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Fondue BarFor the first time since my childhood, last Friday night I experienced a sugar high.  A full-on, all-is-right-with-the-world, drunk-like-shots-of-whiskey sugar high.

Thanks Amore Chocolate Pizzas.  The 10 pounds I put on was totally worth it.  And I totally mean that.

Chocolate Fondue Is Awesome

It all started with a fairly innocent email.  Amore was having an exhibit of photographs from a local gallery and then the email urged me to join them for Saturday night fondue.

“You like fondue don’t you, Mrs. WellDone?” I asked Mrs. WellDone.

And that pretty much sealed our fate for what we did last Saturday.  And perhaps for many, many Saturdays (and Fridays) to come.  Why you may ask?  You see that big long long line of things in the picture over there?  That’s two types of cookies, graham crackers, pound cake, angel food cake, black berries, pineapple, strawberries, pretzels, cornflakes, and probably one or two things that have been lost in a sugar induced haze.  Next to all that are four types of chocolate: milk, dark, spicy, and white.  And the price is ridiculous.

Fourth PlateAnd it’s all you can eat.  See that plate over there (the one without fruit?  That’s my fourth plate.)

All I can say is thank God I only put on 10 pounds.  It could have been much, much worse.

Oh, and like I said, all of this can be yours every Friday and Saturday night.  Friday night, apparently, is board game night.  They have lots of games in-house (including Family Guy Monopoly…Giggity! and a very nice wooden chess set.)  Saturday night is live music.  Last Saturday featured a good dulcimer player who managed to do a very serviceable tribute to modern pop.

Or you can do that what we did and cheat.  They have the board games out on Saturdays so you can listen to live music and teach your son how to play chess.  It’s like combining say milk chocolate and white chocolate together, except this is combining two special nights at Amore.  Still with me?

Oh, off to the right is the fruit plate I assembled when I decided I have some vitamins with my sugar.Fruit Plate  Make no mistake about it, there’s still plenty of chocolate to go along with the fruit, but at least I got some nutritional value.

Did I mention that we hadn’t had dinner before we went?

More Than Fondue: More About Amore

Amore is more than just killer fondue on Fridays and Saturdays.  They also sell a variety of chocolate dishes including mochas, hot chocolates, chocolate spoons, chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate Samplerpretzels, and everything you see in the sampler platter over there which owner Chris Cook graciously gave me.  (That would be chocolate nachos, gingerbread and chocolate stackers, chocolate pie with coconut crust, and German chocolate cake. 

Yes, that’s right, chocolate nachos.  That would be nacho chips with chocolate sauce, peanut butter, candied fruit, and homemade whipped cream. 

No, I didn’t think I’d like them either.

Yes, I ate them all.)

Still, what Amore is really famous for is their chocolate pizzas which bare absolutely no relationship to the dessert pizzas you get at some pizza buffets (that’s what I thought at first.)  Chocolate pizzas are basically layers of chocolate that have been tempered like a candy bar to form a pizza crust and then the pizza is topped with various gourmet toppings like peanut butter, coconut, marshmallows, toffee, etc.  (See the full list on the Amore product page.)

If you want an idea of what they taste like, take a chocolate bar, throw some marshmallows and chocolate sauce on it and eat it.  That’s a good start, but the stuff at Amore probably is better that that.  They use really good chocolate.  Seriously.

In summary, if you are in the KC area, go to Amore for dessert, fondue, or a chocolate-pick-me-up.  If you are out of town…inquire about shipping!

Have your own sugar high.  Then call your trainer.  You’re going to need him/her very, quickly.

Chocolate.  Chocolate is the force that brings us together tonight for the #gno Tweetup on Twitter.  The topic is supposed to be Love and Chocolate, though most of the questions I have gotten so far seem to center around just the chocolate.  Love, it appears, has no place in Valentine’s Day.

Chocolate

So, to honor tonight’s extra-chocolatey, somewhat love-y Tweetup, I have decided to compile some of my favorite chocolate dishes into one list, complete with recipes.  Most of these recipes aren’t mine (again, dessert cooking + me = BAD consequences) but I think you’ll enjoy them nonetheless.

Oh, and I had to add a little chocolate food porn.  Because first you eat the chocolate with your eyes and then with your mouth.  Enjoy!

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Hello gentle reader,

I wanted to let you all know that I will be the guest host on the Girl’s Night Out (aka #gno) the Top Trending Tuesday Night Topic on Twitter.  On this fine Twitter party I will be discussion love and chocolate, two topics I know at least something about.

Check out GNO at http://mommygossip-gno.blogspot.com/ and RSVP.  I hope to see you there!

Are you as sad as I am?  It’s over: the dessert week of unResolution month is over and very soon unResolution month itself will be ended.  But if we’re going to go out, we’re going to go out with a bang.  That’s why tonight were going to explore the wonderful deliciousness of

Chocolate Cheesecake

I love cheesecake.  I absolutely adore pretty much everything about cheesecake except that there is not an infinite amount of cheesecake.  And there’s no real good way to do cheesecake low cal.  But that’s only something that is going to bother me after unResolution month is over.

I first made chocolate cheesecake for my wife around Thanksgiving.  She, too, loves cheesecake and she is the big chocolate fan of house.  However, around Thanksgiving, I love to make pumpkin cheesecake, which she absolutely despises.  So I make her chocolate cheesecake and I don’t have to share my pumpkin cheesecake with her.  Yay me!

Anyway, let’s get to the recipe:

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Dove ChocolateHappy Friday!  It’s kind of hard to believe there’s only one more Friday left after this one in unResolution month, isn’t it?!  Seems like just yesterday we were eating cheesy gnocchi and deep fried vegan sushi.  Well with time short, let’s not waste a minute more getting to our next dessert.

Almonds and Chocolate

So when Kathy first suggested this dessert, I knew there was something delicious in its simplicity.  As far as chef’s desserts go, there’s nothing simpler than adding chocolate and almonds and chowing down.  In fact, as your making this recipe, I suggest you take a square of chocolate, add a couple almonds and insert into mouth.  Mmm…

However, I wanted to do something a bit more unResolution-y and so I got to thinking about ways to deliver the almonds and the chocolate.  My first thought was that I wanted to add a little marshmallow to my chocolate and almonds and make smores.  But that’s too simple, so then I started thinking crepes instead of graham crackers.

So in order to most deliciously snack on your chocolate and almonds, let’s make

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