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Chocolate Bark

I was going through some old holiday books when I came across this very simple recipe for bark, it’s all about the melting. In the past I would go through the multi ingredient steps to make the chocolate, then during the tempering the chocolate would seize and I vowed never to make bark again, then a year passes, I forget the hassle, the holidays arrive and I want to make gifts and I think, "Bark would be great" and the cycle begins. I use Ghirardelli chocolate chips and if I cannot get them I use Costco brand. Of course, I tend to use only the dark chocolate. But lately I have been layering the different chocolates and adding flavoring. The book says use big blocks of chocolate, then bre

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Ingredients 1 2/3 cups unbleached flour 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp 1 cup raw sugar 1 cup dark chocolate chips 1/2 cup half & half 1/2 cup broken candy canes 2/3 cup un-sweeten cocoa powder 2 ounces of chocolate, 80% or greater, melted and cooled slightly 1 egg, beaten 2 teaspoons of baking powder 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract 1/2 teaspoon of salt Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees Whisk together in a large bowl flour, salt , cocoa powder and baking powder Cream together to butter and sugar until smooth and light. Next add the egg and peppermint until smooth. Followed by the cooled but still liquid chocolate until smooth and combined. Now add the flour mixture and half & half,

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients 1 3/4 cup of rolled oats 1 cup of unbleached flour 1 cup of mashed bananas 1 cup of raw sugar 1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter, room temp 1/2 cup wheat germ 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds 1/2 cup cocoa nibs 1/2 cup roasted, chopped almonds 1/4 cup black sesame seeds 1 egg 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg Directions Preheat oven to 375 degrees Whisk together in a large bowl, the dry ingredients, flour, wheat germ, salt, spices & sesame seeds. Whisk together in another bowl, oats, raisins, almonds, nibs and pumpkin seeds Cream together the sugar and butter until smooth and creamy. Now add the

Spice Cookie

Cookies seam to get the highest number of requests, here is another not so run of the mill type cookie. I created this by mistake, i was out of molasses when I was making my ginger snap cookie but i had honey so i played with spice combination and after several tries I came up with the Spice cookie, I hope you like it. Ingredients 1 1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour 1 stick of butter room temp 3/4 cup raw sugar 1 egg 1 1/2 table spoon raw local honey 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 1/2 teaspoon ground clove 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt Directions Now this is really easy, just place all of the ingredients with the exception

Chicken Meatloaf

Ingredients 1 ½ lb. of ground chicken 1 pint cremini mushroom, sliced 1 pint oyster mushrooms, sliced 1 pint shitake mushrooms, sliced 1 cup Asiago cheese, freshly grated ½ cup of stale bread, finely chopped 1 leek, cleaned and sliced thin, just the light-green part 2 shallots, minced 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 large egg, whisked 1 teaspoons fresh thyme, minced 1 teaspoon smoked paprika pinch of fresh grated nutmeg Olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Glaze ¼ cup maple syrup 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard ½ teaspoon cumin pinch of cayenne pepper Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees In a large bowl mix the three types of mushrooms. In a large skillet over medium/high heat

Autumn Chicken

Ingredients 1 3lb to 5lb whole chicken, cup up 1 cup dry white wine 6 shallots, quartered 4 apples, cored and cut into wedges 2 funnel bulbs, fronds removed cut into 8 wedges each ½ cup fresh sage leaves 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoon Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons of honey salt and pepper to taste Directions Preheat oven to 425 degrees In a bowl whisk, together wine, mustard, oil, honey and season to taste. Divide the sauce in half into two bowls. Toss chicken in one bowl then arrange, skin side up, on a parchment line deep baking dish. Next in the other bowl toss the shallots, fennel and apples, toss to coat, then place just the fennel and shallots on the same baking dish with chicken,

Cocktails, Gin

Crimson 1 jigger gin 1 pony port 1 dash orange bitters Crackled ice Shake gin and bitters, strain into an old fashion glass, add port and l

Cocktails, Measures & Glasses

Wow - that was quick, I already received a few emails asking to explain what a "pony" is. Here are some quick terms and by no means is this complete . Cocktails - Mixing Measures Dash – 3 drops – 0.32 ounces - the amount released from a bottle of flavoring when it is given one good downward shake through a glass, porcelain or metal quill inserted in a cork, or just 3 drops Splash – about 0.12 ounces or 2 ml Count – 0.50 or ½ ounce – 1 tablespoon Pony or shot – 1 ounce Tall pony or Single shot – 1 ½ ounces Jigger – 2 ounces or ¼ cup Double shot or Snit – 3 ounces Wine glass – 4 ounces Split – 6 ounces Fifth – 25.6 ounces or a fifth of a gallon Part – any equal part Glasses Punch Glass – hand

Cocktails, Part One

Bracer de Luxe 1 pony absinthe 1 dash anisette 1 dash vermouth, French 1 dash chartreuse juice of half a small lemon 1 teaspoon simple syr

Chicken & Squash Cannelloni

Ingredients 2 large chicken breast, boned, skinned 1 pound butternut squash, peeled and cubed 2 cups ricotta 2 shallots, diced 1 garlic clove, minced ¾ cup fresh grated Asiago cheese 8 wide lasagna noodles ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons of half & half 1 tablespoon fresh mince sage leaves 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon honey 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 1/8 teaspoons of fresh grated nutmeg Olive oil Salt and Pepper to taste Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees Prep a deep baking dish with parchment, then brush with olive oil. In a small bowl whisk, together about 2 tablespoons of olive oil, half the sage, honey, mustard, vinegar and salt and pepper. Now brush chicken with sauce, both si