• Jane Evans Bonacci The Heritage Cook

    WELCOME to The Heritage Cook ... we're sharing traditions, one recipe at a time! I learned to cook at my grandmother’s side, watching her create nourishing meals for the family. I love to share the lessons she taught me. I am a recipe editor, developer and tester, a food writer, passionate cook, and baker. Subscribe to the blog and never miss a recipe or the fun of Chocolate Mondays! Creating, exploring, sharing, nurturing ... that is what I love about cooking!

  • Some comments made by readers …

    ... Woo hoo! Mondays just got a whole lot better now that you’re featuring chocolate in some shape or form each week. It’s my favorite food group, after all...

    ... We prepared the “Fathers Day Brunch” on Sunday. It was a big hit! I was amazed at the light and very tasty pancakes. It looks like your recipes are going to keep me busy!...

    ... The [Chocolate Crinkle] cookies look beautiful. First bite brings a sensational experience to the pallet. Slightly crunchy exterior at first, then the moist interior with a burst of chocolate flavor through out my mouth. The flavors lingers long enough that I feel I must have another bite to experience it all again...

    ... This chicken is delicious. So tender, even the breast meat, with a hint of onion and lemon. Definitely a keeper...

    ... Just had my first bite and WOW! I think this is the best homemade brownie i have ever tasted. Great chocolate flavor with the right amount of sweetness. And the fudgy consistency is perfect! ...

    ... LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the glossary. I’ve “heard” these terms but never have I seen them in print. Keep ‘em coming! ...

    ... I made this pasta sauce this past weekend...what can I say, it was delicious! I added fresh zuchinni and eggplant for a vegetarian style meal like you suggested. Topping the pasta dish with fresh basil from my "Swiss" herb garden made the sauce perfect! ...

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Chocolate Monday – Chocolate Biscotti !!

Happy Chocolate Monday! Today’s treat is Chocolate Biscotti! Biscotti (biss-koh-tee) (the plural of biscotto) is an Italian twice-baked cookie. Extra crunchy, they are perfect for dunking in coffee or espresso. You form the dough into logs and bake them most of the way through. Then take them out of the oven, cool slightly, slice and finish baking. The first time I tried to make biscotti, I didn’t trust the recipe and left the cookies in too long on the first bake. When I tried to slice them, they crumbled. Don’t make the same mistake I did!

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Ingredients for Chocolate Monday, July 12th

This week’s Chocolate Monday recipe is a fun Italian treat. When I married my Italian husband, I had never made this dessert and I knew I had to learn how. Now it is one of my favorites. Not nearly as challenging as I thought it would be, you will discover how easy it is to make. The name is usually mispronounced, but after Monday, you’ll know the right way to say it, LOL!

Gee, what could it be? Come back on Monday to find out!

Add to your shopping list:

2 cups All-Purpose Flour
3/4 cups top-quality Cocoa Powder
4 Large Eggs
1 cup Granulated Sugar
1 cup Almonds
3/4 cup Chocolate Chips

Coarse or crystal sugar such as Raw, Turbinado, or Demerara

Baking Soda
Vanilla Extract
Almond Extract

Chocolate Monday! Red Velvet Cupcakes

Cupcakes seem like the perfect dessert. Small and easily transported, they work for children’s birthday parties or wedding receptions and they have built-in portion control! Cupcake shops are popping up everywhere, and I am thrilled. I love stopping in and instead of being limited to just one flavor, I can pick several. If I’m having friends over for dinner, I can offer them an assortment of desserts. I like variety and cupcakes are perfect for that! Continue reading

Choc Mon – Chocolate Mint Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

Mint Chip Ice Cream with Chocolate

Next weekend is the Fourth of July, one of my favorite holidays. I can spend weeks figuring out what I want to serve at a party. Books will be scattered all over the living room and I comb through them looking for things I can make ahead, that are somewhat traditional, and yet have an interesting twist. This week I’ll be sharing some of my favorites for entertaining on hot days, especially when there are fireworks in the evening! What are some of your favorites to take on picnics or to summer parties?

Today’s recipe is for Ice Cream Sandwiches, a favorite from childhood, yet with a change from the normal vanilla ice cream. You can use any ice cream or cookie flavor that you like, I’m sharing recipes for mint chip ice cream and chocolate cookies. You could use chocolate chip cookies and fill them with chocolate ice cream, or orange cookies with vanilla, or sugar cookies with strawberry. The combinations are nearly endless. What sounds fun to you?

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Get Ready for Chocolate Monday! June 28th

This week’s Chocolate Monday treat is courtesy of David Lebovitz, former Chez Panisse Pastry Chef, and cookbook author extraordinaire. David is one of the authors I admire most. His recipes are always easy to follow and fairly simple, even if they are long. Just follow his directions and you are guaranteed success!

This dessert is made in two parts, so plan on starting it one day and finishing the next. Check out The Heritage Cook blog all week for recipes that will help you celebrate the Fourth of July in fine fashion … old-fashioned that is, LOL!

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Choc Monday – Luscious Dark Chocolate Mousse

Today is my wedding anniversary … James and I have been married for 12 years! I waited a very long time to get married. My friends told me I was being too picky, but I knew that when I met the man I was supposed to be with, I would know it in my heart. And I was right. From the time we met, James and I have been nearly inseparable. We have been very fortunate, and though sometimes the road has been challenging, I wouldn’t change any of it.

James is the quintessential chocoholic. He lives, breathes, and dreams chocolate. If chocolate is on the menu, you can bet that it will be what he orders. For years there was a wonderful little French bistro in our town and we ate there every New Year’s Eve. No one could make a better or more intense chocolate dessert than Claude and Dominique – and yes, James ordered it every year! In honor of my wonderful husband, I can’t think of a better recipe for this week’s Chocolate Monday than a deep, dark, luscious chocolate mousse.

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Chocolate Mon – Chocolate Glazed Bundt Cake

One of the easiest cakes to bake is a bundt cake. Dense, moist, and tender, a chocolate bundt epitomizes chocolate comfort food. They are named for the pan they are baked in. Bundt is a German word meaning banded or bundled and this refers to the decorative design on the pan. These aren’t fussy cakes, don’t take a lot of time, and are easy to decorate. Chances are you grew up eating many treats made in bundt pans.

The first mentions of “bund” or “bunt” cakes were in Jewish-American cookbooks of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The bundt pan is really a lighter weight version of the traditional European kuglehopf pan. Created by David Dalquist of Nordic Ware in 1950, the cake didn’t become nationally known until 1960’s.

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