looking for a little crunchy, chewy, salty, or sweet variation in your cocoa creams, check out these five flavors: 5. Double Fudge Brownie (Dreyer's) ... More >>

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    May 8, 2014

    Where to Eat on Mother's Day 2014 in Houston

    Take your mother out this year.

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    May 5, 2014

    Taste Testing Black Bean Brownies; Yes, We Said Black Bean

    You guys, I made flourless brownies. And you'll never guess what has replaced the flour. Okay well, it's clearly in the title so you'll probably guess, but can you believe it? BLACK BEANS! How gross, I mean good, does that sound? I'll admit, I was supremely skeptical when I first saw these recipes ... More >>

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    May 5, 2014

    10 Best Things to Buy at Mercantile in Houston

    Take one step inside Mercantile in Rice Village, or in the new location in Montrose, and you realize it's more than just a coffee shop. Mercantile, as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary is an adjective describing something that is "of or relating to the business of buying and selling products to ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014

    Where to Eat on Mother's Day 2014 in Houston

    It feels like just yesterday we were rounding up the places to eat on Easter. Now, it's time to help you decide where to take Mom out on her special day. A multitude of Houston restaurants are opening up their doors on Sunday, May 11, to serve brunch, lunch and/or dinner. So be a planner and make re ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 10, 2014

    Where to Eat in Houston for Easter 2014

    Your guide to holiday meals.

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    April 2, 2014

    Where to Eat on Easter Day (2014)

    Some of you may be wondering, "When is Easter?" And I bet those of you who gave something up for Lent know exactly when Easter is (you've been counting down the days). Well, this special holiday is Sunday, April 20, and the best way to celebrate any weekend holiday is with brunch, no?. Many restaur ... More >>

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    April 1, 2014

    Chamak Chocolates Takes Edible Art to a New Level

    It's rare that I describe something as "too pretty to eat," and I have to admit, when I do, I'm usually exaggerating, especially if I'm talking about anything sweet. My hunger for chocolate, candy, and baked goods is so rapacious, I really can't be satisfied with merely admiring a dessert. Consumpti ... More >>

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    March 11, 2014

    Top 5 Pepperidge Farm Cookie Varieties

    I grew up eating Pepperidge Farm cookies, not so much because my mother couldn't bake (believe me, she made a mean chocolate chip and walnut cookie), but rather because I think she liked to use the brand's system of naming baked goods after European regions and urban centers as a means of expanding ... More >>

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    March 7, 2014

    Pillsbury's Chocolatier Collection: Bake This

    They had me at chocolatier. I don't know what exactly this word means (and something tells me neither does Pillsbury), but I like to imagine it's the chocolate version of an atelier. The master artist of this cookshop is, of course, the Doughboy, who presides over various apprentices as they hone t ... More >>

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    February 10, 2014

    Top 5 Chocolates in a Russell Stover Valentine's Day Mixed Box

    Ah, the heart-shaped box o' chocolates: a Valentine's Day tradition that's so cliché it's cool again (at least that's the rumor I'm starting). With so many different confections inside, it's hard to know just what to focus on during your V-Day binge. Here are the five standout chocolates in that mi ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 6, 2014

    Where to Eat on Valentine's Day

    FYI, it's on a Friday.

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    January 31, 2014

    Five Ways to Eat Chocolate for Breakfast

    In honor of February, Valentine's Day, and what is basically (for us at least) a month of unashamedly consuming chocolate, we're bringing you five delicious chocolate recipes that are completely acceptable as your first meal of the day. From chewy oatmeal bars to cocoa-punched pancakes, here are Fi ... More >>

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    January 31, 2014

    Planning Ahead: Top 5 Special Edition Valentine's Day Candies

    As a control freak proponent for celebratory compartmentalization, I always get annoyed when corporations want to combine holidays for the sake of marketing purposes, or worse yet, glaze over one festive date in favor of promoting another. This tug-of-war happens frequently between Valentine's Day ... More >>

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    January 28, 2014

    Top 5 Valentine's Day Gifts Available Online for Foodies

    Don't be that guy (or girl) charging through CVS on February 14 in search of a giant heart-shaped chocolate box. If Valentine's Day is important to you, or rather, if Valentine's is important to your partner, act early and order one of these gifts. You'll get extra points for planning ahead, I promi ... More >>

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    January 23, 2014

    Where to Eat on Saint Valentine's Day 2014: FYI, It's On A Friday

    This year, Valentine's Day is on a Friday. In other words, everyone will be vying for a reservation at one of the many Houston restaurants offering a special meal on the day of romance. Don't be that guy or gal who forgets to make a reservation in advance, especially if your special someone is expec ... More >>

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    January 22, 2014

    Hershey's Debuts New Chocolate Spreads; Should Nutella Be Worried?

    Always ready to help you incorporate more chocolate into your life, Hershey's has introduced a new line of spreads in the flavors of Chocolate, Chocolate with Hazelnut, and Chocolate with Almond. Advertisements seem to suggest putting the spreads on toast and fruit slices is the proper thing to do, ... More >>

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    January 13, 2014

    Recipe: Make Your Own Adults-Only Hot Cocoa

    Baby, it's cold outside. Just because we were not victims of the polar vortex doesn't mean we don't deserve a wintery liquid treat to help us cope with the sub-sixty degree temperatures. Hot chocolate or cocoa is the classic choice and there are certainly plenty of good options in Houston. (And th ... More >>

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    January 10, 2014

    Knock-Knock! Who's There? Girl Scouts! Cookie Season Is Back With Two New Flavors

    So, you're probably well into your New Year's resolution of giving up sweets or eating healthier. After the past few months of indulging in Christmas cookies, holiday dinners and endless amounts of booze, the last thing you need is more sugary food. Unfortunately, you're going to have to put that di ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    Here Are Five Pumpkin Recipes Pinterest Told Me To Make (Not All of Them Are Good)

    During the holidays, Pinterest is my go-to recipe index. You can always find a plethora of dishes to cook for any meal or party, or to give as gifts to friends, family and neighbors. One simple search on the Food & Drink section of Pinterest will turn up an overwhelming number of pumpkin recipes, a ... More >>

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    September 19, 2013

    Sweet Meets Savory: Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Popcorn

    About two weeks ago, HEB ran a special on Oreos, offering $3 off if you bought three packages ($2.99 each). Of course, in my mind, six bucks for three different types of Oreos seemed like an incredible deal. And it was, sort of, because it enabled me to make Oreo fudge, Oreo cupcakes, and multiple O ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013
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    August 29, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes No. 90: Uncle Daryl's Cake at The Chocolate Bar

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a list of the 100 dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of her person ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013

    Top 5 Houston Desserts For Chocolate-Lovers

    5. Belgian Chocolate Milkshake (Amy's Ice Creams). Here are some famous last words: "I'll just get a milkshake." That's what I said one night when a bunch of friends and I stopped for some dessert at Amy's. We had just finished dining at Chuy's, where I ate my weight in chimichangas and I was feel ... More >>

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    August 6, 2013

    Recipes With Cereal: Fiber One Original Cereal Chocolate-Peanut Butter Haystacks

    Cereal is awesome. Period. End of story. Not only is it the perfect meal for breakfast (or dinner), but it is a great ingredient to use for snacks, desserts and some savory dishes. Anytime I have cereal, I always like to read the back of the box, looking for recipes or interesting ways to use the c ... More >>

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    June 27, 2013

    Top 5 Trader Joe's Desserts

    Houston Trader Joe's may be running low on Speculoos Cookie Butter, but there are plenty of other sweet treats available in abundance. Although desserts are one category of foods that I actually enjoy making myself from scratch, there are some too tempting to pass up at TJ's. Here are my five favo ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Is Houston's Next Great Chocolate Chip Cookie At H-E-B?

    The short answer: I think so. I've spent a lot of time researching Houston's chocolate chip cookies, especially, my personal favorite, the chewy variety. Tiny Boxwood's vends some damn good chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven and Zoe's Kitchen , believe it or not, sells some incredible bu ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    Top 5 Special Edition Easter Candies

    Like candy? Easter should be your second favorite day of the year (after Halloween) given the plethora of special and/or limited edition confections that emerge in celebration of the holiday. Last October I scoured the shelves for the best varieties for All Hallow's Eve, I've done the same this Marc ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013

    Top 5 Homemade Easter Basket Treats

    It's hard to believe that Easter will be here in less than two weeks. With the holiday arriving a lot sooner than it did the previous year, there seems to be quite a rush to find the perfect treats to place in your children's (or spouse's) Easter baskets. Choices range from colorful Peeps and giant ... More >>

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    February 15, 2013

    How To: Low-Calorie & Low-Fat Ice Cream

    I absolutely love ice cream, whether it's in a cone, in a giant bowl or topped with chocolate syrup, sprinkles and whipped cream. But, as we all know, on a health standard, ice cream is not exactly the best thing to eat. It has lots of sugar, fat and carbohydrates, but there's a way you can get the ... More >>

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    February 12, 2013

    Know What You're Getting in This Box of Chocolates: A 12-Ounce Whitman's Sampler, Analyzed

    Forrest Gump wasn't quite right. Life isn't like a box of chocolates when that box is a twelve-ounce Whitman's Sampler because you pretty much always know what you're gonna get. Although the sampler is billed as a group of "assortment," this confection collection inevitably includes, for better ... More >>

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    February 8, 2013

    Top 5 Valentine's Treats for Kids Other Than Chocolate

    Each Valentine's Day, my parents always got my brother and me heart-shaped boxes filled with a variety of chocolates. Getting sweets on Valentine's Day makes every kid a happy camper. But, this Valentine's Day, spice things up with a few homemade treats your kids will absolutely love. Chocolate is ... More >>

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    January 31, 2013

    A Month of Chocolate: 28 Ways to Indulge

    We did it last year and this year, we're doing it again. It's almost February, which means in addition to fleeting resolutions, it's all about the chocolate baby. From Bacon & Chocolate Waffles to a piping cold cup of Frozen Hot Chocolate, here are 28 Ways to Indulge: Friday, February 1: Head to ... More >>

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    January 2, 2013

    Layered Cakes: Not Exactly a Piece of Cake

    This Christmas I took on a task I have never attempted before. That task was making a layered cake. Four layers of chocolate cake with two layers of a cream and ganache between each cake round. Why would I take on such a daunting project, you ask? Well, I have a problem. I see a recipe and if it lo ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    5 Stocking Stuffers for the Foodies in Your Family

    I don't know about you, but stocking stuffers are always last-minute gifts. It seems like we all forget about those little things until a few days before Christmas. But, if you've got a few foodies in your family, here are the perfect stocking stuffers to satisfy their love for cooking, wine or foo ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012

    What's Cooking on Pinterest? Nutella-Stuffed Brown Butter & Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Christmas season is finally officially here. That means baking cookies just because you feel like it is completely appropriate. The food & beverage section of Pinterest offers an overwhelming amount of sweets and treats for this holiday season. Out of all the delicious and mouthwatering desserts I ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    60-Second Brownies...In a Mug

    Oh my gosh, you guys -- I just discovered the best thing ever. I really don't know how I've gone this long without it. It's fast, it's easy, it's delicious... It's microwaved mug brownies. Yes, I made a the microwave. See also: What's Cooking on Pinterest? Nutella Mug Cake ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    Top 5 Ways to Use Halloween Candy

    Let's face it, eating Halloween candy plain can get old really fast. Sure, we all love the variety in miniature chocolate bars, the fun size packs of M&Ms and Skittles or the endless amounts of candy corn, but sometimes we need to spice things up a bit. Here's my top five list of ways to use your H ... More >>

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    September 11, 2012

    What's Cooking on Pinterest? Pumpkin Granola Bars

    Because we can now purchase Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Starbucks, it is now fall. Yes, I let Starbucks determine what season it is. No judging. In honor of the start of fall, this week, I looked for a pumpkin recipe on Pinterest. With options ranging from pumpkin fudge to pumpkin pie French Toast, I d ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012

    Pancakes vs. French Toast: What's for Breakfast?

    When it comes to breakfast, everyone always has a preference, especially when it comes to deciding between pancakes and French toast. I am definitely on team pancakes. Sorry, French toast, but pancakes have stolen my heart. The light and fluffy cakes have endless possibilities that French toast ca ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012

    Is There a Chocolate Factory in Houston's Future?

    Tejas Chocolate is a young company. Scott Moore, Jr. and his partner Michelle Holland started making chocolate from scratch and working with cacao beans in 2010, and Tejas Chocolate began in earnest in 2011. Scott and Michelle are still working their day jobs running a railroad supply company, while ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Ingredient of the Week: Dark Chocolate

    First, a quick and dirty lesson on the varieties of chocolate: Unsweetened chocolate is all cacao and no sugar, making it incredibly bitter. It is also known as baking chocolate and is usually found in the baking aisle of grocery stores in the forms of blocks or bars. The sugar is added separat ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    A Month of Chocolate: 29 Ways to Indulge

    In January, we brought you a Month of Oatmeal in honor of National Oatmeal Month. That was nice and all, but February's here. And in February, it's all about the chocolate baby. From complimentary s'mores at a poolside bar to a Snickers beignet (is this real life?), here are 29 ways to indulge: Wed ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Top 5 Chocolate-Peanut Butter Desserts To Try in Houston

    For many dessert fiends, there's no sweeter marriage than peanut butter and chocolate. These days, however, it's hard to find restaurants and bakeries that serve this delectable combination. I'm not sure about the reason for this backlash, though I suspect it has something to do with the increasing ... More >>

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    December 26, 2011

    Holiday Classics: The Chocolate Truffle

    Photo by Rev StanWant. Need. Must. Have.​Each week this month, we've featured some holiday cookie classics on Eating Our Words in honor of the season. With Santa and Hanukkah Harry fully bribed by our delicious treats, it's time we whip out the big guns: New Year's Eve's Chocolate Truffles. ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    The Semantics of Heated Chocolate Beverages

    Or, "Does Differentiating Between Hot Chocolate and Hot Cocoa Make You An Inveterate Douchebag?" I hope not, because now I feel compelled to. Up until a year ago, I used the terms "hot chocolate" and "hot cocoa" interchangeably. Then, one day while reading my friend Carolyn's ridiculously cute blo ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Top 5 Comfort Foods for When We're Stressed

    I want to be clear. This is a list of comfort foods that make me feel warm and fuzzy instead of stressed and anxious. This is not a health expert's list of top foods you are supposed to eat to help fight stress. In fact, some web perusing confirmed my suspicion that several of my top contenders are, ... More >>

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