"[Food] is important to live. It's practical. It's also important as an art form..."
"Its beauty, its preparation and presentation can be like the heart of the art in a person. So while it's practical, it's also esoteric."
1 Quart Whole Milk1 Quart Heavy Cream1 Fresh Vanilla Bean1 cup granulated sugar1 cup dry, dark cocoa powder (this is most important; use a good quality cocoa)1 cup semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate (chips or shavings; not big pieces)
Scrape the vanilla bean and put the entire bean into a heavy bottom pot with the milk and cream. Turn on medium heat. Add the sugar and the chocolate stirring slowly with a wooden spoon to dissolve the sugar and chocolate. Once dissolved, sift the cocoa into the mixture and use a whisk to incorporate. Continue to lightly whisk until there are no lumps and mixture is smooth. Simmer for 10 minutes. Ladle into mugs and top with your favorite enhancer. Kids: whipped cream Adults: Baileys and Godiva come to mind.