Tuesday, May 1, 2012

T@tT: Puffy Clouds of Chocolate

When brought out of the oven, Chocolate Pixies are like little puffy clouds of chocolate just waiting for someone to float by and gobble them up.  These come out of the oven a bit underdone to account for the residual cooking time which occurs once out of the heat - a perfect time to slide one off the tray and onto a napkin...gooey and chocolaty before it has time to set.  That was me last night...standing in my kitchen, enjoying the first cookie off the tray and of course...coughing.

Please tell me I'm not the only one who inevitably coughs when eating that first cookie/bar/tiramisu slice which has powdered sugar or cocoa on top? 

That first bites gets me every time.

This was going to be the end of my post but as I get this post ready to link up to Debbie's Tuesday at the Table feature at A Quilter's Table, she has asked for top foodie moments...here are just a few off the top of my head in no particular order: 
  1. First bite of Tiramisu in Venice, Italy.  Walking along the canals and (coughing) eating my piece. 
  2. Lunchtime in New Delhi, India where we would go eat for hours...oh the Naan!  So bloody hot inside the restaurant with the tandoori oven in the center - a wonder for me at eighteen. 
  3. Turkey Parmigiana my mother used to make for my birthday.  The best ever.  
  4. Foie Gras. 
  5. Pizza in Naples, Italy with girlfriends...so silly we were - such a wonderful time.  
  6. Harvesting corn from my garden - standing in the row, husking it and biting into fresh corn...so good. 
  7. Last meal I had with my father on his birthday. 
  8. Sitting on the kitchen counter (I was 4) next to the sink while my father cleaned and cracked Dungenous Crab.  Remember getting full on the crab pieces he was giving me.  
Please visit Debbie at her Tuesday at the Table feature to see what other's are sharing for their top foodie moments.  
Enjoy your Tuesday and eat well!  


  1. oh these remind me of 'our' chocolate crinkles...yum! And what great foodie moments - isn't it a nice look back in time? Thanks for sharing them, Susan, and thanks for linking up! (love that you have traveled so much!)

  2. Those look so yummy!

  3. Wow! You've traveled a lot of places! My "top" foodie memory was my first home-cooked meal after eating dorm food for almost a semester at college :-O. I had to laugh about the powdered sugar. Being lucky enough to live in New Orleans for many years, and growing up in Baton Rouge, beignets (with tons of powdered sugar) were a staple. As a teen and young adult it was customary to try to get your friends to laugh right as they were taking a bite ;-). We learned at an early age to not wear dark clothes to the beignet shop LOL!

  4. Great Foodie Moments, a nice idea to look back a memories that involve food and love. Chocolate Pixies are one of our Christmas cookies each year. I need to step outside the box and make them more often... lol. (I tried to make changes, can you please check if I'm still appearing as a No Reply Blogger? thanks)

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  5. Ahh, so many food memories, it's hard to choose just one. The one thing I miss most about living in Maryland are the crab feasts we used to have. Blue crabs, smothered in Bay Seasoning, lots of newspaper covering the table, and a bucket o' beer. Mmmm, good times.

  6. Lovely memories you have Susan. I still remember sitting outside at a restaurant in Santorini, Greece eating Eggplant salad and sipping on a glass of wine. A perfect moment in time.

  7. I cough from icing sugar too. I was going to whine about no recipe, as those look delicious, but I've decided it's time to smarten up about my snacking, so I'm just as glad you didn't tempt me.

  8. Yes, I cough too! Those cookies look so awesome - now I have to go bake!

    You do such a nice job with your photography and the way you stage it all. What kind of camera do you have? Tami In Denver

  9. My mom makes cookies just like that around Christmas and they are some of my favorites. Loved reading your "foodie" moments, too!