Day: December 26, 2018

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Ginger, cinnamon and allspice bring a gingerbread flavor to this hot chocolate. Intense Dutch-process cocoa powder balances the spices, and chopped milk chocolate is mixed in at the end for a creamy, rich texture.
Level: Easy
Total: 15 min
Active: 15 min
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Ingredients
6 cups milk
1/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
3 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
7 ounces good quality milk chocolate, chopped
Whipped cream, for serving
Mini marshmallows, for serving
Directions
Combine the milk, cocoa powder, sugar, molasses, ginger, cinnamon nutmeg and allspice in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar, cocoa powder and spices are dissolved and the milk is steaming, about 5 minutes. Do not let the mixture come to a boil. Whisk in the chopped chocolate a little at a time until smooth. Divide among 6 to 8 mugs and garnish with whipped cream and mini marshmallows.
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Firearms Ordinance

Easton Selectman Robert Lessler is determined to make Easton a safer, more neighborly place to live. To that end, he is working to strengthen the current Firearms ordinance in town.

He said that the motivation for the ordinance is one two levels. 

“First, it is obvious that we have a gun violence problem in this country. When forty thousand people a year die from gun shots, we have a problem.  There is no other place on earth with the amount of gun violence we have in this country. Not even close.  Since the federal government is not currently capable of addressing the problem, each community has to do what it can to make themselves safe.”

He continued, “Second, in Easton, we have many reports of people complaining about gunfire inhibiting their quiet enjoyment of their property, of people finding bullet holes in their cars, and of a woman who found a bullet lodged in the headboard of her bed in the master bedroom.” 

This new ordinance attempts to do that by giving some kind of respite from target shooting, by making sure young people are properly supervised around guns, by not allowing guns on public property and the like. 

Lessler said It is a work in progress.  He had presented three versions to the Board of Selectmen at this point and is working on yet another version after hearing the feedback from citizens at the last Board of Selectman meeting. He has also had communications with others outside the meeting framework.

The selectman is working hard to find what he called “the sweet spot in the middle between those who would ban guns outright and those who believe there should be an absolute and unfettered right to guns.”

Selectman Lessler may be reached at rlessler@eastonct.gov

The current Easton firearm ordinance can be found here.