Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986. On January 16 we honor this man who is best known for securing progress on civil rights in the United States and around the world. He is remembered as a non-violent advocate of equality for all men and women.

Dr. King‘s “I Have a Dream” speech was delivered on August 28, 1963, in which he called for racial equality and an end to discrimination. He was a ray of light and hope at a troubled time in our history. It is important that we honor him with a national holiday, but perhaps he would rather want us remember him by remembering and living his dream!

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Inauguration Day Excitement

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This is a week to remember and to celebrate. I wish I were in Washington D.C. right now joining the thousands of people who are celebrating Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and joining in the festivities of Inauguration Day.

We Americans, and perhaps the whole world, have great expectations of our new President-elect Barack Obama. Our wishes and prayers go out to him to guide and direct his actions for the good of our country.

I can’t be at the Inauguration, but I will certainly want to watch as much as I can on TV. I will also want to prepare something special for this day. Cooking is what makes me happy. Therefore, I will make something chocolate.

Oozing Little Chocolate Cakes

16 tablespoons (2 sticks) butter
1 1/3 cups (8 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
5 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
4 teaspoons flour (note, this is teaspoons)

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Line 8 cups of the larger-size muffin pan with larger size paper liners. (If the liners have aluminum foil, remove the foil). Spray liners with vegetable oil.

Melt butter and chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Take care that water does not splash out as it begins to heat. Stir the chips and butter until they melt and are nice and smooth. Set bowl aside to cool slightly.

Using an electric beater, beat eggs, sugar and salt in another medium bowl. Beat until sugar is dissolved. Slowly add this mixture and then the flour into melted chocolate. Stir until well combined.

Pour batter into the lined and sprayed muffin cups. Bake 8 to 10 minutes until cakes are puffed but centers will not be completely set. Let set for about 5 minuts. Then carefully lift out and set on dessert plates.

Viola! You have a scrumptious looking dessert that tastes amazing.

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