Who says we have to suffer...to live a healthy happy vibrant life?

Red wine and dark chocolate... might seem decadent...but these guilty pleasures also might help us live longer...and healthier lives. Red wine and dark chocolate definitely improve an evening..but they also contain resveratrol..which lowers blood sugar. Red wine is a great source of catechins..which boost protective HDL cholesterol. Green tea? Protects your brain..helps you live longer..and soothes your spirit.

Food for Thought, the blog, is about living the good life...a life we create with our thoughts and our choices...and having fun the whole while!

I say lets make the thoughts good ones..and let the choices be healthy...exciting...and delicious! Bon Appetit!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Talk about decadent...I know this is not everyday fare..but please try them, make them for your honey...

6 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
7 ounces semisweet chocolate, such as Green and Black, chopped
½ teaspoon Starbucks VIA instant coffee granules, 
   (or your favorite other brand...)
3 tablespoons Grand Marnier liqueur
2 tablespoons Agave nectar

Big beautiful long stemmed strawberries

Set up a double boiler type arrangement using a strong oven safe glass bowl set over (but not touching) simmering water.
Heat the cream and orange zest. Add the chocolate, coffee, Grand Marnier, and agave nectar and stir constantly until the chocolate is just melted and smooth. 

Keep the chocolate warm in a fondue pot or leave the glass bowl set over the simmering water. Serve the warm chocolate with a large plate of long-stemmed strawberries for dipping. You can dip pieces of pineapple, marshmallows, bananas...pound cake...fingers...

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