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Chocolate Truffle Coffee

Chocolate Truffle Coffee

This is a quick-fix coffee drink for any chocolate lover and, in my humble opinion, a bit better than your average mocha. The drink has a rich sounding name – Chocolate Truffle Coffee – but is anything but complex. All it involves is melting some chocolate truffles into hot coffee. Truffles have such a strong chocolate flavor that they are a great way to add ... Read More »

White Chocolate Mocha Bianca

White Chocolate Mocha Bianca

In Berkeley, this drink is know as a Mocha Bianca, and I’m willing to bet it’s one of the more popular coffee drinks enjoyed on and around the UC Berkeley campus. Outside of Berkeley, coffee chains and independent coffee shops alike tend to call this drink a White Chocolate Mocha. No matter what you call it, it’s a tasty and simple drink to make. A ... Read More »

Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee

I probably should have posted this back for St. Patrick’s Day, but I really don’t think that Irish coffee should only be a once-a-year treat. The drink is so tasty that, while it might be best for special occasions, it is certainly worthy of more than just a single holiday. Irish coffee is the label applied to hot coffee that is enhanced with a shot ... Read More »

Instant coffee for baking

medaglia d'oro instant espresso jar

I have two espresso machines (don’t ask why I have two – even I would say that you really only need one) and a regular drip coffee maker, so I have no shortage of caffeinated beverages in my kitchen. I still sometimes include instant coffee powder or instant espresso powder in my recipes, though, and am often asked why this is. Instant coffee powder is ... Read More »

Gingerbread Latte

gingerbread latte

I like to remake versions of my favorite coffee shop drinks at home when I can. It saves money, it’s easier than running out to pick one up at the coffeehouse and it allows me to play around with my options a little bit more than I could otherwise. In the past, I’ve done Mexican Spice Ice Blendeds, Pumpkin Spice Mochas and winter-spiced coffee. This ... Read More »

The perfect Cuppa

cuppa mugs

People have always gotten along just fine by “eyeballing” the amount of cream or milk that they add to their coffee. But why estimate when you can get your cup of coffee or tea just the way you like it every time without guessing? One solution is to emulate a few of the more precise coffee drinkers out there and measure the exact amount of milk ... Read More »

Mexican Spiced Ice Blended

I’ve done it before with tortes, cakes and cookies, and given the heat, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my Labor Day than lounging around with a refreshing, mexican-spiced ice blended drink. The drink is a simple mixture of coffee, milk, ice and a chocolate/spice blend, which includes sugar, cocoa, ground chocolate and small amounts of vanilla, ancho chile powder and almond. ... Read More »

Bailey’s Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate Crust

Bailey's Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate Crust

When I got a bottle of the new Bailey’s with a hint of Caramel Irish Cream Liqueur, I knew that I wanted to bake something with it even before I tasted it. I had two reasons for this. First, I don’t often have a full bottle of Bailey’s sitting around, so it seemed to provide ample resources for creativity. Second, while I like the taste ... Read More »

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