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News: Before we get into the actual post and recipe, I wanted to share that The Boys Club, the cocktail blog that I am the Managing Editor for, has been nominated in the Best Cocktail Blog category in the 2013 Saveur Food Blog Awards.  We are so thrilled and proud of all of our incredibly talented contributors.  Voting is taking place over on the Saveur site until midnight on Friday, April 19th.

While flipping through the latest Bon Appetit I was struck by a page filled with simple, single-line recipes utilizing asparagus.  These dishes, the ones that require little fuss but magically transform into beautiful, rustic plates, are why I fell in love with cooking.  This recipe for steamed asparagus topped with a fried egg and shaved parmesan (modified here by switching it out with pecorino) stood out and I immediately marked it. I sat down and treated this as a light lunch, paired with a glass of wine (nothing wrong with a little lunchtime vino).  Even though we’ve had some fickle weather, a meal like this reminds me of how much I look forward to summer afternoons.  The way this year has been flying by, I expect them to be here before I know it.

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  • April 15, 2013 - 2:36 am

    Jenn - So jealous of your fried egg skills! I cannot fry an egg to save my life. Poached, soft boiled, omelette, scrambled, hard boiled, no problems. But fried? Can never get the heat setting right and so they always stick and become a mushy mess when I try to remove them from the pan. Nice simple recipe idea, I think we will make this this week :)ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2013 - 9:11 am

    Jenny @ BAKE - congratulations! that’s such a huge achievement! I love this dish it’s so simple but so full of flavour!ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2013 - 9:16 am

    Malgosia - I picked up the same mag this last week. I want to recreate the cover sandwich… But this is simple and beautiful. And who doesn’t love a fried egg on everything?ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2013 - 9:41 am

    Cassie | Bake Your Day - This looks mouthwatering, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2013 - 10:07 am

    Bev @ Bev Cooks - Favorite thing in liiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeefffffffaaaaaa.ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2013 - 10:24 am

    Shaina - I’d like to think it was my glowing nomination that pushed you into the Saveur finalists, but I know it was probably the sheer number of nominations and your absolute brilliance that stood out on its own. I adore what you are doing over at The Boy’s Club.

    I am a fan of simplicity. So often the meals I enjoy the most are the simplest. They’re unpretentious, easy to prepare, and made from basic ingredients. There’s comfort in knowing that good food doesn’t have to be difficult. Here’s hoping you’re right about summer, too. I’d take spring showing up, though.ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2013 - 11:28 am

    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective - So simple and elegant and GONE once I get my hands on it!ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2013 - 11:32 am

    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking - Wow, what a wonderful achievement. Congratulations! This asparagus dish looks delicious and full of simple spring flavors. Perfect for the warm weather we’ve been having!ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2013 - 11:50 am

    Diane {Created by Diane} - Oh hello breakfast and I just happen to have asparagus in the fridge, love this. Great photos!ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2013 - 12:09 pm

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - BOOM! Breakfast in a second…or lunch…or dinner! What a lovely recipe :)ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2013 - 12:25 pm

    El - Beautiful breakfast idea and phenomenal photos!ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2013 - 2:00 pm

    Lora @cakeduchess - Thrilled for you and the nomination:))Hope you boys win! This is fantastic and what I want for dinner tonight. xxReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2013 - 2:12 pm

    Stacey - This to me is a perfect dish and love the gorgeous photos!ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2013 - 2:41 pm

    Michael Lewicki - This is a beautiful breakfast idea Brian! Can almost taste the salty cheese, crisp asparagus and that gorgeous yolk. This is something I need in my life. Simple and delicious!ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2013 - 8:02 pm

    marla - SO gorgeous I had to pin to 2 Pinterest boards!ReplyCancel

  • April 16, 2013 - 12:19 am

    A SPICY PERSPECTIVE - I love the simplicity of this dish. And those pecorino shavings look simply delicious!ReplyCancel

  • April 16, 2013 - 12:47 am

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - This is pretty much my idea of perfection.ReplyCancel

  • April 16, 2013 - 3:22 am

    Rosie Nguyen - Simple and beautiful. Great photography! The asparagus look bright and vibrant. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • April 16, 2013 - 5:59 am

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  • April 16, 2013 - 6:32 am

    Carolyn - Veggies and eggs…that is my kind of breakfast!ReplyCancel

  • April 16, 2013 - 7:24 am

    Joanne - Already voted for you guys Brian!

    And yes I love simple meals like this also. There is something so wonderfully magical about asparagus and runny egg yolk together!ReplyCancel

  • April 16, 2013 - 9:11 am

    Shea @ Dixie Chik Cooks - Beautiful pictures!ReplyCancel

  • April 16, 2013 - 10:10 am

    Andrew Frishman - Mmmmnnn… I loves me some pecorino, especially when it’s eggs.

    Una manzana mañana pero asparagos hoy.ReplyCancel

  • April 16, 2013 - 10:29 am

    kulsum@journeykitchen.com - OH WOW. This is exactly I want to dinner today. I have a new found love for asparagus. Yes, I’m late!ReplyCancel

  • April 16, 2013 - 2:34 pm

    Kathy Day - I sometimes forget that the simplest recipes can be the most satisfying. This looks lovely.ReplyCancel

  • April 16, 2013 - 7:01 pm

    Kelsey Brown - Thinking of you and your kin in Boston today, Brian. Love and light from Denver.ReplyCancel

  • April 17, 2013 - 6:41 am

    BABU LAL TAMANG - I love food like vegetable . I have to much vegetable around my home .ReplyCancel

  • April 17, 2013 - 7:25 pm

    Monet - Hi friend. I’ve been thinking of you and your city this week. My thoughts and prayers have been sent your direction. This is a lovely, simple recipe. Perfect for a spring brunch or dinner. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • April 18, 2013 - 8:19 am

    Norma - Platanos, Mangoes and Me! - Perfection!ReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2013 - 3:51 pm

    kita - You are going to make me actually open my Bon Appetit (I never do, guilty) but I have just discovered that I like asparagus and want to give it a go in my kitchen.ReplyCancel

  • May 7, 2013 - 1:14 pm

    Tuesday Things. | How Sweet It Is - […] I’m eating this for dinner tonight but roasting the heck out of it. Also: extra […]ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2013 - 4:53 pm

    Amy - I literally ate this exact dish for dinner last night (and I just happened to stumble upon your blog today for the first time). Creeeepy. Also, it was delicious. Also, also, I roasted the asparagus instead. Score! Wait, one more also: love the blog! Must try the Caesar Salad with Avocado Dressing mmm …ReplyCancel

A few weeks ago, food stylist Molly Shuster and I spent an afternoon together working on a test shoot.  We had a blast, playing around with a variety of burgers and sandwiches.  Watching Molly build these dishes, I was struck by how much thought went into each one.  It then occurred to me that it’d be fun to have Molly talk a bit about what it’s like to be a food stylist and give us a little insight into the craft.

To see more of Molly’s work, take a look at her portfolio.

Cheeseburger with Avocado - Photographer: Brian Samuels, Styling: Molly Shuster

Cheeseburger with Avocado – Photographer: Brian Samuels, Styling: Molly Shuster

These two burgers obviously have a very different feel.  What was your goal in creating these two different looks?

I think at it’s best, what we do is inspire people to cook and get in the kitchen. I always love getting people to think about food and their relationship to it. So whenever I work on something I always think, what makes this beautiful? What about this is delicious? Sometimes you go into a shot and have a clear idea in your head of what something will be or what it will look like. Other times it’s something that has to be found…sometimes that’s easier than others!

As for the different feel of each burger, sometimes it’s nice for things to be clean and structured and classic, other times it’s nice to be loose and messy and a bit more familiar. And this often depends on the type of shoot you’re doing…whether it be editorial, ad or commercial- they’ll be certain objectives for each shoot and that often dictates the direction the food takes.

Perfectly Grilled Burger - Photographer: Brian Samuels, Styling: Molly Shuster

Perfectly Grilled Burger – Photographer: Brian Samuels, Styling: Molly Shuster

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  • April 11, 2013 - 7:20 am

    Joanne - What a super awesome experience Brian! And gorgeous photos as usual!ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2013 - 7:44 am

    Master Chefette - Wow! Those photos look fantastic! I always aspire to take good pics of what I bake but they’re nowhere near that lol! :-)ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2013 - 8:15 am

    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl - I have always been so impressed and intrigued with food stylists! Thanks for sharing this interview. I also want to dive head first into that tomato mozz sandwich!ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2013 - 3:15 pm

    Liren - What a fantastic collaboration, Brian, and excellent insight! How I wish I could have a stylist to work with everyday in my own kitchen 😉ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2013 - 4:24 pm

    mr. & Mrs. P - Beautiful Photos… Great experience we are sure!!ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2013 - 6:43 pm

    naomi - Gorgeously, executed on the styling and photo!Great interview, Brian.ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2013 - 11:15 pm

    Kristen - So interesting to think about all the details this way. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

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    TidyMom - I would love to assist with a food stylist! Great pics!!ReplyCancel

  • April 12, 2013 - 9:37 am

    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective - A feast for the eyes…ReplyCancel

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  • April 12, 2013 - 2:47 pm

    Kendra - Hi there –

    I have a quick question about your blog – could you email me when you have a chance? Thanks you and have a great weekend!

    KendraReplyCancel

  • April 12, 2013 - 3:29 pm

    Sasha - Food styling is so endlessly fascinating! I can’t imagine how much fun it must be to do it for a living.ReplyCancel

  • April 12, 2013 - 4:34 pm

    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking - Wow, what a fun opportunity to peek into the world of a food stylist! Thanks for sharing, Brian and Molly. Wonderful photos. They look good enough to eat! 😀ReplyCancel

  • April 13, 2013 - 12:58 am

    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com - Great collaboration, Brian! And thanks for introducing Molly to us :)ReplyCancel

  • April 13, 2013 - 12:41 pm

    Marla Meridith - Such great energy Molly! Brian, thanks for sharing her talents with us ~ very inspiring :)ReplyCancel

Let’s call this “bread” what it really is.  It’s a cake… a chocolatey cake that I’ve shaped into a loaf and thrown some zucchini into just so I feel a little bit better about eating it at all hours of the day.  Sometimes chocolate is what we crave.  Don’t resist it.  Give in.  Make one for yourself and give the other to a friend or tuck it in the freezer for the next time you’re hit with a craving.  And don’t feel guilty when you slice into it for a quick breakfast… or a mid-morning snack… or right before bed.  We all deserve a little chocolate every now and then.

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  • April 8, 2013 - 1:03 am

    Laura (Tutti Dolci) - I love cakes disguised as “bread” ;).ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 8:10 am

    Sarvani (baker in disguise) - Its 5 pm in the evening.. I wont mind a slice of that dark deliciousness!!ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 9:25 am

    Bev @ Bev Cooks - Flippin’. Fab.ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 9:51 am

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - This looks so freaking awesome! I love how dark and dreamy it looks :)ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 10:17 am

    Andrew Frishman - Mnnnn… I loves me some Zucchini, especially when it’s been chocolatified!

    ¡Ojala que podemos comer ese “pan” este fin de semana en Cape Cod!ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 10:22 am

    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective - I feel better calling it bread too… now let’s eat the whole loaf!ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 10:40 am

    Jeanette - I’m going to have to try this – double chocolate! I made zucchini bread for my kids but they just couldn’t get over the green in the sweet bread – now, if I hid the zucchini in this beautiful double chocolate loaf, I can’t imagine they’d complain 😉ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 10:54 am

    Denise - Had me at chocolate, then you added zucchini. I adore zucchini bread and make it all summer long. Cannot wait to toss some double chocolate into the mix this year!ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 11:09 am

    sara forte - so pretty! bread. cake. whatever. this is my favorite kind of thing to have with coffee. So perfect!ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 11:19 am

    shelly (cookies and cups) - There are so many great zucchini recipes out there recently…but of course this one is my favorite 😉ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 11:58 am

    Georgia Kubarych - I love food, like this bread, that is beautiful delicious!ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 12:01 pm

    Tracy Neville - DOUBLE CHOC! I’m in!ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 12:30 pm

    Cara - This is gorgeous. Stowing away for zucchini-overload season, but let’s be honest–I’m probably going to bake it before then too.ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 1:00 pm

    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking - This zucchini bread looks beautiful and mouthwatering, Brian! I’ve never baked one before, but you have definitely tempted me with this recipe. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 1:07 pm

    Diane {Created by Diane} - yeah, this is my kind of BREAD!ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 1:36 pm

    Monet - The zucchini makes it totally healthy right? This bread, or cake, or whatever we want to call it, looks perfect, Brian. In fact, I would do anything for a slice right now! Thank you so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 1:48 pm

    Meeta K. Wolff - While I have eaten many a zucchini chocolate bread I have to admit I have never made one myself. I think I will change that and give this a go.ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 2:17 pm

    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel - So great you posted this. A reader told me I must try a chocolate zucchini bread/cake after I posed my carrot cake cupcakes! Now I’m intrigued :)ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 3:49 pm

    Dennis K. Littley - Brian, that zucchini bread is picture perfect, it looks insanely delicious and your images as always are stellar!ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 3:53 pm

    Deeba Rajpal - Rustic, earthy, delicious. I’ve made some eons ago…time to get the greens out again! This looks yum Brian!ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 4:41 pm

    Russell van Kraayenburg - Yum o yum o yum! If I wasn’t crazy lazy, I’d make this right now.ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 5:27 pm

    Alison Lewis - Yes PLEASE! love this one.ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 8:15 pm

    Kristen - I’m all over “bread” like this! Love the double chocolate. Well done, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 9:10 pm

    M.C.@ ThousandStoryKitchen - Gah. I always make the mistake of reading blogs while hungry. This one should have a giant warning on it- DON’T READ WHILE HUNGRY! – because now I’m just sad that this is not in my bread box awaiting my consumption before bed tonight…or really, I’m just sad it isn’t in my belly, truth be told. It soon will be, though. I’m going to take this to a brunch this week!ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 11:18 pm

    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. - I love me some chocolate zucchini bread! Yours looks perfect!ReplyCancel

  • April 9, 2013 - 12:29 am

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - I wholeheartedly agree, chocolate is a very good thing indeed!ReplyCancel

  • April 9, 2013 - 6:30 am

    Joanne - I tried to serve my brother a chocolate zucchini cake once and he is still angry at me to this day! He hates zucchini…but I think he could possibly be won over with this cake. It just looks so rich and delicious!ReplyCancel

  • April 9, 2013 - 7:46 am

    Carolyn - I do love a good chocolate zucchini bread. Cake, bread, whatever!ReplyCancel

  • April 9, 2013 - 9:29 am

    Tieghan - This looks heavenly!! Wow!ReplyCancel

  • April 9, 2013 - 11:51 am

    dixya@food, pleasure, and health - I can never resist chocolate and esp if it in bread form – yes yes yes! plus i dont think i will be willing to share 😛ReplyCancel

  • April 9, 2013 - 12:50 pm

    Lora @cakeduchess - Bread or cake …this is chocolate paradise. I would love a slice tonight for dessert with a hot cup of tea. Baking with zucchini is so nice and the kids don’t notice they’re getting a little extra veggies;)ReplyCancel

  • April 9, 2013 - 1:42 pm

    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - Oh my gosh, this looks so dark and delicious!!ReplyCancel

  • April 9, 2013 - 6:20 pm

    El - This looks really great. Anything chocolate works for me!ReplyCancel

  • April 10, 2013 - 11:03 am

    Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) - Oh god. These look amazing. Dark loveliness.ReplyCancel

  • April 10, 2013 - 11:09 am

    SaltySweetSour - This looks amazing! Super decadent.ReplyCancel

  • April 10, 2013 - 12:44 pm

    gloria - look amazing!ReplyCancel

  • April 10, 2013 - 7:24 pm

    sippitysup - How could I resist it. GREGReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2013 - 2:31 pm

    Michael Lewicki - This looks delicious! Chocolate anything bread is amazing. Can’t wait to to try this one B!ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2013 - 6:54 pm

    naomi - oh-my, brian! i’ve forgotten how good chocolate zuchinni bread can be until this post!!!! This looks delicious.ReplyCancel

  • April 23, 2013 - 3:01 am

    Double Chocolate Zucchini Loaf - Kleinworth & Co - […] to share with you the one my late mother-in-law passed down to me.  But then I found this one from A Thought for Food that I decided to adapt just a bit.   It came out Fabulous!!!!!!  So of course I had to share it […]ReplyCancel

  • April 26, 2013 - 2:49 pm

    Jessica Boltnar - This bread was amazing! Thanks so much for the recipe ;).ReplyCancel

  • August 4, 2013 - 1:19 pm

    Anna - Great recipe – I made a batch last night. I added walnuts and to lighten it up a bit, subbed the cup of oil for 1/2 cup oil + 1/4 cup + 2 TBS 2% greek yogurt. The walnuts definitely worked, and the yogurt sub was ok, but I’m certain it would have been a much better loaf with your original ingredients. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2013 - 10:32 pm

    Felicia Barrow - Looks yummy. I can’t bake so I would definitely have to use a Cuffitt when baking like this so I won’t get burnt!ReplyCancel

  • January 23, 2014 - 10:31 pm

    A zucchini’s calling | From My Garden To Your Table - […] Satisfaction to watch the evolution of a seed blossom into a Double chocolate Zucchini Bread http://www.athoughtforfood.net/double-chocolate-zucchini-bread-baking-dessert/ […]ReplyCancel

  • January 31, 2014 - 3:40 am

    Chocolate and Zucchini Cake - Give Recipe - […] slightly modified Brian’s Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread for my first attempt of chocolate and zucchini combination and loved the […]ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2015 - 8:38 pm

    Gluten Free Dairy Free Chocolate Zucchini Cake – LF | jamminpreserves - […] from Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread by A Thought for […]ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 3:20 pm

    Hayley Myfanwy - Eggplant chocolate cake is my favourite! So gooey!xReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 3:54 pm

    Deeba Rajpal - How interesting. Would you have the recipe? Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 6:32 pm

    A Thought For Food - Thanks for sharing, Meeta K. Wolff! Can’t go wrong when you add chocolate to something :-)ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 6:32 pm

    A Thought For Food - Thanks Dennis! Hope you have a great week!ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 8:05 pm

    Manju Nair - I’ve made chocolate zucchini cookies…they are almost cake-like and delicious!ReplyCancel