I have a dear friend from college who is having a tough time. She herself is a thyroid cancer survivor, and her daughter was recently diagnosed with leukemia. She has been a trooper, making frequent hour and a half long trips to the children's hospital for her daughter's treatments, and still finding time to take care of her husband and her other children. A few days ago, she tripped on their stairs and broke her foot - she is now in a boot and can't put any weight on that foot for several weeks! It also happened to be her birthday this week, so I thought she was long overdue for a treat. I investigated and discovered that she loves chocolate eclairs, and so I made her a batch and brought it by. These are pate a chioux pastries filled with French vanilla pastry cream, then dipped in dark chocolate ganache. If you've never had a fresh eclair filled with real pastry cream (not pudding!) and dipped in ganache (not frosted with icky chocolate frosting), then you have never really experienced an eclair. These are out of this world!