Bad Days and Chocolate Soufflés

Chocolate souffleEvery once in a while, a perfect shit storm plows into my day derailing my projects, knocking out my patience, and shutting down my ability to function. Today was one of those days. It was a day where I questioned everything and wondered why I wasn’t doing what I wanted to do. It was a day where chocolate was my version of smack.

On shit storm days the best thing for me to do is go home and bake. Chocolate soufflé sounded like a redemptive and restorative task. And for the record, I have NEVER made chocolate soufflé in my life. I don’t know why I was enamored by the idea today, but I just had to have it. I even listed “make chocolate soufflés” on my yearly bucket list of things I wanted to accomplish. Chocolate soufflé was going to turn my day around!

I used a modified version of Giada De Laurentiis’ Gianduja Soufflé recipe. I did not make the chocolate filling used in Giada’s recipe, instead opting for Ukrainian dark chocolate that I received as a gift. I also halved the recipe so I didn’t make too much.

How was it? Take a look. I’m still licking the ramekin. Chocolate really is a religious experience! Now, where’s the wine…Souffle Dessert

Happy New Year!

Let me first say, Happy 2013! I can’t believe a new year is already upon us.

After a busy holiday season we decided to have a quiet, romantic NYE at home complete with steak, lobster, brown butter risotto, and a nice 2002 Cakebread Merlot. It was such a wonderful wine that I wish I had another bottle to celebrate New Year’s Day!2 We decanted the bottle and it was perfectly smooth by dinner. I love that Cakebread wines are well-balanced and can be consumed alone or with food. The Merlot was a nice addition to the filet mignon and even the lobster. If you like brown butter and risotto, Giada De Laurentiis has an excellent recipe. I did not put the lobster in with the risotto, but it was just as good. I received one of her cookbooks for Christmas and I am looking forward to making many more of Giada’s recipes!

Unfortunately, we did not make it to midnight, but I was perfectly happy sharing good food and good wine with my honey 🙂 2012 was full of many great things for us, but  here’s to being healthier, happier, and discovering new adventures!

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