I’m looking over the shopping list for Tuesday’s Worldwide Book Launch Party and it seems to be a little bit chocolate-heavy.
By now, you DO know that there is a huge Twitter launch party for James Rollins’ new book, The Devil Colony, right? If not, click this link and read the post. Be sure to click on the links to the other sites too…it’s good times around the blogosphere this week.
So back to the massive amounts of coca bean products on the list… I know what you might be thinking: Jenny, you gotta lay off those party snacks…
But the truth is, I’m not the Chocolate Hound in this house!
(I know, I know…I’m an embarrassment to my gender…)
It’s not that I don’t get a yen for food that is bad for me. I dream of chips, angel food cake and pie (oh, glorious pie!) with the best of them. However, chocolate is something I can usually pass by. I promise to do a blog on why at a later time.
Nope, it’s my Honey who is the Chocoholic over here at our pad, hence THE LIST:
- Trader Joe’s – Half & Half, frozen foods, stock up on chocolate (those pimps at TJ’s have special chocolate by the check-out stand)
- Run by See’s for a 1 lb box (yep a POUND of Dark Chocolate Nuts & Chews is coming to our Launch Party)
- Costco – Milk, Steak, Veggies, Cheese, Chocolate Chips
- Ralph’s – M & M’s, Devil’s Food cake mix
I could go on but you get the picture. There is some healthy food buried in there but not all that much. And hey…did you catch that last bit of the Ralph’s list??? My honey put Devil’s Food on the Devil Colony Party shopping list!!
You do know what this means, right? He DOES listen to every word I say. Maybe that Nothing Box business isn’t as bad as it sounds. (See the bottom of yesterday’s post if you missed that joke.)
The Devil’s Food recipe is really easy by the way, if you’re in the mood to bake. I make these cookies every Christmas and they are scrumptiously chewy and gooey – they’d be a fabulous addition to your array of yummy snacks!
- 1 box Devil’s Food cake mix
- 2 eggs – slightly beaten
- 1 Tablespoon of water
- ½ cup of Crisco (usually I buy sticks)
- Beat all ingredients in a mixer. The dough becomes somewhat dense and easy to mold.
- Roll the dough into balls (maybe a little bigger than an inch around) – don’t plan to answer the phone or type…your hands will be a mess.
- Have a pan filled with powdered sugar nearby – roll all the balls in the powdered sugar
- Put each ball on a cookie sheet 2-3 inches apart
- Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes
- Press an M&M into the top of each cookie while it is still on the cookie sheet.
- Use a spatula to gently remove from the sheet to cool.
Hint: You want these cookies to still be soft enough that they will still scrunch up a bit when you use the spatula to remove them from your baking sheet.
Enjoy! I’m famous for my holiday baking so I promise, you are in for a special treat.
What food are you planning to make for your #DevilColony Launch Party? Do you have any easy recipes to share?
What is it about a party that compels us to throw the diet to the coyotes and dig into some YUMMY SNACKS? Maybe all that chattering and dancing and yelling across the room burns up all the calories we eat? I don’t know…what do you think?
Jenny, the recipe looks great! I wish I could join you guys on Tuesday, but I have a 2-day college orientation out of town with my oldest Tues/Wed. If I can sneak a peek at my computer (and get wifi), I’ll try to stop by to say hello!
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I love making a dark chocolate ganache frosting for cake and cupcakes. All ingredients should be at room temp when you start. Use 2 cups super dark high quality chocolate broken up in chunks. Add 1 Tbs butter to a sauce pan set on low- med heat. When butter starts to melt add 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 1 tsp vanilla. When the milk begins to scald add the chocolate and don’t stop stirring until it is melted completely (for thicker, fudgey frosting add 1/2 cup more chocolate at this point). Place in pan of ice water to cool and thicken. Then poor over your favorite cake and chill until its time to serve.
This recipe can be adapted to most food allergies. Use coconut cream instead of heavy whipping cream and lower heat for dairy allergies. Use vegan chocolate and vegan margarine instead of regular. I’ve seen this recipe done with sweetened condensed goats milk, regular sour cream or butter milk for a unique twist. If you like salty and sweet combinations stir in sea salt when you are cooling the frosting. For a spicy bite, mix in 1/4tsp Mexican chilli powder when you add the chocolate to the scalding milk.
This frosting can be flavored anyway you want. Instead of vanilla try 1/8-1/4 tsp coffee, orange, mint or lavender extracts. It will keep your guests guessing about that delicate undertone of flavor.
Good luck… and add your own favorite twist we’d love to hear about it.
Ganache = edible crack….YUM.
Oh my goodness. You all need to stop. I’m trying to diet here. It all sounds delish. And Jenny? I’m surprised you don’t know this but party food doesn’t count toward calories or carbs or anything you can count. Now you know and can chow down without a care. Lol.
See why I need my tweeps? Now I get to eat whatever I want on Tuesday. I’ll do the blog on how to lose weight l-a-a-a-t-er. 🙂
I loved your blog on James Rollins, BTW. Everyone go see Angela’s fun story!
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