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Chocolate Velvet Cupcakes topped with Chocolate dipped Strawberries

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I think I am on a theme here of making wonderful cupcakes. I modified a cake recipe to create this outrageous cupcake.  A dense chocolate cupcake frosted with a sinful chocolate ganache topped with a chocolate dipped strawberry.  Combining two favorite flavors chocolate and strawberry into a heavenly treat!

Cup Cakes

1/2 cups sem- sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (16-ounce) package light brown sugar
3 large eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
1 cup hot water
2 teaspoons vanilla

Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips in microwave at high for 30 second intervals until melted, about 1 1/2 minutes. Stir until smooth.
Beat brown sugar and butter at medium speed in an electric mixer 5 minutes or until well blended. The time really depends on the type of mixer you use. The stronger the mixer the less mixing time.
Add eggs one at a time mixing just until blended. Add melted chocolate mixing just until blended. Don&#…

Curried Chickpea and Tofu Salad

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I love chickpeas, adding to salads, stew, sauces and a plus is that chickpeas are a good source of protein.  Combining tofu with chickpeas not only adds interesting texture to this salad but added protein. As I've always shared I love to find healthy recipes that also taste good, low in fat and high in protein. My Curried Chickpea and Tofu salad fits all my requirements.  I've enjoy tofu dishes in oriental restaurants unfortunately I haven't incorporated tofu into my home cooking. Looking for a way to add more tofu in my diet I came up with this recipe. What I like about this recipe is it is easy to make, can be made ahead, looks wonderful and fits well into summer meals.

Enjoy!

Curried Chickpea and Tofu Salad

3 15 to 15 1/2-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon curry or to taste
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 bunch green onions, sliced, just white bulbs
3/4 cup shredded carrots
1 cup firm tofu, cu…

Taking Tea with the Dedham Juniors with wonderfull tea sandwiches

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Each year my woman's group, the Dedham Junior Woman's Club, holds a lovey English tea complete with china, silver and  fabulous tea accouterments to celebrate the woman in our lives.  A proper English tea is one of my favorite rituals that I love to sample where ever I travel. I've taken tea in London, Bermuda, the Huntington Library, the Ritz and more. When my daughter was little we had a Mother/Daughter holiday tea and cookie swap with everyone wearing their party best. Still the Dedham Junior Woman's Club Tea is my favorite!  Held at the colonial Allin Congregational Church in historic Dedham, the location sets the mood for a elegant tea. The tea is served on club members cherished china with one club member sharing her amazing collection of silver to serve delectable delicious dainty tea sandwiches and delicate petite pastries.  A highlight of the tea is the raffle table brimming with an assortment of gift baskets, plants, items for children and more, raffled at t…