In Love [With Chocolate]

February 12, 2011

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This afternoon’s recipe – chocolate “peanut butter cups” without peanut butter – was a blast to make!

Almost as fun as Pandora’s “Love Songs” station, which is currently playing “Dreaming Of You” by Selena. Ahhh middle school.

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The whole recipe, including all four versions, will be up in the next few days! I have a hundred photos to sort and edit first :)

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While Matt and I made chocolates, pork tenderloin, drank Jefferson wines, baked bread, shredded cheese and chopped veggies, this lion came to visit. He was disappointed we were throwing a Valentine’s party and not an anniversary part for Lillis Billis the cat!

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Matt and I made another pork tenderloin stuffed with bleu cheese and dates for my Jefferson Wine project




Of course wine was involved! We shared a small glass that just had to be poured 😉



We also made Kelsey’s Pimento Cheese [one of my FAVORITE recipes!!] to dip with veggies


And Matt made bread – funny shapes!!


Party time!


We had a handful of friends over for a potluck feast. I just love potluck dinners! Food made by other people is so much fun. In addition to our appetizer, tenderloin and chocolates, we had black beans and rice, arugula salad, coconut brownies, edamame dip, chocolate goat cheese!!


I had quite the feast of Jefferson Meritage and plates of delicious foods. I also tasted all four of our chocolate flavors


And had one of Cara’s funny brownies (which were awesome!)



Oh, and of course, beer. Paired with Matt’s new chalkboard paint keg sign!


I’m full of chocolate and gulping homemade lemon seltzer for hydration.

Good times, Good night!

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1 missy February 12, 2011 at 11:06 pm

looks like a great time. i love the ugly brownies and the funny shaped bread. :)


2 Evan Thomas February 12, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Can’t wait for the recipes! All the food looks delicious. You guys really know how to cater a party.


3 Stacy @ Every Little Thing February 12, 2011 at 11:07 pm

mmmm those coconut chocolates (and brownies) look amazing!

and i love the new chalkboard keg sign!


4 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen February 12, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Ohh those brownies look delicious – “ugly?” pshh – no way. Can’t wait to hear more about the chocolate!


5 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats February 12, 2011 at 11:15 pm

What a fun dinner!


6 Katy (The Singing Runner) February 12, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Everything looks amazing! I’m drooling over the chocolate! 😀


7 Gina February 12, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Chocolate PB cups without PB, now this recipe I’m very interested to see :)


8 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 12, 2011 at 11:32 pm

all those cups look awesome!!!!!

ive been making homemade PB cups for about 2 years now and i love them! they happen to be the highest viewed recipe on my site…so easy, can hardly even call it a “recipe”..haha!

Can’t wait to see what’s in the middles of yours!!!!


9 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 12, 2011 at 11:42 pm

LOL, funny shape bread!!

Everything looks beautiful, and delicious!

Love your visiting lion. So cute! :)

Do you use your 35mm lens all the time? I got the same lens for xmas, now I”m building a light box!


10 KathEats February 12, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Yup! It never leaves my camera :)


11 Sarah @ The Strength of Faith February 12, 2011 at 11:47 pm

What a fun party!

How is Karen feeling post-chemo? Thinking about her!


12 Kat @ Cupcake Kat February 12, 2011 at 11:53 pm

I can’t wait for the chocolate recipes. I love the brownies (is there a recipe for them some where?). Such a beautiful spread of food!


13 stacey-healthylife February 12, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Sounds like a fun night. Love the idea of pot luck, makes everything less stressful. The brownie sign is funny.


14 Hannah February 12, 2011 at 11:54 pm

As someone who eats at least half a block of chocolate everyday, I whole-heartedly concur with the title of your post and am enamoured with your little cups :)


15 Lu @ Done Dieting February 13, 2011 at 12:09 am

That pimento cheese makes me happy. I love to dip slices of cucumber into it. Yummy!


16 lynn @ the actor's diet February 13, 2011 at 12:30 am

wow cara’s “ugly” brownies look like a batch of mine on a really beautiful day!


17 Aylin @ GlowKitchen February 13, 2011 at 12:34 am

Love the disclaimer on the brownies


18 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write February 13, 2011 at 12:43 am

Hehe. Love the brownies sign. I can sympathize.

I’m really going to have to try making my own chocolate cups WITH pb.


19 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) February 13, 2011 at 12:46 am

Pork tenderloin is my favorite cut of pork.

Everything looks delicious!


20 lauren @sassy molassy February 13, 2011 at 12:48 am

1. I want to try BOTH of matt’s current brews.

2. I purposely browsed through the O magazine at the grocery store today to look at your spread. Nice work! THat must be SO EXCITING!!!


21 Allison @ Happy Tales February 13, 2011 at 1:11 am

Ha! Being full of chocolate is not a bad thing! We made brownies for dessert and are currently in a chocolate-induced food coma. Yummmm.


22 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 13, 2011 at 1:13 am

that pork looks heavenly! you guys are the most creative couple – love the beer-chalkboard.

congrats on your big O-mag debut!!!


23 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 13, 2011 at 1:13 am

Haha, I should print that card for my brownies… happens every time!


24 Justeen @ Blissful Baking February 13, 2011 at 2:48 am

The food looks delicious!!! I can’t wait for the recipes for the chocolate cups!


25 VeggieGirl February 13, 2011 at 5:28 am

OOOH chocolate heaven.


26 Simply Life February 13, 2011 at 6:45 am

what a fun party!


27 Katherine: Unemployed February 13, 2011 at 6:45 am

so I just want to be friends with you and eat at your table every day. I know that is so creepy coming from a blogger but your posts are always so elegant


28 Vanessa February 13, 2011 at 7:32 am

I’m so jealous of your dinner parties!! They always look so delicious and fun! i love Matt’s beer chalkboard. His brews always sound so awesome!!!


29 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn February 13, 2011 at 7:37 am

I love homemade peanut butter cups! so simple, and so delicious:)


30 Lauren at KeepItSweet February 13, 2011 at 7:41 am

What a fun and delicious spread!


31 Jess (Sweet Potato) February 13, 2011 at 7:43 am

Chocolate goat cheese?! That just blew my mind. Must find out more about said chocolate goat cheese…


32 Katie February 13, 2011 at 7:48 am

I cant wait to have a house one day and have people over and entertain : ) it’s something I love, my mom loved doing that growing up : )

The brownies look amazing even though they are a little messy, love the not she wrote with them !

Glad you and Matt had a great night! : )


33 Lauren February 13, 2011 at 7:55 am

You guys throw the best dinner parties. Everything looks sensational.


34 Christie {Nourishing Eats} February 13, 2011 at 8:15 am

Yum, everything looks delicious. I am particularly intrigued by chocolate goat cheese!!!


35 Baking 'n' Books February 13, 2011 at 10:04 am

I was thinking the same thing – do tell! Did you eat the tenderloin though? Or just your plate?


36 megan @ blackberries for jam February 13, 2011 at 8:18 am

What a phenomenal spread! I really really want to make blue cheese stuffed pork tenderloin now. Paired with Matt’s Chocolate Oatmeal Stout!


37 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 13, 2011 at 8:24 am

Those cups looks so good and so do those brownies — ugly??? No way — you should see my brownies, ha!

I love how the pork looks on the platter with the herbs (rosemary? not sure). What a fun night!


38 Deborah@fromskinnytohealthy February 13, 2011 at 8:28 am

Wow! That looks like incredible food! Chocolate goat cheese???!?! YUMM!


39 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 13, 2011 at 8:32 am

You all sure know how to eat! Everything looks fantastic!


40 A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) February 13, 2011 at 9:03 am

The pork presentation is very beautiful!


41 Jessica February 13, 2011 at 9:08 am

I feel like most of my cooking warrants a “We’re ugly because…” sign!


42 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy February 13, 2011 at 9:09 am

Your potluck food looks like something you’d get a nice restaurant! My “pitch-in” dinners never turn out that way :)


43 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) February 13, 2011 at 9:09 am

Looks like such a blast! And everything looks fantastic. Your pork tenderloin looks absolutely mouthwatering. 😀


44 Mary @ Bites and Bliss February 13, 2011 at 9:29 am

I’ll be dreaming about those chocolate cups later! Glad you had an awesome time.


45 Katie @ peacebeme February 13, 2011 at 9:32 am

Love the chalkboard sign. That would even be cool to write a food menu on for your guests.


46 Ann @ Day by Day February 13, 2011 at 9:49 am

You really know how to present food beautifully! I love the rosemary layered between the pork slices. And the note with the brownies made me laugh. A lot of my food turns out ugly but delicious too! Your blog always makes me want a glass of wine.


47 Camille February 13, 2011 at 10:14 am

Is it bad that I think the food looks amazing but all I can think about is how adorable that cat is? Yep, it is :)


48 Anne (butter and bear) February 13, 2011 at 10:29 am

Can’t wait for the recipe for the chocolate cups. My little ones would love those!


49 Anne @ Baking Me February 13, 2011 at 11:04 am

Looks delicious! I have never had chocolate goat cheese, but it sounds good. Love the chalk board!


50 gina (fitnessista) February 13, 2011 at 11:04 am

chocolate goat cheese?! did i read that correctly?
i have to find/make some of this…
happy sunday, friend!


51 Maddie (Healthy Maddie) February 13, 2011 at 11:04 am

The chocolate cups look fantastic! Looks like you guys had an amazing spread.


52 Ann February 13, 2011 at 11:16 am

I love seeing your dinner parties – it’s wonderful that you have such a great group of friends who like to cook and eat and drink wine! Your stuffed tenderloin got me thinking about pork, so tonight for our Valentine’s dinner I’m making pork medallions with balsamic honey glaze (post coming tomorrow on my blog!).


53 Meagan February 13, 2011 at 11:35 am

I never thought of writing a brownie note like that – I’ve always needed a way to explain “ugly” but “Delicious” food – THANKS!!


54 Eating Bird Food February 13, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Sad I missed the v-day party, even sadder I missed out on your chocolates and Cara’s brownies.


55 Kiran February 13, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Everything looks so delish! and the chocolates, my oh my 😀


56 claire February 13, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Man you have the BEST food at your dinner parties!


57 Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 13, 2011 at 3:51 pm

my oh my – what a delicious array of dlights!


58 Meg February 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Want to know what goes perfectly with the “Love” station on Pandora? The “Love Stinks” station. It’s hysterical what they come up with to play!

That chocolate goat cheese looks incredible and definitely has my interest piqued!


59 Christin@purplebirdblog February 13, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I had a peanut butter cup fail turned win today… white chocolate truffle sandwiches were born! :)


60 The Robertsons of Mumbai February 14, 2011 at 12:11 am

Funny – I was singing that Selena song today, too, as I was in Corpus christi visiting my brother, and her grave is in th cemetery behind his apartment complex…


61 Charise February 15, 2011 at 8:46 am

Love that beer chalkboard! Your basement is turning into a little brewpub! :)

I love that you guys have little dinner parties all the time – I don’t have many friends here into food as much as we are. Often times “my kind of food” scares them off, so we do more parties with party snack food rather than dinner parties with full meals.


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