Recently, two members of The Crew – namely JR and Cece – helped me create the "Chocolate Baking Day!" I claimed that the event would benefit both Husband-cat's burgeoning baking abilities and my cacao-loving belly, but my secret agenda was to diminish my supply of high-grade baking chocolate. What? Doesn't everyone have five pounds of baking chocolate sitting around in their special-purpose chocolate fridge?
Setting up the event was ridiculously complicated. It took fewer emails to launch the last space mission than it did for us to set a date and time. My e-mail inbox quintupled over the span of a week. It was an astonishing amount of management for what was essentially a four-hour hang-out/baking event. I blame Blackberry: no one can reference previous e-mails on those tiny-ass screens, so smartphone users are constantly losing the thread of the conversation. Since I refuse to succumb to these new-fangled online phones, this makes me crazy.
After what seemed like the thousandth maddening email, I got so hormonal that I went online and bought a box of chocs and bars from a new high-end California chocolatier (more on that later). It seemed like a great way to calm my nerves at the time, but of course I can't eat it because now we have ten pounds of brownie to go through. I guess I'll just have to stick the uneaten chocolate in my chocolate fridge... right where all that baking chocolate used to be!
|Why yes, this recipe does call for 1.5lbs of chocolate why do you ask?|