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If you’re a loyal reader of MBH, then you’re well aware that I have a thing for chocolate. And when it’s dark chocolate, all the better. Major bonus points if it’s Lindt EXCELLENCE. So when I was asked to host a chocolate and wine pairing party (featuring this refined, intense dark chocolate and wines from J. Lohr Estates), I’m pretty sure I said yes before they could finish the question.

Lindt EXCELLENCE Chocolate & J. Lohr Wines Pairing Party | http://mybakingheart.com #LindtPairing

Every single piece is created by the Lindt Master Swiss Chocolatier’s unmatched expertise to perfectly combine the most refined intense dark chocolate and the finest ingredients into thin shapes, allowing you to elevate yourself to the ultimate chocolate pleasure experience.

My favorite by far was the EXCELLENCE Pineapple paired with J. Lohr’s Riverstone Chardonnay. I’m normally not a dry white wine-kinda-girl, but when the two of these are mixed together, it’s an amazing thing. The one that garnered the most votes of the evening, though, was the EXCELLENCE Intense Orange. There’s just something about cocoa and citrus that melds so perfectly well. And the guests didn’t mind when I handed out seconds and thirds of this flavor!

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Lindt EXCELLENCE Pineapple paired with J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay
Bright aromas of apples, pears and lemons in this rich, well-balanced Chardonnay pair perfectly with the naturally sweet pineapple and roasted hazelnut pieces in the EXCELLENCE Pineapple bar, providing a delightful finish of caramel and cream. EXCELLENCE Pineapple, masterfully made to pair perfectly with Chardonnay, provides the perfect pairing for lovers of both Chardonnay and dark chocolate.

Lindt EXCELLENCE Intense Orange paired with J. Lohr Estates Bay Mist White Riesling
Enticing notes of lychee, pear and orange are present in this bright and luscious wine. It is the ideal match for the sweet citrus profile and equally complex EXCELLENCE Intense Orange. Full fruit flavors and a balanced seam of refreshing acidity work in harmony to create perfection!

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Lindt EXCELLENCE A Touch of Sea Salt paired with J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir
The fresh ripe berries in this wine are accompanied by a touch of earth and brown sugar that complement the sharpness of the Fleur de Sel and sweet cacao characteristics of EXCELLENCE A Touch of Sea Salt. Together they invoke flavors reminiscent of fresh cream, butter and finish with a pleasant tanginess.

Lindt EXCELLENCE Chili paired with J. Lohr Estates South Ridge Syrah
This is an excellent red wine with deep, rich fruit aromas and flavors of pomegranate, blueberry and prune with a spicy finish. Experience it with EXCELLENCE Chili, a fine aromatic sweet dark chocolate perfumed with premium red chili. Enjoyed together, they create a spicy warmth that bursts onto the palate.

Lindt EXCELLENCE 70% Cocoa paired with J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon
Ripe aromas of blueberry and black plum meld with a rich bouquet of chocolate and hazelnut in this superb wine. Pair it with the balanced and rich EXCELLENCE 70% Cocoa, which features notes of tobacco, leather and roasted nuts. They are a match in both depth, body and finish with a creaminess that coats the palate.

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My friends at Lindt are generously giving away one of these beautiful gift boxes filled with a variety of Lindt EXCELLENCE chocolate flavors to a lucky My Baking Heart reader! Just follow the prompts below and you’re entered to win!

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored opportunity with Lindt EXCELLENCE & J. Lohr Wines and compensation was provided by Lindt; however, the photography & opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author. Giveaway restricted to United States residents only; ends September 19th, 2014.

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Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet Cookbook | http://mybakingheart.com

This Summer was a busy one for us. There were get-togethers, baby showers, dog-sitting adventures, birthdays, campouts at the lake and new volunteer opportunities for me in the Junior League. The big change? Chris switched careers, traveling for a few days here, home for a few there… and I had to readjust to living alone. Sure, I’d done this before. We did date long-distance for the better part of our premarital relationship. However, after two years of adapting to life together day-to-day, this ended up feeling different.

Knowing that I was leaving work to arrive at an empty house and an empty bed was rough (although, sleeping a la king-size all by myself hasn’t been too bad). The hardest part, though, has been cooking for one. But when I utilize the slow-cooker, there’s plenty for me and enough for lunch and dinner the next day. Which is why I’m super-excited to announce the launch of Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet: Healthy Slow Cooker Dinners from our Kitchens to Yours.

As one of over 30 bloggers who teamed up to gather healthy & affordable slow cooker dinner recipes, I’m extremely proud of this gorgeous cookbook. And since we wanted this book to help out in a huge way, here’s what we’ve done: ALL of the proceeds from the print copy of the book are going to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

To purchase a print version of the book via Amazon, just click here.

In addition to this, Feeding America food banks from across the country are giving the ebook version as a free gift to their donors. So when you make a donation, the ebook will land in your inbox, ready to read.

Can’t wait for Amazon to ship to your doorstep? Click here and donate now!

September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign mobilizing the public to take action on the issue of hunger. So to help get the word out about hunger in America and our cookbook, some generous sponsors have jumped on board. Together, San Miguel Produce, Grimmway Farms and Old Oak Farms by RPE Produce are making some big contributions to help end hunger.

They are each contributing food to their local food banks AND they are giving $5 for every print copy of the book that we sell (up to $600). That’s in addition to the proceeds from the book that are already going to the food bank! You’re helping to end hunger in America in a huge way AND you get a beautiful cookbook!

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Slow-Cooker Barbacoa Tacos from My Baking Heart

Along with Hamilton Beach, the above sponsors have put together some amazing giveaways to get you excited & to help us make a big splash with the launch of this book!

By following the prompts below, you have up to 15 chances to win one of two prize packs!!

First Prize:
(1) Hamilton Beach Set & Forget® Programmable 6 Quart Slow Cooker
(1) Print Copy of Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet: Healthy Slow Cooker Dinners from our Kitchens to Yours

Second Prize:
(1) Print Copy of Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet: Healthy Slow Cooker Dinners from our Kitchens to Yours

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And this is just from My Baking Heart! In addition to copies of the books and slow cookers, the co-editors of the book, Jennifer and Christine, are also giving away one prize of free carrots for a year from Grimmway Farms, one prize of free greens for a year from San Miguel and a potato prize pack from Old Oak Farms by RPE Produce including 40 pounds of potatoes and 1 Bamboo Bowl, 1 cutting board, 1 pepper mill, 1 measuring spoon set, 1 recipe booklet, 1 about potatoes booklet.

To see all of the amazing bloggers who participated in this cookbook and to find out where to go to enter again and again (and again!) to win all of these amazing prizes, visit Christine and Jennifer’s blogs.

To help get the word out about hunger and how our book is helping, we’re also having a bunch of twitter parties. Print copies of the cookbook will be given away at all of them and some will have extra prizes as well. A slow cooker might even appear!

Our main twitter party is September 18 at 9pm Eastern. Just follow #slowNwholeCookbook. We will also be joining Courntey Crozier, a former contestant from The Biggest Loser, for her weekly #justcrunchem twitter parties on September 11th, September 18th and September 25th from 8-9pm Eastern.

Be sure to enter my giveaway above, visit the other blogs and get those donations in!

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Disclosure: This is a collaborative effort and compensation was provided in the form of a slow-cooker by Hamilton Beach; however, the photography & opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author. Giveaway prizes are sponsored by Hamilton Beach, San Miguel Produce, Grimmway Farms and Old Oak Farms by RPE Produce. Affiliate links included. Giveaway restricted to United States residents only; ends September 30th, 2014.

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Perfect Pasta Dishes: A Foodie Collection

September 2, 2014

Check out Perfect Pasta Dishes by Jessica at Foodie.com If you go by Starbucks’ calendar, Fall arrived last week, but officially, it won’t be here for a few more weeks. However, I’m already starting to decorate the house with pumpkins, wash with pumpkin-scented soaps and pop those cans of pureed pumpkin. I can feel Autumn […]

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Creamy Greek Yogurt Gazpacho

August 29, 2014

In the hopes that I don’t jinx the weather in the next few weeks, I’m going to be completely honest and say that we’ve had a pretty mild summer here in North Texas. Sure, there’ve been a few days here and there where it was sticky hot and you couldn’t breathe when you stepped foot […]

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Citrusy Kale Salad with Blake’s All Natural Meals

August 27, 2014

If you participate in Community Shared Agriculture (or CSA, for short), then I’m extremely jealous of you. Seeing photos of the colorful bounty that arrives on the doorsteps of my friends, tends to get me a little green. Having a CSA share and living in the middle of nowhere isn’t as compatible as you’d think. […]

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Summer Grillin’ with Red Gold

August 10, 2014

Red Gold is bringing several easy & delicious Summer Grilling Recipes to the table this Summer. From the Spicy Tomato Burger above to the Caribbean Chicken Burger and Goat Cheese-Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Burger, everyone’s taste is accompanied for. And it’s a breeze to upgrade your burgers. Just by mixing in a variation of Red Gold’s […]

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Bon Appetit: An Homage to Julia Child

August 1, 2014

Check out Bon Appétit: An Homage to Julia Child by Jessica at Foodie.com It’s no secret that I began my blogging journey with a love of baking. My grandmother and mother, the two most important women in my life, created that love in me many years ago. However, once I started adding recipes to my […]

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Roasted Corn Salsa & Grilling with OXO!

July 24, 2014

With summer in full swing and the temperatures heating up, I’m finding that we’re spending more and more time around the grill. We’re big fans of grilling the norm: steaks, chicken, vegetables (and even grilled pizza!), so whenever OXO offered to send over new tools to help out in the grilling process, we were all […]

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Snickerpoodles & Duke’s 1st Birthday!

July 8, 2014

Just last week, our sweet little boy celebrated his first birthday. And if you saw his birthday portrait that I posted on Instagram, you’re probably thinking, “He’s not so ‘little’ anymore!” We’ve enjoyed this year of firsts and are blessed with his adorable smiles, loving personality and eagerness to learn. He really is a wonderful […]

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I Scream, You Scream, It’s All About the Ice Cream!

July 1, 2014

Check out I Scream, You Scream, It's All About the Ice Cream by Jessica at Foodie.com When I think of Summer, I think of ice cream. Crunchy waffle cones with double the scoops, frosty bowls full of homemade vanilla, drizzled with hot fudge and colorful sprinkles, or chilled glasses topped with fizzy soda for a […]

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