Saturday, October 29, 2011

Second Book

Chocolates By Imagination Fall and Winter
My Second chocolate cookbook on adorable and delicious chocolate molding and dipping for the home Chocolateir.
Saturday I had a great time signing books for Mary and her friends and family.

Halloween Fun

 Now that I have retired from chocolate manufacturing and am writing chocolate cookbooks, I have time to have some fun decorating for Autumn.

I love these Jack-o-Lanterns. I bought them at an after season sale a few years ago 70% off. Now I have instant Halloween with no mess.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Holiday Book is ready

Just in time for the Holidays. 
Chocolates By Imaginations
 Fall and Winter
My newest book on making adorable and delicious chocolate molding and dipping for the home chocolatier. It has chapters on Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Chapter six will give you ideas on dipped confections, great for gift giving and holiday parties.
200 pages. 72 recipes all with photos.
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Brig

This is the grand stands at the Del Mar race track. We are at the Brigantine restaurant, hands down my favorite restaurant. You can sit on the balcony and watch the races, you can even hear the thunder of the horses as they charge by. Behind me is the Pacific Ocean.
The shrimp cocktail and fish tacos are the best!!


Pipe's Cafe in Cardiff By the Sea. All the local and Pro surfers eat here. It's only open for breakfast but it is one of my favorite places to eat. The portions are huge!

Pacific Ocean

Taking a few days off from the the book for some R&R. This is the Pacific Ocean at Del Mar, Ca. The only Sun we had, but it was beautiful anyway.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Just had to share!

Today I was making chocolates to photograph for my next Chocolate Cookbook. These chocolate confection Rudolf suckers are just too cute to keep to myself. I hope you enjoy then too. Sonia

Monday, July 25, 2011

Funny Observations

Theobroma Cacao
Funny observations: "The economy is so bad that I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail. I ordered a burger at McDonald's and the kid asked "can you afford fries with that?" CEO's are now playing miniature golf. Hot Wheels stock is trading higher than GM. A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico. Motel 6 won't leave the light on anymore. The mafia is laying off judges.
-Mike Ward

Friday, July 22, 2011

Chocolate Lighthouse

Sometimes I'm surprised at what I can make with chocolate coatings. This 3-D lighthouse stands about 8" high. It is semi hollow so it is a lot of chocolate.  I have complete instructions on how to make it in my book Spring and Summer.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

It is still the season for strawberries. Here I have a variety including Dark Chocolate with white drizzle, Peanut Butter Chocolate with dark drizzle and White Chocolate with dark drizzle. I also used some fun sprinkles. Try serving them instead of, or with cookies and brownies. You'll probably need several per person. Let me know if you would like the recipe I use.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sneak Peek

Mr and Mrs. Rudolf
I was going though some of the pictures I might use for the next book and wanted to share this great picture taken by my dear friend Jodi. The body is made with chocolate dipped marshmallows and the legs, head and tail are molded chocolate.  Sooo cute, thanks Jodi.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Baby Shower Duckies

Chocolate Duckies

These baby duckies are great for many occasions, especially baby showers. Use you blue or pink ribbon to reveal the gender of the new baby. You can also put a label on the back with congratulations to Mom and Dad.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Spring and Summer

I would like to tell you about my new book. Chocolates By Imagination - Spring and Summer. What I tried to do with this book is give you my 30 years of chocolate making experience. I have been teaching my employees to make chocolates for 16 years at my company, Chocolates By Imagination. I love to make beautiful chocolate novelties and I love to share what I have learned all these years.
Some of the techniques in the book are common, used daily by industry confectioners. Some of the techniques I have developed over time to make the process quick and simple. I truly believe anyone can make wonderful chocolates with the right instructions and encouragement.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Charlie and the Chocolate factory

I was 11 when my big sister gave me the 1964 version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Back then all my friends were reading it. The story fascinated me. What an imagination! Ten years later I went to a chocolate making class in a friends home. I have been making chocolates ever sense. 30 years, WOW!  Now I have written my first cookbook on how to make all types of wonderful chocolate novelties.  Chocolates By Imagination Spring and Summer. I hope Willy would be pround.

prayfordavid: "I will be still and know You are God"

prayfordavid: "I will be still and know You are God"