October 16th, 2009

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Friday Five: Chocolate!

 cross-posted from http://blog.cherylreneeherbsman.com

Friday Five: Chocolate!

1. I'm thinking it's a really good thing I don't live in Washington or Oregon. The weather here in the San Francisco Bay Area has been gloomy all week. It brings me down and gives me headaches. Usually the weather doesn't last more than a couple of days, but this week has been gray every day. I have heard the theory that the doldrums come from a decrease in serotonin in the brain. I have also heard that eating chocolate can stimulate the production of not only serotonin, but also endorphins and another neurotransmitter that affects the body like amphetamines. Medicinal chocolate anyone?

2. It's birthday season in my house. My husband's birthday was last month. My daughter's was last week. And my son's is this coming week. So lots of celebrating to take the edge of the blues. Sadly, my husband and son prefer white chocolate/vanilla type deserts to actual chocolate. But my daughter, thank goodness, goes for the chocolate! We had chocolate butterscotch cake last week that was to die for! Here's the recipe: chocolate butterscotch cake

3. My birthday isn't until February. But every year when it comes around, my husband makes the most decadent chocolate lava cakes with caramel syrup on top. IN-SANELY good. Your spoon goes in and the chocolate oozes -- hot and thick. I think this must be what heaven is like. Here's the recipe for that one: molten lava cake
And yes, my husband substitutes caramel for the mint sauce, which I highly recommend!

4. My favorite choice for candy is when the chocolate itself is soft, smooth and creamy and when the filling is ooey gooey caramel.Endorphins, here I come 

5. Of course, Halloween is also this month, so there's a guaranteed pick me up right there... Until you get to the point that you start feeling guilty for eating all that chocolate.

Have I set off your cravings yet?
Have a great weekend! 

ETA: OMG, as soon as I posted this entry, the sun came out!!