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Wednesday, January 27, 2010


This is for my dear friend Jo Carpenter, who ran off to Oregon and has not yet come back. Can't say as I blame her, she seems to be having the time of her life there. Beautiful, beautiful, country to do it in too. Take a thermos full of this heavenly concoction with you Jo next time you hike and take me with you in your mind. I love you.

3 oz. sweet chocolate-broken into small pieces
3/4 cup boiling water
6 cups milk (1 1/2 qts.)
3 rounded tablespoons freeze-dried coffee crystals or 5 tablespoons (that's a tablespoon shy of 1/3 cup) very strong, fresh brewed coffee
2 cinnamon sticks-broken in several pieces
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
pinch of salt
sprinkle of nutmeg to garnish

Place the chocolate and boiling water in a small heavy saucepan. Cook over LOW heat, stirring, until the chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. In a larger saucepan, put a scald on the milk with the coffee and cinnamon. Add the chocolate mixture, blending well, and season with vanilla and salt. Remove the cinnamon sticks, and beat with a rotary beater until foamy. Pour into small mugs and dust lightly with nutmeg. (Jo-skip the foaming part if you're carrying it in a thermos-just to be safe. Use the foam method when serving at home.)
Serves 8

"Researchers have discovered that chocolate produces some of the same reactions in the brain as marijuana..The researchers also discovered other similarities between the two, but can't remember what they are."-Matt Lauer on NBC's Today Show

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