Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Bubbling Over with Holiday Cheer

You say “Champagne” but you might be buying “Sparkling Wine.” So, what’s the difference? Chef Erin gives a quick overview of sparkling wine, how to open and serve it, and a recipe for a champagne cocktail. You’ve heard the old saying, “location, location, location” when it comes to real estate or business matters but how…  (Read more…)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Holiday Appetizer: Crab Stuffed Shrimp

It’s a festive time of year, so here’s an elegant dish for your next party. If you decide to offer them as part of a buffet or at a cocktail party, you can serve the sauce in a small bowl on the side so guest can serve themselves. Crab Stuffed Shrimp with Sherry Cream Sauce…  (Read more…)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Homemade Holiday Gift: Jam Filled Spitzbuben Cookies

I’ve been teaching a German Cookie and Sweets class at PCC this month.  Although there are many wonderful cookie recipes, the Spitzbuben, a jam filled sandwich cookie has been the hands-down favorite. They originated in Switzerland and migrated north to Germany. I thought I’d share the recipe here with you too. Spitzbuben Makes about 30 cookies…  (Read more…)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Homemade Holiday Gift: Chocolate Dipped Caramels with Sea Salt

Looking for a great homemade holiday gift? These dark chocolate covered caramels are pine! The sea salt is key. It adds a whole new dimension of flavor and texture. Enjoy! Chocolate Dipped Caramels with Sea SaltMakes approximately 150 pieces 4 cups sugar1 1/3 cup light corn syrup1 cup water1 quart whipping cream1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature,   cut into…  (Read more…)

Monday, December 2, 2013

An Old Fashioned Christmas!

I was meeting my friend, Cathy, for a drink at Duo’s a couple weeks ago. She was running a little late so I was perusing the cocktail list. I read the description of their Old Fashioned which included orange bitters. I recently purchased some for a rum drink, so that caught my eye in the…  (Read more…)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Fun Food for Your Holiday Party: Mashed Potato Martini Bar

The holidays are usually a mix of family and friends. If you find yourself needing a crowd-pleasing party food, I’ve got just the ticket. A Mashed Potato “Martini” Bar! (Don’t worry, I am not referring to potato vodka. This idea is kid-friendly.) I am talking about build-it-yourself party food. Mashed Potato Martini Bars are a…  (Read more…)