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Strawberry & Chocolate Nachos

Strawberry & Chocolate Nachos
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: sometimes the best creations are the ones you don’t set out to create! This might be my new favorite thing. It’s the perfect easy, throw-together, family style dessert for summer. I did a local tv segment this week and made my Baked Cinnamon Chips and Fruit Salsa. When I got home I had a bag full of cinnamon chips left over and started snacking. Then my boys walked in from the back yard with handfuls of strawberries from our garden and I started thinking about how chocolate covered strawberries sounded so good right then because my first thought when I see any sort of food product is how it would taste covered in chocolate. So I chopped up those berries and let them sit in a spoonful of sugar for a bit. Then I sprinkled them all over those crispy cinnamon-sugar coated chips. I grabbed some chocolate chips, and ate a few. Adding just a touch of vegetable oil or shortening to your chocolate makes it nice and smooth for drizzling. Holy Frijoles.

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ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro Denver, 80202 - Reviews at Voice Places Lon Symensma did time in Michelin two-star restaurants in France, traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia and China, was part of the opening crew of Jean-Georges in Shanghai, and went on to open and operate Buddakan in New York City. But now he's taken a bite out of Denver with ChoLon, a 120-seat Southeast Asian restaurant. Working from an astonishingly furnished open kitchen that gleams with the latest (and greatest) equipment, the crew at this sleek spot turns out a monsoon of small bites -- all of which are meant to be eaten without utensils or chopsticks -- as well as large plates and wok dishes. The window-wrapped dining room, artfully strewn with bamboo and decorated with reclaimed walnut accents, conversation-piece chandeliers, solar panels, stylish banquettes and a community table, is complemented by a cosmopolitan bar that's sensibly hooked up to Wi-Fi.

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