Originally created 11/29/06

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A friendly voice, doable recipes and party-friendly tips that emphasize a can-do spirit make The Two of Us ... and Friends, by caterer Jessie Carry Saunders, a great resource for anyone new to entertaining. The book is at some Borders and Barnes & Noble bookstores and amazon.com.

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WARM UP

CURL UP WITH A CUP

In need of a quick warm-up on a frigid evening? Try Hot Cherry Chocolate from Fred Thompson's recent cookbook, Hot Chocolate.

HOT CHERRY CHOCOLATE

(Start to finish: 15 minutes)

6 cups whole milk

2 cups heavy cream

1 cups chocolate syrup

cup plus 2 tablespoons maraschino cherry syrup

1 tablespoon powdered sugar

4 red maraschino cherries with stems

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, 1 cup of the cream, the chocolate syrup and cup of the cherry syrup. Cook, stirring, until the mixture has bubbles around the edge of the pan. Do not boil. Reduce heat to low to keep warm. Use an electric mixer to beat the remaining cream until foamy. While beating, gradually add the powdered sugar and remaining cherry syrup. Beat until soft peaks form. Ladle the hot chocolate into mugs.

Makes 4 servings.

- Associated Press

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