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Let Them Eat Cake … or Pudding

BY KIM MATURO

Chocolate Pudding
Photo Credit: Emmanuel Hessler

Have you noticed that from February to April there are a lot of birthdays going on? In my case, I have 8 birthdays (including mine) spread out over 5 weeks. Last week, there were three birthdays at my office and this week another two. That’s a lot of cake and celebrating. This week is both my mother’s and my sister’s birthdays (Happy Birthday you guys) and I wanted to make my sister a birthday cake. She loves cheesecake, so I wanted to make a Brownie Bottom Cheese Cake.
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Margarita and Taco fiesta!

BY CAMILLE MACNAUGHTON
From the Chocolate Throwdown

Chicken Taco

Trying to beat the winter blues? Here’s how The Foodie Collective does it! Get some good friends together and try your hand at making tacos. Fish, pulled chicken (or any slow cooked meat) and veggie tacos are delicious, reasonably healthy and get everyone making their own to taste. Paired with margaritas and some funky beats, you won’t feel the cold winter chill… mind, you might not feel much of anything after a margarita or two!
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Amanda and Auré’s Favourite Things

BY AMANDA PIEDIMONTE AND AURÉLIE PTITO
From the Chocolate Throwdown

Homemade Ice cream and chocolate brownie

When it comes to food, Amanda and I are the same person. This makes her my favourite restaurant-going buddy, since whenever we go out to eat, all we need is one glance at the menu and, through some weird gluttonous unspoken communication, we already know what we’ll be sharing. This made her the obvious choice as a partner for the Chocolate Throwdown (also, I kind of think she’s awesome). We were inspired by Ben and Jerry’s fanciful ice cream flavours, specifically Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night Snack, which, among other things, features fudge-covered potato chip clusters. And since neither of us has an insane sweet tooth, we decided to balance out the sweetness by adding as many salty components as possible. So, let us now present our favourite things!
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To Brownie or not to Brownie: a question of chocolate

BY EMMANUEL HESSLER
From the Chocolate Throwdown

Meat Brownie
Photo Credit: Emmanuel Hessler

Every so often, ridiculous men put their heads together. From these unstable and unsustainable moments of collaboration, ideas of exquisite beauty and originality take shape. From the primordial ooze of these men’s minds, a recipe is created, bending the rules of physics as we experience them while flouting the epistemological theories we take for truths. This recipe was J-F’s and my way of expressing to the world that chocolate didn’t have to resign itself to just being chocolate. If Vespas are for driving around in summer, surely the brownie is for being reinvented. I give you our take on the classic brownie.
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Win Your Lover’s Heart with Decadent Double Chocolate Mousse

BY KIM MATURO
From the Chocolate Throwdown
Chocolate Mousse
Photo credit: Emmanuel Hessler

They say the best way to someone’s heart is though their stomach. If this is true, I feel that there are many foodies out there who will be cooking up a romantic dinner for their lover this Valentine’s Day.  I for one always enjoy cooking for a loved one and I pay special attention when planning out my menu to ensure that what I make is going to be delicious.
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Chocolate Stout Chili

BY EMMANUEL HESSLER
Chocolate Stout Chili

When I was 25, I hosted a chili cook-off at which a few university friends competed. My friend David Barmak blew my mind by introducing the idea that you could mix chocolate into a salty dish. Something else that really impressed me was how prevalent the meat was in the dish. Rather than using ground beef, the small cubes of meat really held their own as the central ingredient and were loaded with flavour and texture. This was further enhanced by the absence of the various beans I had been habituated to in my 1/4 century of chili eating. For this chili, I adjusted David’s recipe by adding a chocolate stout beer to give it a dark, rich color.
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The Beer Throwdown

In October, our busy Throwdowners gathered once more to put their cooking skills to the test. The theme this time: beer. Beer is thought to have originated in Neolithic times, making it the oldest of the malted beverages. From its inception, beer has been popular, creating a unique beer culture complete with festivals (Oktoberfest, Bavarian Harvest Festival) and pub-crawls around the world.

While some of the Throwdowners were inspired by Oktoberfest-themed foods, most took cues from their favorite cuisines, whether Italian, BBQ or chic French fare. With beer as the star ingredient, a Throwdown never tasted so good!

Take a look at the delicious creations the Throwdowners came up with this time. Which one piques your fancy?

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