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Champagne & Chocolate for a Posh Valentine

Nothing is more appealing than logs burning in a fireplace, a flute of champagne, and deliciously gooey chocolate morsels to celebrate this Polar Vortex Valentine’s Day.

Americans have become sophisticated foodies.  The consumption of wine has risen considerably and many homes feature wine cellars or storage units. Besides spirits, the country has also fallen in love with good chocolate,  gone are the days of the ubiquitous heart-shaped boxed candy.

What better time to celebrate our new found love of wine and chocolates than Valentine’s Day?  All of it can be done without guilt; we all know chocolate and wine are good for us.

We all have a favorite recipe for brownies, chocolate truffles, and cupcakes.  I like to surprise friends with my Brazilian treat – delectable chocolate treasures – Brigadeiros!

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Ingredients:

1 can of sweet condensed milk

Cocoa powder to taste

1 tablespoon of butter

1 tablespoon of heavy cream added at the end (My special secret)

1 cup of chocolate sprinkles

Directions:

In a heavy -bottom pan, mix the condensed milk, the cocoa powder and the butter. Mix well. Using low heat stir constantly until the mixture detaches from the bottom of the pan; this typically takes about 10 minutes. Add the heavy cream.  Remove it from the pan and place it in a buttered plate to cool. With buttered hands, form small balls, roll them on the sprinkles, and then place them in paper liners.

If you want a shortcut, contact FaBrigadeirosusa  in Miami (305)934-3870. Delectable little brigadeiros will arrive at your door in all their deliciousness.

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Pick up one of our gorgeous flutes for some crisp bubbly, the perfect, romantic chocolate companion. With all of your varietal and pricing choices, don’t forget Proseccos (my favorites) or the American sparkling wines.

When the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919 the French included limits on the use of the word Champagne to refer only to bubbly made using the traditional methods and grapes grown in the Champagne region of France. Although Americans are not obligated to do it, many producers label their bubbly Sparkling Wine out of respect while Italians do the same by calling bubbly Prosecco.

Being in a patriotic mood after Super Bowl week, and still under the influence of Renee Fleming’s spectacular rendition of our National Anthem, I want to encourage you to try some of our domestic sparklers:  Domaine Carneros Brut (California) or Mumm Napa Brut Prestige (California) both dry and fruity, perfect for chocolate pairing.

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No one talks about bed linens for Valentine’s but I think that they should be on the top of a gift list. Is there anything better than crisp sheets and soft pillows when tipsy from some wonderful bubbly? Indulge: Valentine’s is only once a year!

Cheers!

~Patricia de Niemeyer Kahane~

Tomato Soup Time!

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The minute the temperature cools down it’s comfort food time.  What’s better than a creamy tomato soup with a luscious and decadent grilled cheese to say hello to winter? We all grew up with the uber-famous and cherished Campbell’s Tomato Soup, but now that we are grown up and our taste buds are more sophisticated, our tomato soup needs to reach new levels and leave the can behind.

The irony is that by this time of the year tomatoes are not at their best so I suggest you to run to the store and buy them a few days in advance so they ripen fully. Tip: Never ever store the tomatoes in the fridge.

This is my modern take on Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese, which is fancy enough to be a dinner menu when you expect company:

Ingredients for the soup

12 large ripe tomatoes (about 4 pounds) quartered

¼ cup of olive oil

¼ cup of the best quality balsamic vinegar you can buy

4 large garlic cloves not peeled

½  cup of chopped yellow onions

Salt and pepper

2 cups of chicken or vegetable stock

1 spoon of sugar

1 spoon of ketchup

1 cup of fresh bay leaves (loosely packed)

Cooking Instructions

Place the first six ingredients in a non-reactive baking dish. Roast them in a 400 degree oven for about 35-40 minutes until the tomatoes are charred. Let them cool a bit.

Squeeze the garlic out of its peel. Place all the contents in a blender with the chicken or vegetable stock. Add the spoon of sugar if needed, the spoon of ketchup, and the fresh bay leaves.  Turn on your trusted blender (or Vitamix) and blend until very smooth.

You can make it ahead of time and refrigerate until needed. If you are not afraid of fat or cream, add a couple spoons when warming it up. Be careful not to get carried away with too much cream or you will lose the wonderful tanginess of the roasted tomatoes.

The Ultimate Grilled Cheese

Use two thick slices of a wonderful whole grain bread. Spread some Dijon mustard on one side (if you ever go to France bring back a couple jars of their supermarket brand-Amora. It’s divine!) and honey on the other.  Add one mozzarella slice (or two) and one slice of Havarti cheese (or two) topped with a couple of basil leaves.

Bring out your Panini press or a heavy skillet and some melted butter.  Press down your sandwich until the scrumptious cheeses melt.

Such a light meal leaves plenty of room for dessert. Reach out to your recipe box and bake a scrumptious apple pie (or buy one if you are feeling lazy). It will be the perfect ending for this all American menu.

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Pretty china enhances any food, so look for a lovely soup bowl and coordinating plate for the warm cheese bite.  This black and white china designed by Christian Lacroix would be perfect. Can’t you picture those bold stripes against the bright red of the tomatoes? This design can be appropriate for dinner or lunch. It gives a punch of style with presentation. Isn’t that what this meal is all about? (See this Copacabana Bowl and others here.)

Share your recipe experience with me: [email protected]

~Patricia de Niemeyer Kahane~

Halloween DIYs That Are Scary Fun!

It’s time to get ready for tricks and treats with Halloween is right around the corner! What better way to celebrate than a fun DIY project for you and your little one?

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Blackboard Pumpkins

Tired of the messy pumpkin carving thing? This is the perfect craft for you especially if you don’t want your little one around carving tools. Just cover the pumpkin with chalkboard paint, let it dry and let your imagination wander! Plus, there’s no reason to fret over a little mess up since it can be erased.

For the full craft: Indie Fixx

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Chocolate Tart Pumpkin Bites

What’s the point of ‘trick-or-treat’ without the ‘treat’? This is an easy no-bake recipe that the whole family will love. Best of all, it is a much healthier treat than candy.

For the full recipe: Family Fresh Cooking

Serve your snacks on a spooky plate like this one for extra fun: Trick or Treat Personalized Halloween Plate

(Like the plate? Order soon and receive before Halloween.)

trick or treat halloween plate from PoshTots

Happy Halloween Crafting!