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The most important thing in my life is my family. I love my dear husband and 4 wonderful children (ages 11 through 18). I am a stay-at-home mom (my dream job!). Some of my favorite things to do include cooking (and eating!), photography, reading, piano, flute, watching my favorite TV shows, swimming, traveling, and most recently...using the rip stick with my kids. I would love to attend culinary school someday & fit my love of photography in with that somehow. My dream vacation is Italy - something I was recently blessed to experience! I'd love to return and see more of that beautiful and DELICIOUS country! My days are usually full of running kids to and from activities - scouts, sports, music and church. Sometimes I have to remind myself to breathe, but I absolutely LOVE my crazy life and the people I am lucky enough to share it with!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

white hot chocolate (from Ina Garten's 'The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook')

MAKES 9 cups; SERVES 8 TO 10
If traditional hot chocolate is so delicious and comforting, I thought, why not white hot chocolate? Nothing could be easier, and it is very satisfying on a cold winter day.

4 CUPS whole milk
4 CUPS half-and-half
1 POUND white chocolate, chopped
2 TEASPOONS pure vanilla extract
8 TO 10 vanilla beans

In a saucepan on medium heat, heat the milk and half-and-half to just below the simmering point. Remove the pan from the heat and add the white chocolate. When the chocolate is melted, add the vanilla and whisk vigorously. Reheat very gently and serve with a vanilla bean as a stirrer in each cup.

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