Saturday, December 20, 2014

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Chocolate-Dipped Brownie Bites Recipe


  • 3/4
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • tablespoons water
  • cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • teaspoon vanilla extract
  • eggs
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • tablespoons shortening
  • red and green M&M's or red and green gumdrops or melted white chocolate chips or other Christmas candies or candy sprinkles
  • Directions:

    1. 1
      For Brownies: In a saucepan, bring the sugar, butter and water to a boil over medium heat; remove from the heat.
    2. 2
      Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips and vanilla; stir until smooth. Cool for 5 minutes.
    3. 3
      Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
    4. 4
      Combine flour, salt and baking soda; stir into chocolate mixture. Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips.
    5. 5
      Pour into a greased 9-inch square baking pan. Bake at 325°F for 35 minutes or until set.
    6. 6
      Cool completely. Place in the freezer for 30-40 minutes (do not freeze completely). Cut into squares.
    7. 7
      For Coating: In a heavy saucepan or microwave, melt remaining chips with shortening; stir until smooth.
    8. 8
      Using a small plastic fork with two middle tines broken off, dip brownies to completely coat; shake off excess.
    9. 9
      Place brownies on waxed paper-lined baking sheets; immediately decorate with M&M's or other toppings as desired or drizzle with melted baking chips.
    10. 10
      Let stand until set. Store in a sealed container in a cool place.

Chocolate Cherry Creams Recipe


  • cup
     semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherry, well drained
  • 1 1/4 cups coconut or 1 1/4 cups chopped nuts
  • Directions:

    1. 1
      Melt chocolate and milk over low heat.
    2. 2
      Remove from heat.
    3. 3
      Stir in powdered sugar, nuts and cherries, mix well.
    4. 4
      Chill until cool enough to handle.
    5. 5
      Shape into 1-inch balls and roll in nuts or coconut.
    6. 6
      Chill at least 4 hours.
    7. 7
      Keep chilled.

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Fudge Candy Recipe


  • 1
     (12 ounce)
     package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • cup chunky peanut butter
  • cups mini marshmallows


  1. 1
    Melt chocolate and peanut butter together in saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth.
  2. 2
    Fold in marshmallows.
  3. 3
    Pour into greased 9 inch square pan.
  4. 4
    Chill until firm.
  5. 5
    Cut into squares.

Friday, December 19, 2014

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Movie Review: Into The Woods

One of my favorite musicals is coming to the big screen in a major way. The musical adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Into The Woods opens in theaters on Christmas Day.

There have been several false starts by other directors, but this time, Director Rob Marshall is the right person to bring this musical to life on film. After all, Marshall was the director of the Best Picture Oscar winner Chicago, the last musical to bring home the Academy's top prize.
Right from the opening number, which sets up the tale of why all of our characters are venturing forth Into The Woods, we are off on an epic journey.

The musical follows the classic fairy tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and The Beanstalk and Rapunzel all weaved together with an original tale of a baker and his wife who are trying to have a child and a witch who has placed a curse on them.
Many times when a musical comes to the screen, the director chooses to space the songs and scenes differently than the stage blocking and that takes away from the story's stage roots. For instance, instead of allowing a character to sing their solo, the director has that character move around in the world around them, Or instead of having what amounts to a wide shot like on the stage, the director uses the close-up for the film. But Marshall knows when to let the big songs just break free and when to focus on the drama. This allows for a great transition between the darkness of the story as well as the magic.
The movie is superbly acted and moves along swiftly. If a film deserves a win for best ensemble it is this film. This cast supports one another. If there is a lead, then it is James Corden, who plays the Baker, along with his wife, who is played to perfection by Emily Blunt. Meryl Streep is a shoe-in for her 19th Oscar nomination, but this time for a supporting role as the witch. Chris Pine and Anna Kendrick are solid here as well. I had no idea that Chris Pine can sing! Plus, you will fall in love with Lillia Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood and Daniel Huttlestone who plays Jack. Johnny Depp is the wolf, but is only in the movie for a few minutes, but he does sing one of the darkest songs in the entire musical.
I was worried that this movie would not remain as dark as the stage show but Disney allowed this film to retain much of its darker tones. There are some creative changes but I think fans of the stage show will agree that this film plays out to the audience.
I expect Into The Woods to rack up the nominations come award season. Spectacular performances combined with stunning sets and costumes make this the musical, no, the film of the holiday season!

How does this all end? Will there be a happy ending for everyone involved? Well, in order to find out, you must venture Into The Woods!