Janice Harper

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I am a cultural anthropologist, writer and mom with a penchant for cooking my troubles away in the kitchen. My most recent mission has been to democratize chocolate making for the masses, teaching and preaching the Zen of chocolate tempering and molding to all who dare dip themselves in the delicious mess of melting chocolate. For more on my adventures in chocolate and other mishaps and adventures, click on my blog, The Chocolate Covered Kitchen, at www.chocolatecoveredkitchen.com.

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Posts by Janice Harper

July 18, 2011

christopher elbow

As readers of my previous posts on chocolate may know, my favorite all time chocolate maker is Christopher Elbow, whose chocolates are so stunning they could accessorize a Chanel suit and taste so...

June 13, 2011

chocolate covered potato chips

With salted caramels all the rage, you’d think that salt and chocolate were a new idea.  But salty chocolates can be traced back to 1544, when a German pretzel maker, Herr Joseph von Franz...

May 17, 2011

cocoa nibs

In Part I and Part II of my interview with Debra Music, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Theo, I discussed the early years of launching Theo, her own role in bringing Social and Cause...

May 17, 2011

Theo chocolate bars

In my recent tour of the Theo Chocolate Factory and interview with Debra Music, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, I had the lucky opportunity to sample an array of some of their finest...

May 16, 2011

On Sunday five chefs and chocolatiers gathered at Seattle’s Chocolopolis store to judge the first Serious Chocolate Contest.  The four categories included Best Baked Chocolate Dessert,...

May 16, 2011

serving chocolate

This weekend was a chocolate addict’s Love Fest in Seattle, beginning with the Seattle Luxury Chocolate Salon on Saturday and ending with Chocolopolis' Serious Chocolate Contest on Sunday...

May 16, 2011

Chinese cuisine

While traveling through Europe once upon a time, I met a man in Paris who said to me, “Thank God for the Chinese.  They’ve traveled across the globe and wherever they land, they...

May 12, 2011

Interview with Deb Music of Theo Chocolates, Part II

Read Part I here... While almost every child in the northern hemisphere has grown up loving chocolate, few have pursued their dreams so far as Joe Whinney, founder of Theo Chocolate.  After a career...

May 9, 2011

Deb Music

If you’re lucky enough to live near a chocolate factory, you’re lucky enough, some might say. And as luck would have it, to those of us who live in Seattle, it doesn’t take a golden ticket to step...

April 28, 2011

A Conversation with My Drunk Kitchen's Hannah Hart

The most important cooking tip Hannah Hart wants her viewers to remember is this: “Always use a butter knife for everything.”  Which may explain why she has so far focused on such culinary...

April 23, 2011

7 Great Easter Chocolates

With Easter Sunday just about here, you might be wondering what to put in those Easter baskets to make them extra special, especially when there are only forty-eight hours left to go and you still...

April 22, 2011

Eat the Earth

In celebration of Earth Day it seems fitting to reflect on the eaters of earth – those people who crave big chunks of our planet in their daily diet, whether in the form of freshly dug clay, a piece...

April 15, 2011

Celebrate Tax Day with a Tea Party

Although you still have until Monday, the 18th, to pay taxes this year, the 15th of April still sends a shiver of PTSD through the minds of many Americans, for whom doling out more money to pay the...

April 13, 2011

3 Ideas for Chocolate Tastings

As more and more people turn from indulging in chocolate “decadence” – those big rich, chocolate desserts which taste fantastic but wrap themselves around the waistline like an anaconda – to high...

April 7, 2011

Kids Who Blog

Step aside Martha, you’ve got some stiff competition coming up!  It seems the world of bloggers is being taken over by kids, and the food and entertaining industry is on their radar.  Three such...

April 6, 2011

The Best Chocolate Teas

A hot steaming pot of freshly steeped tea (loose-leaf, please) and a bar of artisan chocolate just may be the next best thing to a trip to the spa. But even better is a chocolate tea to accompany...

April 1, 2011

It’s a curious thing, April Fool’s Day. This day of trickery and teasing has been around for hundreds of years and shows up in more countries than Coca Cola. Well, maybe it’s not...

March 30, 2011

coffee beans

Here in the Pacific Northwest, it’s practically heretical to buy a fish, a loaf and a bottle of wine without considering their origin and varietal.  Farm raised, or wild caught?  ...

March 24, 2011

Hungry for Solutions

As Hunger Awareness Week draws to a close, let us not forget that global hunger itself has increased just since the week began. It is so easy for those of us with plenty to eat to keep hunger...

March 23, 2011

A History of Solstice Feasts

As the cold, dark winter turns to spring and the earth nudges baby sprouts into the brightening sunlight, gardeners and farmers around the globe plant seeds for a bountiful harvest to come. ...

March 19, 2011

3 Reasons to Like White Chocolate

Call me a white girl.  Not just because that’s what I am, for better or worse, but because I have finally gone to the other side and discovered that the wretched, putrid, sickeningly sweet...

March 18, 2011

Interview with Lauren Adler, Chocolopolis Founder Part II

This is the second part of an interview with Chocolopolis' founder, Lauren Adler. View part one here Asked where she sees the store going in the near future, Chocolopolis founder Lauren Adler is...

March 18, 2011

Interview with the Queen of Chocolopolis, Lauren Adler

Part I of an Interview with Chocolopolis’ Founder Lauren Adler... When Howard Schultz set out to change the way people drink coffee, few could envision just how far his mission would take him.  From...

March 15, 2011

The History of Corned Beef and Cabbage

When Grover Cleveland took the Presidential Oath of Office in 1885, he was appalled to find that his rotund predecessor, the all but forgotten Chester A. Arthur, had transformed White House dining...

March 9, 2011

Men, Women, and Why We Eat Meat

What does our culture tell us about food, and what does food tell us about ourselves and the cultures we live in? Tune in each Tuesday as I pull out my Ph.D. and write on the anthropology of food...

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