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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Expressly Espresso

Coffee, tea, hot cocoa - yum-yum, how sweet the brew! This time add espresso to the list. After all, 75% of all caffeine consumed in the United States is coffee. Espresso appears dark and strong with a lot of flavor & complexity in a tiny little cup, but it contains no more caffeine than a regular cup of coffee. It is the richness of its aroma and flavor that draws attention toward its desire. 

November 23 is...


There are many coffee-lovers, but espresso-lovers are a breed unto themselves. That one ounce cup (or a doppio, a double) provides intense aroma and flavor with NO calories. Espresso's enjoyment originated in 1855 when the first espresso machine was introduced at the Universal Exposition in Paris. It grew in popularity becoming a social experience. The advent of home espresso machines made brewing possible at home but many still prefer the professional touch that can be achieved only by experienced brewers.
For the espresso lover, it doesn't take a lot...in fact, just a shot!

Espresso is the base for other drinks, such as a caffè latte, cappuccino, caffè macchiato, cafe mocha, or caffè Americano.
Espresso is a terrific flavor enhancer for other foods and drinks...
 Espresso Ice with Anise Cream (Recipe)
 Chocolate Espresso Biscotti (Recipe)
Ah-h-h-h! the desserts...

Mocha Cake, Espresso Swiss Meringue Buttercream
with Chocolate Ganache (Recipe)

Chocolate Espresso Semifreddo (Recipe)

Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes (Recipe)

Enjoy National Espresso Day by visiting your favorite café, preparing a home brew or baking your own delicious delicacy flavored with espresso!

Is your mouth watering yet?

yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!

Next on the Calendar...The Perfect Snack