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RECIPE: Chandon Sparkle Cookie

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Chandon, the perfect bubbly to toast the holidays, is kicking off the season of celebration with Momofuku Milk Bar's Chef Christina Tosi. The award-winning pastry chef has teamed up with California sparkling pioneer Chandon to create a festive limited-edition cookie recipe incorporating the wine that adds pop to any holiday gathering.

Super scrumptious and with a flute cookie cutter, they will more than dazzle your friends and family!

Watch the video:

FOOD & WINE PAIRING: Chocolate Raspberry Blintzes and Zinfandel

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Submitted by: Chef Lucy Lewand of Camellia Inn

Recipe: Chocolate Raspberry Blintzes with Raspberry Sauce
Wine Pairing: Truett - Hurst Zinfandel Rose (aslo known as Salmon Run Rose)


recipe_CamelliaInn_ChocolateRaspberryBlintzes.jpgAt the Camellia Inn located in Healdsburg, chocolate is celebrated at every opportunity. We have Chocolate Covered Wednesdays when guests receive chocolate treats and chocolate inspired dishes for breakfast. We do chocolate dinners, collect chocolate recipes and observe national chocolate holidays. These chocolate raspberry blintzes are a breakfast favorite among guests. 

Serving up Mother's Day Brunch

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Serve up a delicious wine country inspired Mother's Day Brunch.

cia_ChiffonCupcakes.jpgThe Culinary Institute of America (CIA) has several recipes ideas perfect for a no-fuss menu for you to prepare that everyone, especially Mom, is sure to enjoy!

Chiffon Cupcakes
Every Mom loves flowers--but she also deserves something a bit sweeter. To help satisfy every deserving mother's sweet tooth, Chef Alison McLoughlin of The Culinary Institute of America has a great suggestion on how to create a beautiful "bouquet" of floral cupcakes for Mom that are sure to make her proud. Click Here for more details and recipe!

  • Fruit Salad with Orange-Blossom Syrup
  • Simple, sweet and the orange-blossom water adds a fragrant touch to this refreshing fruit salad. Click Here for recipe.
  • Raspberry Muffins with Pecan Streusel
  • Surprise Mom with rasberry muffins, a nice and fresh change from the ever popular blueberry muffin. Click Here for the recipe.
  • Asparagus Frittata
  • A frittata is a popular Italian-style flat omelet. The recipe from the CIA showcases fresh, tender asparagus that will make this dish a gourmet delight. Click Here for the recipe.

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Submitted by: Candlelight Inn Bed & Breakfast

recipe_CandlelightInn_chocolateChip.jpgEveryone has a wonderful memory associated with chocolate - but when you bring in a chocolate chip cookie (or two)...People smile ear to ear!

Ingredients:
  • 2 ¼ cups unsifted flour            
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda                
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt                    
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (½ pound butter)            
  • ¾ cup white sugar            
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar

FOOD & WINE PAIRING: Shortbread Cookies & Champagne

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Recipe: Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookie Hearts
Wine Pairing: KORBEL Brut Rose

recipe_Korbel_chocolateDippedShortbreadCookie.jpgSubmitted by: KORBEL Champagne Cellars, Chef Robin Lehnoff

Plan a Romantic Dinner for Two

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Romantic-Dinner-Mumm.jpgLooking to spend Valentine's Day at home this year or just want to add a little romantic spice to your usual dinner fare? Then, why not make it extra special with a romantic dinner for two. Mumm Napa has the perfect menu to make glasses of their sparkling wines shared by candle-light or a warm roaring fire a night to remember. See some of the suggested recipes.

SKIP TO DESSERT
Forget what your mother told you about spoiling your supper. We are all for you skipping to dessert if the mood so suits, and even better if it's chocolate!



FOOD & WINE PAIRING: Chocolate Mousse & Cabernet Sauvignon

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By: Chef Justin Wrangler of Kendall Jackson

recipe_KendallJackson_ChocolateMousse.jpgRecipe: Valrhona Cabernet Chocolate Mousse

Wine Pairing: Hawkeye Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

A sweet pairing and personal favorite of the chef!

INGREDIENTS
  • 25 ounces of heavy cream
  • 8 ounces of Valrhona Bittersweet Chocolate 61%
  • 2 ounces of Kendall-Jackson Highland Estates Hawkweye Mountain, Cabernet Sauvignon.

METHOD

In a medium size mixing bowl, whip 16 ounces heavy cream to soft peaks. Set aside.

Meanwhile, place chocolate in a medium size bowl. In a small pot, add 9 ounces heavy cream and bring to a boil. Once cream has come to a full boil, pour over chocolate and stir until smooth.

Allow the mixture to cool for 10 minutes. Add the wine and half of the whipped cream. Fold approximately halfway and then add the remaining whipped cream. Fold gently until incorporated.

Spoon the chocolate mousse into a medium size pastry bag. Pipe the mousse into any desired cup or bowl. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

RECIPE: Gingerbread Spiced Sweet Potato - Plantain Mash

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When it comes to a special holiday dinner, traditional recipes are hard to beat. They're convenient and reliable and everyone expects to see them on the table year after year.

However, for a new take on the traditional sweet potato casserole, the chefs at The Culinary Institute of America suggest a Latin twist by making this side dish with plantains.


Click Here to watch more videos from The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) highlighting many of their recipes perfect for any occasion.

Holiday Recipes & Pairings from Mumm Napa

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Things are sparkling brightly with Mumm Napa this holiday season!

MummNapaSparklingHolidayWineBanner.jpgPlan your complete Christmas Dinner with recipes and wine pairing from Mumm Napa this year. The menu puts a delicious Baked Ham with Honey Apricot Glaze front and center along with several tasty sides like spicy mashed potatoes and minted peas. In general, Mumm Napa recommends their most versatile sparkling wines Brut Prestige and Blanc de Blancs for Christmas. View all of the holiday recipes and pairings HERE.

MummNapaCindyPawlcyn.jpgMumm Napa has also teamed up with noted Napa Valley chef Cindy Pawlcyn (Restaurants: Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, Mustards,) to provide foodies and wine lovers even more festive pairings. Dare to inspire guests with a Swordfish Involtini, or a Chocolate-Hazelnut Truffle Tart. Of course, there are more recipes online which also include recommended wine pairings. Click here to view.

If all of this was not enough to whet your palate, ENTER TO WIN an exclusive Napa Valley Weekend getaway that includes airfare for you and a guest, 2 night accommodations, $1000 in spending money and a special pairing dinner hosted with Chef Cindy Pawlcyn.

Visiting Napa Valley or Sonoma? Stop in for a wine tasting visit at Mumm Napa's Tasting Room. Not only do they boast some fabulous sparkling wines, you can also view the breathtaking photography of famous photographer Ansel Adams at Mumm Napa's fine art photography gallery.

Mumm Napa
8445 Silverado Trail
Rutherford, CA 94573
(800) 686.6272



Food & Wine Pairing: Chocolate Cake & Cabernet Sauvignon

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Recipe from Louis M. Martini Family Recipes

Recipe: Luscious Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting
Wine Pairing: Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon

recipe_LouisMartini_chocolateCake.jpgCake Ingredients:
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup premium semi-sweet chocolate, ground
1 cup flour
4 tsp. baking powder

Frosting Ingredients:
1 pint whipping cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup premium semi-sweet chocolate, ground
1/2 cup slivered almonds


Wine & Food Pairing: Apple Dumplings

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By: Chef Justin Wrangler of Kendall Jackson

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Recipe: Apple Dumplings
Wine Pairing: Kendall Jackson 2007 Grand Reserve Late Harvest Chardonnay

When you cut into these beautiful dumplings, the fragrance of apple & spices smells just like grandma's apple pie. These are great served with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.

Wine & Food Pairing: Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles

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Submitted by: Chef Robin Lehnhoff-McCray of Kenwood Vineyards

Recipe: Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles
Wine Pairing: Kenwood Vineyards Sonoma County Cabernet

recipe_KenwoodVineyards_PumpkinTruffles.jpgA wonderful fall treat, perfect for Fall!

Ingredients:
2 ½ cup vanilla wafer, crushed
1 cup toasted almonds, ground
½ cup powdered sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
6 oz. Valrhona chocolate, melted
½ cup pumpkin puree
1 cup Kenwood Vineyards Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
¼  cup powdered sugar (for dusting truffles)

Instructions:
In a saucepan, bring the cabernet to a boil and reduce down by 2/3. Set aside to cool. Combine wafer crumbs, almonds, ½ cup powdered sugar and cinnamon. Blend in chocolate, pumpkin and reduced wine. Form 1 inch balls. Chill completely and then dust with remaining powdered sugar before serving.

Makes 3 doz. Truffles

Chocolate Cabernet Truffles

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Submitted by Kenwood Vineyards Chef, Robin Lehnhoff-McCray

recipe_KenwoodVineyards_CabernetTruffle.jpgThis delicious recipe is easy to make and perfect for Valentine's Day. Enjoy with Kenwood Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon. Planning a getaway in celebration of romance this month? Why not stop by Kenwood Vineyard's tasting room for a complimentary tasting of their wines, including the wine suggested in this recipe

Ingredients:
  • 10 ozs. semi sweet (60%-70% cocoa)* chocolate (chopped small) <photo id="1" />
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup Kenwood Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 6 T heavy cream
  • 1 ¼ cup confectioners sugar (sifted)

Meyer Lemon Vacherin Recipe

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recipe_ChandonMeyerLemonVacherin.jpgThe Meyer Lemon Vacherin is one of étoile Restaurant's signature desserts this season. Specifically made to complement Chandon bubbly, this light, flavorful delight offers the perfect end to any romantic meal.

For the Meringne
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 cup sugar
Procedure:
Place egg whites in a mixer fitted with a wisk attachment. Wisk until frothy. then add cream of tartar, slowly add sugar into the egg whites. Whisk until firm peaks have developed. Place mixture into a pastry bag fitted 1/3 of and inch tip and pipe onto sheet pan lined with parchment.

Pipe into a dot onto the parchment then pull back to create an teardrop effect where the points come together in the center, repeat in a circular motion to form a circle , this should take about 11-12 teardrops to make a circle. Make eight complete circles. Circles should be no bigger than 4" in diameter. Pipe and another 8 circles the same size but just using a simple spiral motion. These will be the bottom. Bake at 250F for 20-30 min until set. Let cool.

Fresh Strawberry Salad

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korbel_Recipe_StrawberriesSalad.jpgSubmitted by Chef Lehnhoff-McCray
Korbel Champagne Cellars


Spring is here and summer is fast approaching! This delightful fruit salad is perfect for a warm summer day with a refreshing glass of our Korbel Sec.

Ingredients:
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, cut in half
  • 2 oz dried blueberries
  • 1 cup Korbel Sec
  • 2 oranges, zested and juiced
  • 2 T chopped fresh mint
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese or plain Greek yogurt (optional)
Method:
Place the blueberries in a small saucepan and add the Korbel Sec. Bring to a boil and then turn off. Let the berries soak up the champagne until cool. Drain the berries and set aside.

Place the strawberries and blueberries in a bowl. Add the orange zest, juice and the fresh mint. Toss gently and chill until ready to serve.

Top with Greek yogurt or mascarpone cheese if desired.

Serves 4



Cook for Your Mom!

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bouchon.jpgMother's Day is coming up and we think it's high time they got a break and are relieved from duty over the hot oven stove. Below are a host of recipes from our gathered from our Food Blog that would make wonderful brunch and dessert entrees for the special occasion.

Start things off with a Perfect Mimosa! Quick, simple and easy. While Mom is sipping and relaxing, put the final touches on any or all of the following:

What's for Breakfast?
Meyer Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
Rabanda Brazillian Style French Toast
Garden Vegetable Frittata
Bacon and Egg Salad
Banana Hazelnut Pancakes
Mexican Souffle


Of course, you may want to treat your Mom to Dessert first! We are sure she won't mind . . .
Planning something more elaborate for dinner or lunch? See our full list of recipes HERE!




Carmelized Apple Bread Pudding

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concannonVineyard_breadPuddingRecipe.jpgwith Concannon Conservancy Chardonnay Cream
Recipe from Concannon Vineyard

Comfort and sophistication in every luscious bite, this is sure to be a holiday hit at your table this season.

Ingredients:
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 c sugar, divided
  • 2 1/2 c hot milk
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t grated lemon zest
  • 1/8 t grated nutmeg
  • 4 c cubed day old country style bread, crusted trimmed
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 c ¾ inch wedges Granny Smith apples, cored and peeled
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Spicy Pumpkin Pound Cake

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Seasonal Recipe from Suisun Valley AVA

Tis the season for pumpkins. Take the family out for a fun filled day of pumpkin picking. Save a few for the ghoulish activities around the corner or make some pumpkin treats for everyone to enjoy! See recipe below:

Spicy Pumpkin Pound Cake

Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature, separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon Bourbon whiskey or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  •  2 cups lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened pumpkin fresh
  • Powdered sugar for dusting the cake

Peachy Summer Sweets

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By Deirdre Bourdet

NAPA, CA - All too frequently, people complain that it's too hot to eat dessert. While I'd agree that a chunk of bread pudding is probably the last thing I would choose to end a meal in 90+ degree heat, there are tons of refreshing sweet finales to be had around the Valley at this time of year--and many of them involve peaches, my favorite summertime fruit.

Taste of Suisun Valley

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Suisun Valley has more going on than just grapes!

While you're initial trip to the Suisun Valley AVA might be wine tasting geared (and we don't blame you), be sure to stop in at the local farm and produce stands. Suisun Valley has several farms open year-round with fresh, ripe fruits and vegetables. Many of these are family-owned farms and we're sure you won't be able to resist a myriad of juicy peaches, sweet corn, strawberries, plums,  tomatoes, squash, watermelon and much more.


Just Desserts!

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Frozen Grand Marnier Torte, Recipe by Sarah Tenaglia, Photography by Mark Thomas

It's no wonder everyone's New Year's resolution is to lose weight considering the homemade treats and delectable goodies that begin to bombard us this time of year! One is not even safe at work.

Case in point - as I sit and write this blog, there is a plate of candy on the bookshelf next to me, a bowl of chocolate on my way to the kitchen and on our reception desk. I think the candy at the reception desk is the most cruel. I enter the building - "oh look! candy. Let me take one for the trip to my office".  I leave the building to go to the bathroom - "oh look! candy! Let me reward myself".  I enter the building back  from the bathroom - "oh look! the candy is still here. I think I'll just take another piece". The vicious cycle continues throughout the day whether I'm leaving for lunch, taking a call outside or going on break.

It doesn't stop at candy. Workmates bring in muffins, cakes, cookies, and pastries of every kind. All diet plans woefully go awry this time of year yet we forgive ourselves because 'tis the season to indulge especially if you've been good all year. (If you weren't, we'll pretend)

So without further ado, here are some dessert recipes. We say, "savor and indulge!" at every possible chance whether its at the family dinner table, a friend's coffee table or (gulp) the office break counter!

Thanksgiving Desserts To Die For

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It's no wonder that everyone's New Year resolution is to lose weight considering that one gorges themselves for a month straight starting with Thanksgiving through Christmas!

Of course, it's quite hard to resist all of the wonderful foods this time of year especially all of the sweets and baked goods.  Dancing in my head are pies, cakes, tarts, cookies and many other warm, feel good treats. One is not even safe at work. So without further ado, start the baking, grab the elastic waistband pants and let the feasting begin!

Pecan Pumpkin Butter Pie with Butterscotch Cream

Frozen Pumpkin Mousse w/ Walnut Toffee Crunch
"With no pastry crust to wrangle, these luscious parfaits of pumpkin mousse and cream are easier to make than pumpkin pie."

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle
"I am a huge fan of trifles, and this is so easy and so delicious. It has the right ingredients for the holidays to bring in all the warm fuzzies of past years." - Linda, Food Network

Pumpkin Cake w/ Caramel-Cream Cheese Frosting
"In this fun variation on traditional pumpkin pie, pumpkin cake spiced with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves gets frosted with a slightly tangy, super-caramelly frosting. It's delicious served cold or at room temperature."

Olive Oil & Sauternes Cake w/ Roasted Pears
"Because Neil Perry has a passion for wine, he uses Sauternes in every component of this dessert, from the cake to the sauce. He also adds olive oil to the batter, which creates a delightfully moist crumb. Pair w/ Riesling."

Caramel Pecan Pie

Halloween Treats

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Trick or Treat? Well, treats of course! Whether you have kids or your a kid at heart, we have some fun recipes for you! So, set aside that store bought candy and get ready to taste some really wicked treats! Just click below to get your spook-tacular Halloween underway!

Chocolate Candy Corn Truffles
"Dark chocolate and bitter orange offset the sweetness of candy corn in these fun but fancy truffles."

Double-Chocolate Caramel Apples
"Indulge in the ultimate chocoholic experience by dipping the caramel apples in both semisweet and bittersweet chocolate."

Pumpkin Patch Cakes
"Petite pumpkin-shaped cakes. Dust with confectioners' sugar, finish them with colorful frostings, or pipe on smiling or scary jack-o'-lantern faces."

Caramel-Dipped Apples
"Delicious caramel apples...decorate with toffee bits, mini M&Ms, candy sprinkles, etc."

What's your favorite treat to make for Halloween?

Salty Dreams Are Made Of This

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Chocolate Budino with sea salt and pine nut crust.jpgBy Deirdre Bourdet

Salty-sweet desserts are catching on like they're going out of style and I couldn't be happier. Once limited to French fleur de sel caramels, this delightful taste sensation has now exploded into salted ice creams, truffle fillings, and chocolate desserts near you.

I adore Chocolatier Blue in Berkeley because Chris Blue puts tons of Camargue sea salt into every one of his creations. From pistachio to sweet corn to deep dark chocolate truffles, the flavors pop and send your salivary glands into overdrive. Needless to say, his peanut brittle is also beyond compare--ethereally crispy, buttery, salty, nutty, and completely addicting.

What's On Your Grill . . .

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Summer is here and that can only mean one thing (okay, maybe a couple) . . .

First - Throw as much as you can on the grill because who wants to slave all day cooking and cleaning in the hot kitchen?! 

Second: Your kids will tire of hot dogs and hamburgers every night for lunch and dinner so why not try out some new things on the grill. The banana and nutella panini sounds delicious for a snack or dessert!

Third: There is more to life than just grilling meat!  Vegetables, fruits, bread and a slew of other things can be grilled too!

That being said - check out some of the recipes below. Let us know how they turn out and don't forget to pair them with wine!  White Wines for Summer or Best Wines for BBQ. Happy Grilling!

Paradise Blue Cheese Baklava

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baklava.jpegSubmitted by Chef Kelly Wangard of Paso Robles Inn Steakhouse

A savory interpretation of a classically sweet pastry this version of Baklava combines the rich flavor of Blue Cheese with walnuts for an amazing, out of this world treat.

Ingredients:
  • 1 box phyllo dough
  • 3 pounds Hook's Paradise blue cheese, Gorgonzola, or blue cheese
  • 1 pound butter
  • 5 cups walnuts, toasted
  • 1 cup sugar

B.R. Cohn's Walnut Orange Cake

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200ml-MandarinOrange-tn.jpgSubmitted by B.R. Cohn chef Sherri Hewitt

A simple, slightly crunchy cake recipe. With flavors of walnuts and orange this is a great Summertime or anytime desert. Enjoy!

Yield: Makes 8 to 10 servings

Ingredients

  • Nonstick olive oil spray
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange peel
  • 1/2 cup B.R. Cohn Mandarin Orange Olive Oil
  • Powdered sugar

Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery - Chocolate Bouchon Mix!

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bouchon.jpgIf you've ever been to Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery in Napa Valley Wine Country, then most likely you have tried their signature chocolate treat called "Bouchon".  It is chocolaty, brownie, cake-like goodness that no person should be without! If you have yet to go, definitely make this as a must visit, see, and taste for yourself stop next time you are in town*.  But what will you do until then???

Apparently, Bouchon Bakery has partnered  exclusively with Williams-Sonoma who are now selling the Chocolate Bouchon Mix directly to consumers.  "The mix combines Guittard cocoa powder, Nielsen-Massey pure vanilla and a generous helping of Callebaut chocolate chips".

It's only $18.00 and yields 18 bouchons.  Of course, you also have to buy the "bouchon mold pan".  Sigh...just looking at the picture is making me salivate all over again. I may have to order my mix tonight or since I live local, maybe just pop over to the bakery itself.

If there are any readers out there that have already tried the mix and have tasted the original, let us know if it tastes the same!

*Note: Bouchon Bakery is also located in New York and Las Vegas.

chocolate_croissant_lg.jpgChef: Sharon Campbell
Executive Pastry Chef, Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Prepared for Pairings at the Plaza during the 9th Annual Great Wine Escape in Monterey, CA

Gift Guide 2008 - Chocolate

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vogesChoc1.jpgVoges Haut-Chocolate
Ordinarily, you might think of chocolate for the holidays as a stocking stuffer or just a candy dish treat. Don't get stuck in boring traditions. Chocolate should be on your list for a friend, workmate, sibling, aunt, uncle, cousin...you get the point.

Voges Haut-Chocolat offers decadently, rich chocolates, truffles, caramels, toffee, and even brownies, ice cream and cake for the sophisticated "I love chocolate" palate. But now that you've scampered across the website, in this menu and the the other, salivating at all this chocolaty goodness, what to get is the now burning question.

Classic Strawberry Shortcake

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fdc943883.jpgFrom April through June is the best time to get ripe, delicious strawberries from California. Though most of us are still peeling off winter parkas and drying out from the rains, it's the height of the season for strawberries. This tasty recipe pairs the classic shortcake with fresh berries and whipped cream for a slice of heaven.

 

Oregon Fudge Bars from Euphoria Chocolate

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Filberts, also known as hazelnuts are what make these brownies so uniquely Oregonian. They're perfect for an after school treat or with fresh raspberries for a decadent evening dessert.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Dark Chocolate Buttons
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped filberts (hazelnuts)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup white sugar

In a heavy saucepan or microwave oven, melt chocolate with shortening. Remove from heat. With wire whip, blend in sugars. Beat eggs lightly with vanilla and salt and stir into chocolate mixture. Mix flour with baking powder. Add, all at once, beating until smooth.

Spread into greased 9-inch square pan. Sprinkle filberts over top and pat down with a spatula. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. Cool before cutting into bars. Makes 36 1 1/2" square bars.

Grilled Bartlett Pears and Candied Walnuts

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Wine Pairing:

2003 Late Harvest Viognier, $25

Ingredients - Candied Walnuts
  • 1 cup Walnut halves
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 + tsp. Togarashi - Japanese chile mix
  • Salt 
Ingredients - Pears
  • 3 ea. Bartlett pears, cut into 1/8ths, Cores removed
  • Sugar to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. Canola oil
  • 1 lb. Point Reyes Blue Cheese
  • 3 Tbsp. Honey


Ginger's Chocolate Dream

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Hurley's general manager, Jerry Lampe, created this delight with exquisite Callebaut milk chocolate, melted to a smooth drizzle, for a favorite customer.

  • 1 ounce Ketel One Vodka
  • 1 ounce dark crème de cacao
  • Splash of Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 2 teaspoons Callebaut milk chocolate, melted
Shake all ingredients except chocolate over ice and strain.
Drizzle in melted chocolate.

 

Hurley's Restaurant & Bar
6518 Washington Street
Yountville, CA
(707) 944.2345

Cranberry Cornmeal Torte

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Wine Country Recipe - Cranberry Cornmeal TorteBe adventurous and prepare a dessert outside of the usual pumpkin and sweet potato pie fare typically eaten at this time of year. Domaine Chandon recommends the Cranberry Cornmeal Torte along with any of their sparkling wines. Sparkling wine has an amazing ability to enhance a broad range of foods by refreshing and enlivening the palate. Follow this tasty recipe paired with sparkling wine and see how delicious this marriage can be.




Apple Tarte Tatin

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Submitted By François de Mélogue
Brewery Gulch Inn

Mendocino's Brewery Gulch Inn Executive Chef François de Mélogue takes advantage of Anderson Valley's bounty of Granny Smith apples for his special Tarte Tatin served warm with caramel ice cream. Join Chef de Mélogue for the Apple Harvest Dinner on September 23, 2006 when he displays the talents which make the Inn's breakfasts and lavish wine hour hors d'oeuvres so memorable. He also offers extraordinary in-room dinners by advance reservation. Visit www.brewerygulchinn.com for more information.

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Strawberries & Cream Napoleon

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napoleon pastry.jpgSubmitted by Glen Ellen Inn

A delicious story, read the new novel by Michele Scott "Murder by the Glass" that is full of wine country romance, mystery and RECIPES! This wine lover's mystery takes place in Napa and Sonoma Wine Country and includes several recipes and wine pairings from premier restaurants, wineries, and accomodations in these wine regions. Below is just one of the many wine pairing recipes you will find in Murder by the Glass.

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