Holiday

Aged Cheddar + Guinness Caramelized Shallot Cheeseball

December 18, 2011

4 large shallots, thinly sliced [1 cup] 1/2  T butter 1/2 cup Guinness beer 4 oz cream cheese [1/2 block], at room temperature 8 oz  Beecher’s Flagship [highly recommended!] or sharp white cheddar cheese, grated 1 tsp Dijon mustard pinch of kosher salt several good grinds of black pepper [to taste] 1/2 cup whole hazelnuts, […]

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Dark Chocolate + Peppermint Marshmallow Pops

December 13, 2011

60% cocao Ghirardelli baking chips or [good] white chocolate marshmallows [regular size or jumbo] crushed candy canes lollypop sticks Prepare a baking sheet with a piece of wax paper and set aside. Melt the chocolate in a small bowl over boiling water, stirring frequently. Remove the bowl once melted and move to work area. Maintain […]

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Cranberry, Pistachio + White Chocolate Biscotti

December 11, 2011

2 1/4 cups flour 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 3/4 tsp salt 6 T  unsalted butter, room temperature 3/4 cup sugar 2 large eggs 1 T  lemon zest 1 1/2 tsp vanilla 1 tsp whole aniseed 1 cup dried sweetened cranberries 3/4 cup shelled, unsalted pistachios 6 oz  imported white chocolate, chopped From Bon Appetit: […]

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Seasonal Skinny Cocktail: Cranberry + Vanilla

November 25, 2011

juice + zest of 3 large navel oranges 2  12oz bags fresh cranberries, rinsed and picked over 1/2 cup Truvia 2 cups water 3 cups vanilla vodka [I like Absolut] 1 large bottle sparkling water Puree the juice, zest, whole cranberries and 2 cups water in blender, then push through a sieve to remove solids. […]

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An American Original + July 4th

May 31, 2011

Declare independence from the standard 4th of July fare by offering your guests the perfect, patriotic pairing of Humboldt Fog + fresh sweet berries. This eye-popping centerpiece is ideal for all day nibbling as it will become creamier and more luscious as the day progresses… Can you believe this American original will soon celebrate its […]

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Cheese + Champagne

February 12, 2011
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Pictured clockwise above: Garrotxa, Beaufort, Pierre Robert, Piave Vechio, Chaource.   “Burgundy makes you think of silly things; Bordeaux makes you talk about them, and Champagne makes you do them!” -Jean Anthelme Brillat Savarin   It’s Valentines Day: an occasion which encourages Champagne drinking with abandon! Don’t forget about its perfect partner, artisanal cheese. It’s […]

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Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

December 12, 2010
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I am relishing every moment of holiday goodness this year. Having spent years attending to my customer’s every need and ensuring that their holidays went off without a snag, now it’s my turn, and I aim to make up for lost time! My one lament is that all that scurrying about in previous years actually […]

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Chocolate Brandy Cake

December 8, 2010
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3 cups flour 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 3/4 tsp salt 16 oz. bittersweet chocolate [chocolate chips are fine in this case] 3 sticks  butter 1 1/3 cup brandy, Southern Comfort, or dark rum 1 cup strong coffee  [I use water and 1 Starbucks Via] 2 1/4 cups sugar 3 large eggs 2 tsp vanilla […]

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Cornmeal + Cranberry Quickbread

December 6, 2010
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Rustic + Hearty, all this recipe takes is 5 minutes, one bowl, and a whisk… 1 cup flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup medium-grind (or regular) cornmeal 1/2 cup sugar 1 1/2 teas salt 1 1/2 teas baking powder 1 stick butter, melted 1/2 cup pure maple syrup 2 large eggs 1 cup […]

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Dark Chocolate Pudding + Sugared Cranberries

December 5, 2010
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So if chocolate pudding sounds boring or banal to you, think again! This family friendly dessert delivers on all fronts. And it’s huge nostalgia-factor warms the very cockles of my embittered heart. Using quality chocolate and cocoa are key to adult satisfaction here, as this is not your daddy’s Snack Pack!  If you’ve not discovered […]

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