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 Celebrate NatioHomemade Chocolate Candiesnal Milk Chocolate Day on July 28, 2010. Grab a piece of milk chocolate and savor it as it melts in your mouth. Now, you've done your part!

Enjoy these fun chocolate facts -

 

- Milk Chocolate was invented by the Swiss. In 1875, Milk Chocolate was introduced when condensed milk was added to cocoa powder

- Americans consume 50% of chocolate each year

- 65% of American chocolate eaters prefer milk chocolate

Who created National Milk Chocolate Day? Who knows. Most likely, this sweet day was created by chocolate confectioners.

For smooth and creamy milk chocolate and other fine products, visit http://www.DOVE-Chocolate-Discoveries.com/AimeeWilson.

Savor life's best,

Aimee 

 

Sources: www.CandyUSA.com and  ChocolateSmarts - www.smartsco.com

 


 
Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

I love reality shows, mainly the competition type versus the one-person focused type (you know, shows that follow one person or a group of people around).  When I have a chance to watch television, typically the Food Network is one of my favorites.

So, I naturally enjoy the Next Food Network Star, which has the food, the reality, and competition I like.  On Sunday, I watched another edition of the Next Food Network Star where a shake up on the frontrunners occurred.  For me, several contestants pulled to the front - they had great presence and awesome looking food (I wish there was smellevision). 

For the Star Challenge, the contestants were given a carnival sweet treat to turn into a savory dish.  As an Independent Chocolatier with DOVE Chocolate Discoveries, my interest was piqued as I am always looking out for sweet-to-savory inspirations or conversions.

While there was no "overt" chocolate dishes converted in this episode, what was amazing to me was the great-looking dishes and the lackluster promotional effort by some of the contestants.  Interacting with the guests during this challenge was a major element to their evaluation.  A number of contestants lacked the proverbial "walk and chew gum" syndrome.  What is a pretty face without the ability to sell yourself and your food?

Although the elimination segment lacked the suspense and intensity of The Apprentice, I was not sure who would be eliminated at the end of this episode.  Frankly, all of the contestants in the bottom three deserved to go home.  Until next time...

Savor life's best,

Aimee

 


 
Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

I rarely get a chance to watch a show when it first airs.  The Next Food Network Star premiered tonight and I am torn about the quality of the contestants.  A number of contestants seemed "pre-packaged" - they were great chefs and very comfortable during the camera challenges.  At the same time, there were outright disasters - stiff during the camera challenges, uncooked food presented, and one of the contestants could not define herself.

My love for food far exceeds my culinary abilities.  My desire to experiment with food has grown since I started a chocolate business with DOVE Chocolate Discoveries.  I would love to see a challenge with chocolate as the feature and see how the pressure mixed with the fun of chocolate plays out on camera.

Savor life's best,

Aimee

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Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

Remember the paper valentines you used to give out in elementary school. In retrospect, what I liked was everyone got one. No one was singled out or felt left behind. This year, bring that feeling back. It doesn't have to be expensive. Think about those on your team and how you can express appreciation for their daily efforts.  This becomes important these days as life is presenting many challenges and a token of appreciation will go a long way.

Years ago, I worked in an office that had low dividers. When someone got a delivery of flowers, even if you didn't know them that well, you'd find a reason to stop by and say "Hey, I see you got some flowers. Those are beautiful", hoping something will arrive for you soon.  Don't make members of your circle of friends or influence wonder if you appreciate their support!

Now, if you are considering a Valentine's Day gift for someone you know on a personal or professional basis or you want something special for the one you love, here are a few possibilities:

1. Something homemade or handmade - to know someone took the time to craft a homemade items or something made by hand (e.g., a food or other item) for you, you definitely will feel special.

2. Something you do FOR them - if you know someone who has a hectic schedule and they keep talking about things they need to do, offer to do it for them.  The gift of time and consideration speaks volumes and shares goodwill exponentially.

3. Something to do WITH them - taking the time to create an experience with someone you care for or love and having shared memories deepen the important  relationships we have.  Dining out, visiting a museum, taking a trip, playing a game are just a few suggestions to show caring feelings for someone.  Taking the time for a team-building session or stepping away from the seriousness of your work lets those you rely on in the workplace feel recognized and appreciated.

Giving a visible gift that someone can show-off and let others know how loved and cared for still works for Valentine's Day.  If you do not want to go that route of sparkling jewelry, upscale clothing, or the latest gadget, consider the gift of time and spend it with those with whom you appreciate the most.

Savor life's best,

Aimee


 
Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

I am absolutely thrilled to have the chance to see "The Next Food Network Star" marathon on The Food Network.  I'm usually otherwise occupied with personal, family or business obligations.  So, my television viewing has been limited.

It's New Year's Eve and I'm home relaxing.  I'll make some hors d'oeuvres for my family to snack on while we wait for the new year to come in.  However, for the past few hours, I've been watching "The Next Food Network Star" marathon, which is a fine mixture of food and reality show.

I enjoy the reality show format of competition and elimination (e.g., The Apprentice or Amazing Race) rather than the type that follows an individual or group of individuals over a period of time.  Watching food shows is definitely time that I savor.  I used to watch food shows and cook my weekly meals as entertainment when I was in graduate school and had very limited outlets primarily due to minimal discretionary money.

Since becoming an Independent Chocolatier with DOVE Chocolate Discoveries, I've moved from a recreational cook or someone who cooks out of necessity to creating amazing recipes using DOVE Chocolate.  The part that I like the best is having a chance to amaze people with the versatility of chocolate in drinks, desserts, sauces, baked goods, finishing dishes, and more.

In order to prepare for the Chocolate Tasting Parties, where we demonstrate recipes using chocolate, I practice.  Here is where I stretch the most:  I follow the recipes and I experiment (that is something I would not even consider before starting my chocolate business).  Each week, I take one of our products or recipes from our Entertaining Guide to work with so I can teach others how to make them.  At times, I get an additional item to try or use an alternative DOVE Chocolate Discoveries product to use.  Actually, this experimentation stemmed from initially having a limited supply of products and realizing I might need to prepare an item and may not have an ingredient readily available to me (getting to the grocery store with a tight schedule can be a challenge).

While others are preparing for a night on the town, I've had a great evening already.  I can't wait to see who wins this <wink>

Have a Happy and Prosperous 2009!

Savor life's best,

Aimee


 


 
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