Thursday, May 3, 2012

Once Upon a Time...

Hot cocoa and a great book: never a bad combination...

Yes, I adore Breaking Bad, a show about a chemistry teacher who turns to the ugly world of drug-dealing to support his family. Yes, I also adore Once Upon a Time, a show about fairy-tale characters trapped in the real-world after an evil curse makes them forget their true identities. Hey, a good show is a good show, no matter what the plot! If you watch Once Upon a Time, I hope you're as riveted as I am by the fairy tale make-overs given to our favorite childhood stories, as well as the all-around fierceness that is the cast, especially one Ms. Ginnifer Goodwin (who plays a fiery version of Ms. Snow White). I've been a fan of Ginnifer's since I caught her in Big Love. She brings so much truth to each of her characters and has such a genuine vulnerability... it's really difficult to take your eyes off this l'il diva when she's onscreen.

This brings me to this post's recipe: very simple one for hot cocoa. I know what you're thinking: hot cocoa in Los Angeles? Bear with me. I believe that a good cup of this stuff is the perfect ending to a long day, specifically one involving sitting in your car for 2 hours stuck in L.A. traffic, but that's another story. If you watch this show, you know Snow make a mean cup of hot cocoa, and that her extra fun ingredient is a dash of cinnamon on top. If you've been reading any of my previous recipes, you know how much I love cinnamon, especially when it's paired with chocolate. Just try it friend! You might be pleasantly surprised!

 Hot Cocoa, inspired by Snow:

1 cup Silk Light Vanilla soy milk, (or whatever milk you prefer, this is just my fave)!
1 generous teaspoon of natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1.5 equally generous teaspoons of granulated sugar
A pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
A few squeezes of Hershey's Chocolate Syrup (optional)

I told you this is a super easy one:

(1) Microwave your cup of milk for 1.5 minutes. If you are currently microwave-less like me, you can heat the milk in a saucepan on low heat. Just be sure not tell let it sit for too long, because it could burn, and that definitely makes for a not-so-tasty mess. If it starts to boil, take it off the stove immediately.
(2) Stir in the cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract.
(3) This is optional fun, but if so inclined, take that Hershey's syrup and squeeze a little chocolate syrupy love into that cup of yours.
(4) Dust the top of your cocoa with the cinnamon!

Speaking of Snow, do you know who else loves her? My pretty and oh-so-witty friend, Meredith Alloway. Meredith is an actress/writer/all-around cool cat who writes really honest and funny reviews for The Script Lab. Check out her latest one for Mirror Mirror, featuring yet another ladybug playing our fave gal who bit the apple:

http://thescriptlab.com/movie-reviews/movie-reviews/1762-mirror-mirror-comedy-over-character

There's also links to other film reviews of recent releases by her and her colleagues. Please take a moment to check it out. Seriously you won't regret it...Mere keeps it real! Now go enjoy that hot cocoa with an episode of Once Upon a Time by clicking on the link below, (or pair it with a few chapters of Jane Eyre if you're supercool like me tonight).

http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/once-upon-a-time



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