After months of anticipation, it's almost here. Christmas: My favorite season and holiday.
This year is particularly special because it marks the first time Matt will meet my parents, brother and some of my dear friends. In two days, we'll fly to Nashville, Tenn., to spend Christmas week with them. After that, we'll go to Denver, Colo., to ring in the New Year with Matt's family, and I'll attempt snowboarding for the first time. I can't wait.
As I look forward to the joyous moments that lie ahead, I simultaneously think back to what this Christmas season has already delivered: a night spent decorating our tree; going to see a theater performance of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas; meeting up with friends and family at the annual December Nights festival; viewing an awe-inspiring computerized Christmas light display; and drinking The Best Hot Chocolate Ever.
All credit for the latter goes to my better half, who never ceases to amaze me with his culinary talent and his undying quest to make my dark chocolate wishes -- and all my dreams -- come true. When you try this recipe, you'll understand why it got its name.
So, dear readers, as I begin to pack my bags to head home, I leave you with a taste of our holiday season and say, "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a sweet night."
The Best Hot Chocolate Ever
Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over simmering water until smooth and warm, stirring occasionally.
Heat the milk in a separate pot over a medium heat until its steaming, stirring occasionally.
Spoon the chocolate evenly into two mugs. Pour the milk over the chocolate in each cup. Whisk vigorously until the chocolate and milk are combined. Top with marshmallows (optional), and enjoy!