Hot Mole


No disrespect to love, but chocolate is my favorite part of Valentine’s Day. Public displays of romance are awkward. And chocolate is much less complicated. 

The Thickest Cocoa

Yolked cocoa poured over stiff whites, ready for the spoon   Whole Egg Chocolate     He stared at his hot chocolate like it held the secret to the universe – Lilith Saintcrow Blood is really warm It’s like drinking hot chocolate but with more screaming – Ryan Mecum  …

Cocoa Power


In the middle of the night, partway through a cross-country drive, I unfolded myself from the driver’s seat at another random gas station. Someone special was waiting at the east end of Interstate 90, but the rig and I both needed fuel. 

Chocolate Beet Bar Bliss

beets, cocoa

Nobody will guess these bars have not only beets, but carrots. The amount of sugar you add is totally subjective. Taste the batter and decide-before adding the eggs, if you’re squeamish.  It will probably taste sweeter than you expected, thanks to the beet and carrot, but perhaps you’ll want it sweeter still.

Cuckoo for Cocoa Nog


When the weather turns cold, hot cocoa is everyone’s friend. It plays well with others, and offers something for everyone. At work, mix it with coffee for more working power. At play, mix it with booze for more playing power. During the holidays, mix with eggnog for more holiday power.