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Name That Recipe GIVEAWAY

Looking to my blogging mentor Jules (Go Jules Go) I’ve decided to be just like her copy her steal her thunder take her advice and host a giveaway. Since she’s tapped the market on ‘stache glasses, slap bracelets, and even canvas prints, I had to come up with something really clever to give away.

Blogging Mentor and Mentee (Jules and Rache)

I would love to send the inevitable winner a bevy of local products, but since winter squash and old potatoes are all that’s local right now, I’ll allow the contest to dictate the prize.

The Contest: Name That Recipe!

Last Friday I held a Fall Feast at my humble house. Feast we did. For dessert I made a traditional Apple Crisp and these giant chocolate muffin thingies covered in chocolate ganache and served with local pumpkin ice cream. Since “giant chocolate muffin thingies covered in chocolate ganache and served with local pumpkin ice cream” is a rather cumbersome name for this delicious dessert, I thought I’d rely on you, Clever Readers, for a proper name.

Read the recipe, look at the photos, and leave your awe-inspiring and innovative name in the comment section. I’ll even allow you to enter two names, if you think they’re both THAT good. Deadline is Monday, November 26 at 8 am (EST). I have so much faith in you!

But now on to more important things. Mainly, what’s the prize?

The Giveaway: Coffee, Personalized Mug, Fame

What goes best with giant chocolate anything? Strong black coffee of course! A pound of my favorite blend from my local coffee house, Brew Ha Ha. (I’m willing to send tea for those non-coffee drinkers out there. I don’t understand you, but I won’t discriminate.)


A mug much like this one…

I call it “Blog Self Portrait.” (That one art class in college really paid off.)

I will personalize a mug for the winner–a one-of-a-kind, priceless prize!

You know you want one

AND…yes, there’s more!

Your name and blog name/link (but you don’t need to be a blogger to enter) will appear forever on my Cook Local page next to your winning recipe name.

So what are you waiting for???

Name. That. Recipe!!!!


For the cake:

(The cake recipe is from Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder tin)

2 cups sugar

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

3/4 cup 100% Cacoa Cocoa Powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 cup low-fat milk

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup boiling water

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two giant-sized muffin tins (six to a tin).

Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Beat on medium speed of mixer for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be very, very thin). Pour batter into prepared muffin tins (this recipe makes ten muffins). Don’t fill them all the way to the top!

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes and carefully remove from pans to cool. Top with ganache.

Decadent but nameless goodness

For the ganache:

6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

3/4 cup heavy cream

Place chocolate chips in a medium bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat, bringing slowly to a boil. When cream is just at a boil, remove from heat and pour over the chocolate chips. Whisk until smooth. Allow to cool a bit before pouring over the cakes. If you’d like a thicker ganache, whisk until fluffy.

For a seasonal treat, serve with local pumpkin ice cream.

Whatchoo think? You have until November 26 at 8 am (EST) to Name That Recipe!


      • Perhaps I should point out the exquisite play on words contained in my first offering..gaga, as in crazy. Nosh, as in snack. So go crazy for this snack. And when you say it together out-loud, the last syllable of gaga plus nosh is “ga-nosh”, which SOUNDS like ganache. Get it? Get it? Hello – is this thing on?

      • Oh Peg, I knew EXACTLY what you were getting at. I kept saying it out loud in fact. It just rolls off the tongue. I’m so happy to see that you were thinking about this enough to come back and explain. That just earned you extra points, but don’t tell anyone. 🙂

  1. Mm. Looks like Chocolite Cellulite to me. ‘Cause that’s where it’ll end up. (And that’s just Dynomite! (I need to quit reading Angie’s blog before this.) I sure could use a mug and some coffee…

    PS — I sooo thought of you today cutting mustard greens, collard greens, radishes, bok choy, and buttercrunch lettuce from Bubba’s fields before T-giving. Four bags, $4. Super-duper fresh and organic greens. Ha!! It’s nice to be in Texas sometimes.

    • Chocolite Cellulite. hehe. Nice one.

      Ah, don’t speak to me of your $4 greens! I just paid $3.69 each for two bunches of kale. Well worth it, because Kale is one of my favorite things, but still. Next year I’m growing my own.

      • “Growing your own.” These days, you can say that with confidence and not even get arrested. 😉

        I know what you mean about prices. We pay nearly $3 a head for organic romaine at the grocer and still have to pick the caterpillars out of it. At least this way, my plants still have roots and I can store them on the counter top (in little buckets of water) and pick leaves only as I need — saving the fridge space for our T-giving leftovers!

  2. A giveaway? How Jules-like! 😉 That’s ok, I, too, am doing a giveaway inspired by Jules……for a mug, no less. (Seriously, this is getting freaky. Quit it!). 😉

    Ok, here’s mine:

    Cocoa Loco Local

    Choco-Punkin Mounds of Joy

    I won’t link it, but check out my Monday’s post if you wanna enter for MY mug. 😉

    • This is not a link free zone! Feel free to link any time. I trust you. 😉

      Did you see that Jules is having a giveaway too? Great minds…(or maybe we just want to BE Jules?)

      Nice entries. I always like the word Punkin.

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    • Just breathe, Jules. You can do this. I read your GEM of a post on Le Clown. YOU can do this in your SLEEP. You can even use the F-bomb if you need to.

      And I would say that Sloshed in Ganache is a F-bomb good entry.

  4. Ooh! Some great names thus far. I will declare a conflict with submitting a name since you are about to win my contest and entering this one now might seem a bit incestuous. Like a “takeover WordPress” type of plot.

    That choclately pumpkin combo thingy (see…no good with naming anyway) looks delicious by the way!

    Wai, is that cleavage on your cup giveaway?!

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