Well, while that might be debatable, one great time to enjoy the Best Ever Hot Chocolate cocktail is book club night with the girls — where we not only get to discuss the book we’ve read that month, we also get to enjoy fabulous food and beverages!
As I was preparing the Banana’s Foster casserole and a big batch of Best Ever Hot Chocolate, my husband noted that we ladies always seem to eat great food. To which I explained “that’s because we always cook”. … Simple, no?
Anyway, before I get into the book discussion/review, let me give you the recipe for Best Ever Hot Chocolate, courtesy of Sandra Lee.
BEST EVER HOT CHOCOLATE
- 1 cup half-and-half
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet morsels)
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 oz. vanilla vodka
In a saucepan, combine half-and-half, chocolate chips, and cinnamon. Heat over medium heat* for 5 minutes or until chocolate is melted, stirring frequently. (Do not boil) Pour into mug. Stir in vodka. Mmmmm.
* I simply put all the ingredients in the microwave, for 5 minutes, stirring after each minute. Easy, breezy.
Now on to the book club discussion. First, of course, we ate great salads and dips, followed by 2 deserts – the aforementioned Bananas Foster, and a fabulous strawberry pudding (made from SCRATCH!) Yum!
We do love our cocktails, we do love our deserts, but we also love our BREAD. But did we get any bread? No, we did not — Ms. J, we not only missed your lively discussion this month, but we missed your delightful homemade BREAD.
Moving, on… the book we discussed was THE LAW OF SIMILARS. Leland Fowler (a prosecutor), whose wife died 2 yrs. ago in an accident, suffers the stress of raising a small child on his own, with a chronic low grade sore throat that conventional medicine has been unable to heal. Leland turns to homeopath Carissa Lake–who cures his sore throat and the two fall instantly in love. Mere days later, one of Carissa’s asthma patients falls into an allergy-induced coma, and questions arise as to Carissa’s culpability. The attorney in Leland takes over, as he aggressively handles the situation, altering records and setting both Leland and Carissa on a path of destruction.
My feeling is THE LAW OF SIMILARS was boring - it contained only one story line and it drrraaaaaggged on forever. This could have been written in a 5 page magazine short story. And I still wouldn’t have liked Leland or Clarissa, or her idiot asthma patient.
But the Best Ever Hot Chocolate? That I liked. A lot. Semi-HomeTested ratings are LUSH IT, LUSH IT A LOT, or LEAVE IT.
The Book – LEAVE IT. The Best Ever Hot Chocolate cocktail however, is a definite Semi-HomeTested LUSH IT A LOT!
So, read a good book – I suggest TESTIMONY – which is our December book club choice, and curl up with a hot mug of the Best Ever Hot Chocolate.