Complete Chocolate Lover’s Guide for the San Francisco Bay Area

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It’s not just us who considers chocolate a staple


According to a new book, chocolate belongs in your pantry

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I got some good chocolate news in my morning paper: a review of a new cookbook and a recipe.

In Cook this, not that by Natalie Haughton, Los Angeles Daily News, a review of “Cook This, Not That! Kitchen Survival Guide,” by David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding, Natalie lists the five pantry basics recommended in the book: dark chocolate (at least 60 percent cacao), canola oil, peanut butter, organic buttermilk dressing and organic quinoa.

I haven’t read the book, but any book that recommends 2 of my favorite foods as pantry staples is one I plan to check out.

Good mood food

In Comfort foods to brighten ‘Blue Monday’ by Allison Arevalo, Bay Area News Group, Allison suggests a simple recipe for starting the week happy: Chocolate Coconut Pancakes.

Even a non-cook like me is tempted by its simplicity and use of chocolate: Into a batter of one cup of flour, one teaspoon baking powder, one egg and one cup coconut milk, stir in a half cup of dark chocolate chips.

Alas, this surpasses my 3-ingredient limit for cooking, so I’ll have to persuade the resident chef (aka my husband) to make these one dark dreary morning soon.

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Published January 21, 2010