The word decadence doesn’t even begin to cover it when you bring Los Angeles food writers together for a meeting with the theme of “chocolate.”
Just in time for Valentine’s Day indulgences, Food Bloggers Los Angeles – the passionate group of talented home cooks, pro chefs and fanatical foodies – met to nosh and nibble their way through a collection of cacao-centric creations that included cakes, fudge, bread, cookies, brownies, truffles — even some chili with cocoa in it!
There were a few rogue non-chocolate dishes, too, which provided a welcome contrast.
Behold, our offerings for your February pleasure! Choose something from here for your family, friends and your own sweeties. Let’s take a look at the visual feast, and then the links to each recipe are below the array of photos. We even have affordable champagne recommendations for you.
We’re going to start with dessert, because in February, our motto is this:
Life is short. Eat dessert first!
Jude at Two Broads Abroad also made me a birthday cake! It was a wondrously light cinnamon sponge cake chock full of hazelnuts and chunks of Ibarra chocolate, layered with whipped ganache and masked in dark molding chocolate. And let me tell you, it rocked!
FBLA Chocolate Party 2014 Recipe and Resource Links
- Chocolate Petit Fours  — Christina Conte of Christina’s Cucina
- Chocolate Brownie Quick Bread  — Dorothy Reinhold of Shockingly Delicious
- Fair-Trade Chocolate Earthquake Cookies  — Alison Ashton at Nourish Network
- Mocha Truffle Bars  — Valentina of Cooking On The Weekends
- Pain au Chocolat and Cro-Nut Hearts  — Jude at Two Broads Abroad
- Vegan Nutella Fudge  — Alanna Waldron of Eat Real Food
- Chocolate Red Wine Tart — Nancy Buchanan of A Communal Table 
- Brownie Buttons  — Judy Weintraub of Bumbleberry Breeze
- Blood Orange-Champagne Creme Brûlée  — also from Valentina of Cooking on the Weekends
- Vintage Lemon Pudding Cake  — Leslie Macchiarella of Bake This Cake 
- Game Day Chili  — Erika Kerekes of In Erika’s Kitchen
- Tamales with Chocolate Mole Sauce  — Patricia Rose of Fresh Food in a Flash
- Amaretto Sauce/Dressing on Spinach-Berry Salad  — Ellen Rosentreter of Within My Means
- Deviled Eggs — Patti Londre from Worth the Whisk 
- Chinese New Year Slaw  — Nancy Eisman of Adventures with Nancy Rose
Champagne/Sparkling Wine Recommendations
- Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava ($7 “but tastes like $20+”) — Andrew Wilder of Eating Rules 
- NV Presto Prosecco Brut ($10-$12), a “price performer” — Alison Ashton of Nourish Network
- Brut Roederer Estate Mixed Vintage ($20) — Jennifer Daskevich of A Little Gourmet Everyday 
- Colbert Eco Brut (sugar-free organic sparkling wine; $25) — Caren Magill of The Fit Habit 
- Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvée ($10.99). “When serving mimosas there is no need to buy expensive bubbly, but naturally you don’t want to serve your guests headache-inducing sparkling wines or champagne either. The Brut Cuvée is Barefoot’s most traditional bubbly and tastes of green apple and jasmine with hints of kiwi and peach flavors which bubble up for a crisp finish and, in my opinion, make a delightful Mimosa,” said Priscilla Willis of She’s Cookin’ .