Monthly Archives: November 2012

Chocolate-Dipped Candies, and Geo. Abowd & Son, Confectioners

The last time my Uncle Tom saw his father before he died, he was at the stove. Grandpa (my Jiddo who did not want to be called Jiddo, but rather the all-American Grandpa) was in his mid-80’s, and …

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Technique: How to temper chocolate (and ourselves)

Here’s the thing about chocolate: it’s a little more complicated than it seems. The more I’ve come to understand it, the more I get that we two are kindred spirits.

My chocolate-making teacher, Chef Bob Hartwig at the French Pastry

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Ingredient: Chocolate, for dipping

If there is such a thing as the family chocolate, then ours has always been Hershey. It’s our version of a coat of arms. Hershey is what my grandfather liked and what he used in a business that has become …

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Favorite Things: A Tiered Plate Stand

Faster than you could say Happy Tha—, my mother had cleared away the pumpkins and leaves in favor of berries, reds and greens at her house. That includes the tiered sweets plate, a favorite piece from her set of Lenox …

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Happy Thanksgiving, a Postcard

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a

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