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    May 23, 2014

    Ian Horvath of Beehive Chocolates on Bees, Beans and the Beehive Experience

    So, we all know that growing your own food can be healthy and rewarding....but grinding your own cacao beans? Now that's delicious. That's what Scottsdale's Beehive Chocolates is up to. Crafting homemade dark chocolate and raw Arizona honey into a bite-sized, mouth-watering confection. Owner Ian H ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    Chocolate's Health Benefits Linked to Gut Microbes

    After being the bearer of bad tequila news when we discussed why tequila probably won't help you fight diabetes or obesity, we're happy to bring some good news in the world of guilty pleasures. Well, actually, calling chocolate a guilty pleasure might not even be accurate at this point anymore, due ... More >>

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    February 5, 2014

    10 Valentine Gifts from Metro Phoenix Bakeries and Candy Shops

    Still stuck on what to get your special someone for Valentine's Day? Skip the same old box of chocolates and check out our list of locally made confections.

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    February 3, 2014

    Haute Chocolate at the Heard Museum

    Chocolate was the unifying factor at the Heard Museum's second annual Haute Chocolate festival, held Friday, Jan. 31. From cocktails to cupcakes -- with some Peruvian cacao thrown in -- it was a sweet evening with a few twists and even an edible fashion show.

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    January 30, 2014
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    January 28, 2014

    The 10 Weirdest Chocolates for Your Valentine

    Ever since Vosges Haut-Chocolat broke through with Mo's Bacon Bar, chocolate flavor combinations have wandered away from the safe territory of fruits and nuts toward shocking infusions including vinegar and even pig's blood. Strange as they may sound, each of these ten odd chocolates has its fans. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    8 Best Uses of S'mores Flavor in Metro Phoenix

    The simple beauty of s'mores: Find the right stick. Poke it through a marshmallow and stick it over a campfire. Once it's the perfect gooeyness and crispiness, carefully plop it on top of a piece of Hersey's chocolate and sandwich it between graham crackers. Now that we are too old to go on scout ... More >>

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    June 5, 2013

    Dessert in the Desert: Gertrude's at the Botanical Garden

    I have a pastry chef crush on Marisa Lown of Gertrude's, the new(ish) cafe at the Desert Botanical Garden. Her pastry is straightforward, creative, and thoughtful. Marisa is bringing a unique touch and an expert hand to sweets here in the Valley, and I can't wait to see what she does next. See als ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Last Night's Scottsdale Culinary Event: The Chocolate and Wine "Experience"

    It was a fairly sizable turnout at Talking Stick Resort last night for the Chocolate and Wine Experience, the decadent Day 2 of the week-long Scottsdale Culinary Festival. True to title, the event offered all forms of chocolate indulgence and bottled vino, but left plenty of room for interpretation ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013

    Last Minute Chocolate Valentine You Can Make Yourself

    AndyTalk: Salt - It's So Much More Than Sodium Chloride It's Valentine's Day and that means stress, especially if you're a bit of a procrastinator and/or you think that the card you bought just isn't enough. If you've got some chocolate on hand, even in bar form, you can make the best hand-made va ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    14 More Valley Places to Wine and Dine Your Honey Bun on Valentine's

    Remember last year when you swore you'd make Valentine's Day plans way ahead of schedule so as not to repeat the twelve-hour scramble of years past? It might be too late to get a reservation at the top spots in town, but you haven't missed the window entirely -- not yet. But put off calling around ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Superbowl Cupcakes This Weekend Only at Urban Cookies

    Still don't know what you're serving at your big Superbowl party on Sunday? Urban Cookies Bakeshop has you covered -- for dessert, anyway. One flavor represents San Francisco, the other Baltimore. So if you're a 49ers fan, hopefully you love dark chocolate, red wine, and cheese. Pulling for the Rave ... More >>

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    November 30, 2012

    Three Cookie Doughs to Freeze Now, Bake Later

    It's that time of year. The holidays. And though it's tempting to wake up early the morning of a holiday party to bake, we recommend making these freezable recipes now, for easy baking later -- and a chance to sleep in. These aren't your typical sugar cookie recipes; these will make you look like a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Karen Olson Makes Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Forks up, Phoenix! Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row present the third annual Pie Social Saturday, November 3rd, from 2 to 6 p.m. on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. We've got an all-star line up of bakers making pies for you to taste, and from now til Pie Social, we'll introduce them to you, one by on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    White Chocolate Banana Cream Pie at The White Chocolate Grill

    See also: Pie Social 2012: Call for Entries If you're in the mood for dessert, it would seem there's no better place to go than a restaurant with chocolate in the name. That logic brought us to The White Chocolate Grill, on the surface a generic upscale American restaurant with the typical big plus ... More >>

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    August 6, 2012

    Anatomy of a Chocolate Chip Cookie with Brady Breese of Urban Cookies

    See also: Mail Order Cookie Clash: Urban Cookies vs. Goosebumps See also: Urban Cookies (OllieCake) Wins Food Network's Cupcake Wars See also: Urban Cookies' Brady Breese: Caramelpalooza Candymakers When you're cooking, it's all about a dash of this and a splash of that. But baking is another matte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    "Hot Chocolate" Cake at The Arrogant Butcher

    Sam Fox: Love him or hate him, chances are you have some opinion about this Valley-based restaurateur. Not everyone likes the idea of one guy cranking out 12 (yes, 12!) restaurant concepts in 14 years. But even if not all of them are winners, at the very least Fox is putting up one hell of a fight a ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012

    Last Night's Scottsdale Culinary Festival Chocolate & Wine Experience Not So Chocolatey

    To me, one of chocolate's best properties is the fact that it doesn't need to be super sweet to feel incredibly indulgent. A blissful chocolate is smooth, rich, dark, and simple. My current favorite is Chocolove's Orange Peel, and I expected the Scottsdale Culinary Festival's only dessert event woul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Guinness Chocolate Cake and Orange Glaze

    Welcome to our new(ish) column, "Ask the Pastry Chef," by Amy Morris, a pastry sous chef at J&G Steakhouse. Have a question for Amy? Leave it in the comments section. Do you have a cake recipe with Guinness in it for St. Patrick's Day? Nothing says St. Patrick's Day more than Guinness beer. I c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Chef Christine Boerner of The Baker's Daughter, Part Two

    In recognition of Valentine's Day we're talking with chocolatier and pastry chef, Christine Boerner of The Baker's Daughter. Yesterday she gave us a peek into how she prepares for V-Day and today we get schooled about how you go from cacao chocolate dream. So, how do you make chocolate? ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    How to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries

    ​ Welcome to our new(ish) column, "Ask the Pastry Chef," by Amy Morris, a pastry sous chef at J&G Steakhouse. Have a question for Amy? Leave it in the comments section.This week's question: How Do I Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries?Chocolate covered strawberries are perfect for Valentine's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    14 Ways to Get Your Phoenix Valentine's Day Chocolate Fix

    ​ Chocolate and Valentine's Day go together like eggs and bacon, or cookie and milk, or cookies and bacon, or bacon and bacon .....mmmmm bacon. Oh wait, we were talking about chocolate. Anyhow, chocolate and Valentine's Day go hand in hand. A Valentine's Day without chocolate would just be a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Claire's Chocolate Chip, Fool Proof, and Better Than They Look (Really) Cookies

    ​Our latest Chow Bella showdown: a traditional holiday cookie exchange. From now through Christmas, we present Chow Bella's 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. Today, we bring you Claire's Chocolate Chip, Better Than They Look (Really) Cookies. I am not a baker -- a tough fact I thought I could hide un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Arizona Biltmore's Dinner and a Movie Series Starts Today

    Arizona Biltmore​Summertime in the Valley may be a scorcher, but the Arizona Biltmore, one of Phoenix's first resorts built in 1929 with the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright serving as the consulting architect, is playing it Hollywood cool. As part of their Hollywood & Wine summer-long series fea ... More >>

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    March 1, 2011

    Melissa Barth's Chocolate-Peanut Butter Mousse and Banana Dessert

    Carol Blonderchocolate-peanut butter mousse and sauted banana cake with creme fraiche ice cream​ Posh pastry chef Melissa Barth followed her older brother into a culinary program in high school, hit the pastry station, and found her niche. After completing the pastry and baking program at the Cu ... More >>

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    February 22, 2011

    Suzanne Garcia's Chocolate Cherry Almond Cookies

    Carol BlonderSuzanne Garcia and her cookie counter​ Yesterday, Suzanne Garcia president of Chocolate Star Bakery shared the lessons she brought from a successful fashion and business background to her cookie bakery. The San Francisco native likes to keep her recipes simple but isn't afraid to gla ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    Lisa Reinhart: Wei of Chocolate

    Carol Blonder cacao pod​ In the eighteenth century, Carl Linnaeus, the Swedish botanist credited for the naming and classification system used to distinguish plants and species found in Europe and the New World, named the cacao tree, Theobroma cacao, "food of the gods". Cacao had a long-es ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    Travis Watson's Chocolate Mousse Covered Strawberries

    Carol Blonder chocolate covered strawberries​Yesterday in Sweet Talk, Executive Pastry Chef Travis Watson described his philosophy on the discipline and art of pastry creation and the important elements of any carefully crafted dessert. Chef Watson favors desserts that are refined and inclu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Cookie Showdown: Chocolate Chip Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

    Photo: Cyndi Coon Chocolate Chip Peppermint Sandwhich Cookie​ Cookie exchanges are a staple at every holiday office party, including the offices of Chow Bella. But the contributors to this blog are a cutthroat bunch, and with an inordinate amount of trash talk thrown about, our cookie excha ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    Tully's Intense Dark Chocolate Mocha

    ​ Tully's Coffee is a chain, but we haven't seen too many locations in the Valley. But we stumbled upon a Tully's last week in the Fry's Markerplace off 27th Avenue and Bell Road, and since we'd never tried Tully's (gasp!), we decided to stop in. We ordered a tall "intense dark chocolat ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Recipe: Christine Boerner's Rocher

    Carol BlonderChocolate gifts in gourds​ Rocher (FR: rock) When I was a kid we called these chocolate -coated bites haystacks. I stand corrected! These yummy little mounds can be made with your choice of ingredients, toasted nuts, golden raisins and chopped dried fruit. Christine Boerner provi ... More >>

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    October 11, 2010

    Lou and Denise Mirabella of Chocofin Chocolatiers

    What started out as a less than stellar homemade-Christmas-gift attempt at truffle making grew into the passion and livelihood of the entrepreneurial Lou Mirabella and his wife, Denise, of Chocofin Chocolatiers.

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    October 1, 2010

    TeaTime Chocolate = Wei Good

    This is the kind of math we foodies understand: One part tea plus one part chocolate equals a heavenly escape from the craziness of life, which is exactly what TeaTime and Wei of Chocolate intended for last night's tea and chocolate tasting.

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    September 15, 2010

    Is This For Real? 'Healthy' Chocolate Cake at True Food Kitchen and The Compound Grill

    Forget acai berries and pomegranate. Chocolate is our "superfood" of choice": decadent, rich and packed with antioxidants and endorphins. Hell, it's like taking a vitamin and a happy pill all at once! It's also delicious whether it's eaten in traditional bar form or used as an in ... More >>

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    September 6, 2010

    One Bowl Chocolate Cake

    ​When we lived in Brooklyn, NY we had a monthly ritual. It started with going to our favorite sushi joint and loading up on Spanish mackerel sashimi and rolls of varying types and bowls of miso soup and sake. And then, because why stop there, we would stumble down the street for a walk of a few ... More >>

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    July 12, 2010

    S'more Please Sundaes

    ​Here we are in July. Is it just us, or does July seem to sneak up and take you by surprise? It's time for summer plans to unfold. Time to escape the heat, or at least dream about it. Time to enjoy all those mainstays of summer: tomatoes, watermelon, swimming, lemonade, ice-cream trucks, salty ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Brownie Showdown: Frosted Guinness Brownies

    Johnathan McNamara Beer makes everything better. ​When we heard about the 26-page Pentagon brownie recipe published recently, we couldn't resist trying to bake them. Emphasis on trying. What better time for the next Chow Bella Showdown? We gathered the staff and got them baked -- er, baking ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    Valrhona Chocolate Truffle Recipe

    Last week we reported on Valrhona's exclusive demonstration for Valley pastry chefs and culinary professionals. Now you can try their chocolate truffle recipe at home. ValrhonaValrhona Truffles(recipe after the jump)​

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    June 11, 2010

    Valrhona Chocolate Demonstration Better Than a Trip to Wonka's Factory

    Carol BlonderValrhona ​ A visit to the town of Tain L'Hermitage located in the Rhone Valley of France is on the bucket list of chocolatiers and professional pastry chefs from around the globe. Tain L'Hermitage is the home of Valrhona and the esteemed Ecole de Grand Chocolat. Carol BlonderJ ... More >>

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    April 19, 2010

    Caffiend: Hob Nobs' White Chocolate Mocha

    ​Hob Nobs, a quaint beatnik cafe housed in the old Willow House building, retains much of its predecessors' ambiance: hardwood floors, colorful local art on the walls, cramped parking in the back -- but the menu here offers more options, and we dare say the java's just as good.We stopped by on the ... More >>

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    April 8, 2010

    Thin Mint Showdown: Lazy Thin Mint Pie

    Jonathan McNamaraGive me a spoon now!​One can never have enough Thin Mints. At least that's what we thought until Managing Editor Amy Silverman brought in a dozen unsold boxes to a recent Chow Bella meeting. If one must make lemonade when life hands one lemons, we theorized one must make deser ... More >>

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    April 2, 2010

    Top 5 Cocktails For Easter the hatch ... er, rabbit hole.​Church. Hiding plastic eggs for unappreciative children. Cooking a huge dinner. Putting up with painfully unlikable family members. Whatever your Easter entails this Sunday, there's a good cha ... More >>

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    February 10, 2010

    Battle of the Sexy Desserts

    With Valentine's Day around the corner, we thought we'd get you in the mood with a little friendly competition of gooey, rich and chocolatey desserts. We have two serious competitors: a deep, dark chocolate cake and a brownie-like dessert served with a side of warm chocolate sauce. So light so ... More >>

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    February 3, 2010

    Locally Made: Sam Filicetti Achieves Higher Consciousness with Chocolate

    ​In ancient times, Mayans drank cacao concoctions to achieve an altered consciousness believed to bring them close to a god-like state.  It was this promise of elevated awareness and an interest in Divine Metaphysics that initially attracted Sam Filicetti, an electrical engineer, to choc ... More >>

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    January 22, 2010

    The Provisional Poet: Battle of the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

    Fight, fight, fight!​ Battle of the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Fight, fight cups down the field, Fight with your peanut butter and cacao seeds and don't ever yield. Original has milk chocolate, newcomer dark, One will be victorious, the other, a lark. Cheer, cheer for the orange and brown ... More >>

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    June 19, 2009

    Death to Chocolate in Phoenix?, it's gotten downright impossible to get a chocolate fix in Phoenix. Sure, you can still find a Milky Way at Walgreen's, but we're not looking for the waxy stuff that you'd find in a 5-year-old's trick or treat bag. We want our chocolate grown up ... More >>

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