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Just Add Chocolate

For National Cocoa Day we thought we might share some chocolate recipes from our staff—a recipe for chili from Polly Lasker, and some hot chocolate from Ninette Dean—both sure to warm you up.

Just add chocolate!

Elizabeth Periale


Crock Pot Chili

One lb. ground beef

One can diced tomatoes

One can tomato paste

Two cans kidney beans

One can beef broth

Half a bag of frozen onions & peppers

1/2 tablespoon salt

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon sugar

Black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, season-all salt, red pepper flakes to taste

One square of baker's chocolate

Water as needed

Brown the ground beef then throw everything in a crock pot.

Cook for a few hours.


Chocolat Chaud

This is one of the ways the French make it. Choose a premium chocolate for the best chocolat chaud.

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes


6 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped

¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons hot water, divided

3 cups hot milk

Sugar, to taste

Whipped cream

Chocolate curls


Using a double boiler or a heat-safe glass bowl over simmering water, melt the chopped chocolate into ¼ cup of the water. Stir in the 3 tablespoons hot water and milk until the chocolate mixture is smooth. Pour the hot chocolate into cups and add sugar as desired. Garnish each cup with a spoonful of whipped cream and a few chocolate curls.


Lyman Abbott, The House and Home: a practical book. Volume I, 1896. "An Electric Kitchen" from The Making of a Homemaker.

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