Monday, November 19, 2007

ChocoMochaLatte Soup at the Prudential Center

Happy Holidays! I love this season that starts with gratitude and continues for weeks on end with delicious celebrations. The gifts of time spent with friends and family are my favorite ways to enjoy the holiday spirit.
We went to Boston last weekend and spent Saturday at the Prudential Center Barnes and Noble store, signing a few books and sharing gallons of warm, silky ChocoMochaLatte Soup. It is the perfect liquid chocolate ending to a wonderful meal. I have to mention how the folks at Barnes and Noble were so kind and accommodating to us. It was delightful to be in the busy store and find smiling faces all around. Kudos to the staff!! Rachel Ray was there in the afternoon signing copies of her new book. We were able to stop by and say hello. I offered her copies of Fresh Maine Salads and Superb Maine Soups. It was fun to hear her say-" So you're the one with the chocolate soup everyone is talking about!" Best of luck to her in her culinary ventures.
Randy Smith- the photographer for Fresh Maine Salads and Superb Maine Soups and Charles from Nutmeg Foods were also in attendance to sign and sample.
Charles and his wife Victoria have developed a wonderful line of chocolates from their shop in Portland, Maine. Their chocolate caviar is the perfect garnish for this rich soup.

ChocoMochaLatte Soup
A strong coffee infused cream embraces the dark sweet chocolate in this soup. Find amazing chocolates at Nutmeg Foods.
2 cups heavy cream
4 Tablespoons freshly ground espresso beans
2 cups dark chocolate bits
2 ounces chopped unsweetened chocolate
2 Tablespoons heavy cream for garnish
chocolate covered espresso beans
In a small saucepan heat the ground espresso and heavy cream until bubbles form around the edge of the pan. Remove from heat. Pour through a fine mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter into a clean small saucepan. Whisk in the chocolates. Stir until melted. Serve warm.
Garnish with chocolate covered espresso beans or chocolate caviar and drops of heavy cream floated atop the soup. If you place a drop of cream and gently drag a toothpick through the entire drop, (right through the middle) it will form a pretty heart.

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