To a More Perfect Union

#ToAMorePerfectUnion | Freckled Italian

I had planned an essay post today but was hit with some pretty heavy writers block. One of my goals for 2017 is to not push things that aren't ready--to do better in all the areas of my life, but especially the creative ones. Sometimes that means just being patient.

Then I came across this lovely poster made by two super talented people whose paths I've crossed in Charlotte, and I felt called to share it with you today, on the inauguration of the next President of the United States. Regardless of your party affiliation or political beliefs, I think we all ought to commit to a more perfect union.

A few of my favorite points:

  • You have power in creativity. Unleash it. Wield it.
  • Remember your immigrant roots.
  • Think critically. Act empathetically. 
  • If you're scared to speak up, you must.
  • Manifest passion, respect, love, and open-mindedness.

Thank you for creating this, Sam and Matt

Recipe: Chocolate Fondue

Chocolate Fondue Recipe | Freckled Italian

I made some savory cheese and oil fondues for La Crema this week, so you know I had to take a few extra minutes and whip up a chocolate fondue! I have been really into raspberries lately--I love them on their own, but you really can't beat a fresh berry dipped in warm chocolate sauce. I also picked up some strawberries, blackberries, and some really beautiful satsuma mandarins.

This recipe is really easy--you only really need the two main ingredients (cream and chocolate), but I like to add about a tablespoon of butter to make it super smooth and silky.

Chocolate Fondue Recipe | Freckled Italian

Chocolate Fondue 


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon of grass-fed butter (optional but encouraged!)


  1. Use your fondue pot (or a regular saucepan) to heat up the cream. 
  2. Slowly add chocolate and stir to combine as everything melts together.
  3. Add the butter and stir to combine. Transfer to fondue pot if you prepared the sauce on the stove. Serve with fresh fruit (you could also dip cookies and marshmallows--whatever your heart desires!).
Chocolate Fondue Recipe | Freckled Italian

This recipe is delicious on its own as a treat, but it was even better following the other fondues I made, plus a glass or two of La Crema wines--I poured their Monterey Pinot Gris and some Monterey Chardonnay as well. I'm already planning a low-key Valentine's Day at home with this exact same menu.

Chocolate Fondue Recipe | Freckled Italian

This post is brought to you in partnership with La Crema. For more fondue recipes, check out my post on their blog today!

Friday Favorites (73)

Friday Favorites | Freckled Italian

Happy Friday from Las Vegas! Just wanted to pop in quickly before the weekend with some links I've been wanting to share:

I hope you have a great weekend!

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