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American Chocolate Week Giveaway

March 20th – 26th has been designated American Chocolate Week!

Curvy Magazine and The National Confectioners Association’s Chocolate Council bring you an awesome way to celebrate…a chance to win a great chocolate gift basket similar to the one below.

What do you need to do to win? Simply share in the launch of the website TheStoryofChocolate.com by leaving a comment on this post to share your personal “story of chocolate,” whether it’s a memory, a favorite recipe, or perhaps how it fits into your life. Thats all! The author of the best comment will win the prize.

Contest ends at midnight EST on March 26th.

 

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  1. I love chocolate. But my most favorite chocolate memory isn’t my own, but I’m sure it is shared with others especially women and especially those who grew up watching the sitcom “I love Lucy”. Come on you all remember the episode where Lucy and Ethel trade places with Ricky and Fred. The guys stay home to clean house, while Lucy and Ethel go out to find jobs. After several tries the girls finally find jobs in a chocolate factory, packing the chocolates coming off the conveyor belt. I just love the way they first try to put the chocolates in their hats, then their blouses and also in their shirts when the conveyor belt speeds up. Can you imagine the mess? I bet they loved filming that episode, which also included the segment where Lucy and her co-worker get into a chocolate throwing/smearing contest. To top it off when they get home their husbands offer them boxes of chocolate as a peace offering, because they too had had a terrible time holding up their end of the bargain! By the way I love it when Fred comes in to show Ricky his “7 layers of delicious devil’s food chocolate cake” which is flat as a pancake and he tell’s Ricky “what do you mean where’s the icing? It’s inside the cake” This one episode is loaded with chocolate fun. It’s great to watch with your own favorite chocolate and your best friend too.

    One more of my favorite chocolate memories is my husband “in his never ending quest to please his wife” always brings me home some kind of special surprise to me when he comes home from work. Most of the time it is something chocolate. This really means so much to me as I have young onset parkinson’s disease and am unable to work nor leave the house much at all on my own. Don’t feel sorry, I want no sympathy here! I find that laughter is the best medicine and laughing at myself is the best – that and chocolate!

  2. I have a huge sweet tooth, and my favorite thing to do with chocolate is to cook with it – I have a passion for finding unique sweet savory combos that give you that bit of chocolate!

    Therefore I would love to share my favorite fun chocolate recipe, where you would not expect: short rib ragu

    3 tablespoons olive oil
    2 ounces chopped pancetta (about 1/2 cup)
    2 1/2 pounds short ribs
    Salt
    Freshly ground black pepper
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1 carrot, chopped
    1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
    2 cloves garlic
    1 (14-ounce) can tomatoes (whole or diced)
    1 tablespoon tomato paste
    1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
    1 teaspoon dried thyme
    1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    1 bay leaf
    2 1/2 cups beef broth
    3/4 cup red wine
    1 pound fresh or dried tagliatelle
    4 to 6 teaspoons shaved bittersweet chocolate

    Place the olive oil in a large heavy soup pot over medium heat. Cook the pancetta until golden and crisp, about 4 minutes. Meanwhile, season the short ribs with salt and pepper, and dredge in the flour. Using a slotted spoon, remove the pancetta from the pan and set aside. Add the short ribs to the pan and brown on all sides, about 7 minutes total.

    Meanwhile, combine the onion, carrot, parsley and garlic in a food processor and blend until finely minced. Then add the tomatoes and tomato paste and pulse.

    Once the short ribs are browned, carefully add the mixture from the food processor to the pot. Return the pancetta to the pot and stir. Add the rosemary, thyme, oregano, bay leaf, beef broth, and wine. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove the lid and simmer for another hour and a half, stirring occasionally. Remove the meat and bones from the pot. Discard the bones. Shred the meat and return it to the pot. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper, or to taste.

    Cook pasta and Add the pasta to the pot and stir to combine. Transfer to serving bowls, top each bowl with 1 teaspoon of chocolate shavings. Enjoy!

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