In France, sweet treats have been an important part of holiday traditions for centuries, and this season, home cooks in America can impress holiday guests by incorporating a new product from esteemed French dessert maker PrePat’33.
READY TO BAKE LIQUID BATTERS (www.prepat33.fr) are inspired by actual French recipes. The handy pouches keep for up to a year in your cupboard and bake in 10 – 25 minutes, depending on which delicious treat you prepare. And the best part—no additional ingredients are needed. Simply pour the READY TO BAKE batter into a cake pan or muffin tin, and bake.
A variety of these fabulous desserts are available in stores across the Unites States, and can also be ordered online through iGourmet.com. Caramel Salted Butter Lava Cake, Chocolate Lava Cake, Chocolate Cake, Brownies, Gluten-free Brownies, Blueberry Muffins
Amaretto Cheesecake with Madeleine Crust
- 2/3 cup Sugar Bowl Bakery* Madeleine pieces, plus 6 whole cookies for garnish
- 1⁄4 cup whole raw almonds
- 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 5 Tbsp. butter, melted
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
- 1⁄2 tsp. almond extract
- 1⁄4 tsp. salt
- 2 large eggs
- 3 tsp. amaretto liqueur (optional)
- Bittersweet chocolate, for garnish
1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
2. Place 2/3 cup Madeleine pieces, almonds, brown sugar and butter in a food processor and grind until fine. Pour crumb mixture into an 8” springform pan and press firmly onto the bottom and sides.
3. Place cream cheese and granulated sugar in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth. Beat in almond extract and salt.
4. Blend in eggs one at a time, on low speed. Stir in amaretto.
5. Pour batter into the crust.
6. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the filling is just set. Let cool to room temperature and then refrigerate until chilled. Makes 12 servings.
Garnish: Take 6 Madeleine cookies and cut diagonally in half. Melt bittersweet chocolate. Dip the bottom of each cookie into melted chocolate, place on a tray lined with foil or waxed paper, and refrigerate until the chocolate hardens. Place a cookie, chocolate side down, on each piece of cheesecake.
Fika: The Art of The Swedish Coffee Break offers more than 45 classic and delicious recipes from cinnamon buns and ginger snaps to rhubarb cordial and rye bread. Sweden is one of the world's top coffee consuming nations. A time to take a rest from work and chat with friends or colleagues over a cup and a sweet treat, Fika is part of the national identity and a marker of the Swedish ideal of taking time to appreciate life's small joys.
Heat Up Your Holidays! Available in two sizes Chef'sChoice Int'l KeepHot™ Thermal Electric Kettle: Models 691 and 692 feature a concealed heating element that delivers 1500 watts of power that will rapidly and quietly boil water and keep it hot for up to four hours to save time and energy from having to frequently re-boil water. (After water boils, the kettles keep water to 176°F after two hours and 155 °F after four hours). Even though water inside is boiling hot, the kettle itself features a cool touch body for safe and easy handling. Crafted from food grade, unbreakable 18/8 stainless steel inner and outer shell the cord stores neatly in base and adjusts to desired length. BPH free. Available for $69.99 for 1.5 liter and $59.99 for 1.2 liter.
Telula has announced the debut of its new shelf-stable, functional juice line. The juices are made from organic cold-pressed ingredients that are gently pasteurized with no refined sugars, preservatives or artificial colors, and available in the following flavors: Green Fusion, Green Zing, Beet Carrot, Carrot Citrus, Melon Mint, Spicy Lemon, Blackberry Chia, Tart Cherry Chia, Bilberry Banana Chia & Coconut Citrus Chia. 32oz bottles are available at Kroger, Walmart, King Soopers, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Ralphs, QFC, and Smiths.
Gratitude Gourmet had a very nice and relaxing lunch at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. All Appetizers, Entrees and Desserts were delicious and I highly recommend the Saison (Fruity and spicy farmhouse ale made with honey, ginger, hibiscus & Peruvian herb Cat's Claw)!
Mavericks® Brewing, an independent craft brewing company devoted to creating innovative American craft beer in cans, added two more beers to its portfolio: the Big Break Belgian Golden Strong Ale, which received the gold medal for best French/Belgian Ale at the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championships, and the Coastside Pilsner, which received the silver medal for Premium American Lager at the 2015 California State Fair.
The Big Break Belgian Golden Strong Ale features Pilsner malt that comes together with a touch of wheat. The results are a beautiful golden color and a light, sweet malt background. European hops are then added for a subtle grassy, earthy and herbal flavor. The Belgian style yeast offers aromas of honey, bubblegum and banana with a soft spice character. Belgian clear candy sugar is added for an exceptionally complex and dry finish. Available on draft and in a four-pack of 16 ounce cans. ABV 8.3% & 25 IBUs
The Coastside Pilsner is Mavericks’ take on an American Premium style lager, and is brewed with American 2-Row and German Pilsner malt for a clean malt profile. Both German and American hops create a grassy, woody and floral finish, while California lager yeast rounds out the profile for a remarkably smooth and well-balanced beer that is perfect for a warm coastal afternoon. Available on draft and in a four-pack of 16 ounce cans. ABV 5.5% & 31 IBU
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National Hot Cocoa Day is coming up December 13th.
GODIVA stores recently launched the “Hot Chocolate for a Cause” national charity program with the Toys for Tots Foundation. For every hot chocolate beverage that is sold in GODIVA stores from through December 15th, the chocolatier will donate $1.00 to Toys for Tots.
Dandies Mini Marshmallows are a delicious fit for topping hot chocolate this winter or for using in dessert recipes for the holidays and New Year’s. Check out this yummy recipe for s’mores truffles: http://bit.ly/smorestruffles
Looking for some red wines that will pair beautifully with your holiday dishes and parties? Here are a few selections for you.
Bodegas Franco Espanolas Rioja Bordon Reserva 2009
An elegant wine with balsamic and spicy notes followed by raspberry, plum, and vanilla flavors. Franco Espanolas, which is celebrating its 125 anniversary this year, is one of Rioja’s most prestigious and historic wineries. The Reserva is aged for 20 months in wood and then 24 months in bottle.
Angelini Estate Pergola Rosso
With only 3 Pergola Rosso wines available in the US, this is a very unique bottle of wine. Pergola Rosso is an indigenous grape from Italy’s Marche region. This wine exhibits notes of rose petals and lavender and flavors of wild cherry and strawberries; serve with slight chill.
Finca El Encinal Crianza 2011
From the Ribera del Duero, El Encinal Crianza is a harmonious and elegant wine. Its red fruit, cedar, and spice bouquet and flavors of black cherry, plum, and raisin notes make it a wonderful choice for holiday meals.
Sonoma Cider – the award-winning certified organic and sulfite/sulfate free brand in the exploding hard cider category has developed some festive cocktails using their unique ciders.
Please see cocktails recipes below
The Tree Topper
.5oz Luxardo Bitter
.5oz cranberry simple syrup
5oz The Hatchet
1 sprig of rosemary
1 star anise, whole
Ensure the cider is very cold before serving. Pour Luxardo and cranberry simple syrup into champagne flute and top with cider. Garnish with rosemary-anise tree garnish.
For the garnish: Cut rosemary sprigs so that they sit 1" below the rim of the glass. Ensure you trim off the top of the rosemary sprig that is green and soft (cut down to the rigid part). Remove one or two points from the star anise to expose the center circle. Using a push pin or small nail create a hole to insert the rosemary sprig into. Be gentle and don’t go past the center of the star anise when making the hole or it will break.
Cranberry simple syrup
2 1/4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (8 ounces)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
In a medium saucepan, bring cranberries, sugar, and water to a simmer over medium. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until cranberries are tender but haven't burst, 10 minutes. Let cool, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Discard cranberries.
Cran Master Sage
1.5oz St. George Botanivore Gin
.75 oz cranberry simple syrup
4 sage leaves
.5 oz honey syrup
4oz The Hatchet
Muddle sage with all ingredients but cider. Shake with ice for 15 seconds and strain into glass. Top with 4 oz cider and then fill glass with ice. Garnish with sage leaf and cranberries on a pick.
The Extreme magic Opener opens aluminum cans, glass bottles, and the four most common sizes of plastic bottle caps. From soups to beer and pet food, it you to access your food and drinks in an instant.
For those with limited arm strength or arthritis, the Extreme magic Opener features an ergonomic handle - it’s even easy for kids to use! www.magicopener.com
David Rio exhibited at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Show in Seattle, Washington, where its Tea Frost Premium Tea Frappe line won Best New Product in the Specialty Prepared Tea or Chai Beverage and Beverage Mix Category. Tea Frost was also voted as SCAA 2015's People's Choice Winner for Best New Product, in the Specialty Prepared Tea or Chai Beverage and Beverage Mix category.
David Rio was founded in 1996 by the husband and wife team, Scott (David) Lowe and Rio Miura. Today, David Rio products are available in cafes, restaurants, and specialty retail stores in over 45 countries around the globe.
As part of the company's mission to bring awareness to endangered species, David Rio is a strong and dedicated supporter of animal welfare, and each year, donates a percentage of the profits from sales of its signature Tiger Spice Chai® to International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). IFAW's initiatives further David Rio's commitment to protect endangered tigers and elephants around the world.
All chai varieties in our Endangered Species line are named after endangered or at risk animals.
David Rio Endangered Species line includes: Tiger Spice Chai®, Tiger Spice Chai® Decaffeinated, Elephant Vanilla™, Tortoise Green Tea™, Toucan Mango™, Maple Moose™, Orca Spice™ Sugar-Free and Flamingo Vanilla™ Sugar-Free.
THE MESSENGER documentary about the demise of the world’s Song Bird population will be hitting theaters in December.
Winner of Best Conservation Program at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, The Messenger will be Opening in New York at Cinema Village and Columbus at Gateway Film Center - Friday, December 4, 2015 and Opening in Los Angeles at Laemmle Monicas - Friday, December 11, 2015 and then over 30 additional theatrical engagements. http://songbirdsos.com/screenings/
"A must-see movie for anybody who values the natural world or wonders about its relationship to humans." ~ John Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Synopsis: "For thousands of years, songbirds were regarded by mankind as messengers from the gods. Today, these creatures – woven inextricably into the fabric of our environment – are vanishing at an alarming rate. Under threat from climate change, pesticides and more, populations of hundreds of species have dipped dramatically. As scientists, activists and bird enthusiasts investigate this phenomenon, amazing secrets of the bird world come to light for the first time in this acclaimed and visually thrilling documentary. Find out what’s killing our songbirds, and what can be done about it."
Family-owned Ozery Bakery marries convenience and health with their Morning Rounds and Snacking Rounds. Filled with real fruit and only the healthiest grains, these buns are completely free of artificial preservatives, GMO's and ingredients. They can be topped with butter, jams or cream cheese. When you pop them in the toaster, they smell freshly baked!
Would you like to WIN the Citristar Juicer and Morning Rounds? Just tell Gratitude Gourmet on Facebook what Juices you will make! Here's the Link! https://www.facebook.com/GratitudeGourmet/
Gunter Wilhelm’s new line of cutlery and cookware debuts this Fall and includes:
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Kaibae (www.gokaibae.com), produces organic, non-GMO baobab superfood powder from Northern Ghana. Kaibae’s baobab powder is USDA-certified organic, vegan, and gluten-free, which provides an incredible array of health benefits. A Baobab fruit contains six times more Vitamin C than an orange, twice as much calcium than a glass of milk, four times the potassium of a banana, six times the antioxidants of berries, and twelve times the dietary fiber of an apple. You can mix it with water or fruit juice. Enjoy!
Available Nationwide starting in December via Gathr Screenings
Available on iTunes, VOD, Netflix, DVD March 2016
Directed by Daryl Wein
Written by Daryl Wein & Zoe Lister-Jones (Breaking Upwards, Lola Versus)
Starring: Zoe Lister-Jones (currently starring on CBS hit show Life in Pieces), Victor Garber (Argo), Beth Grant (The Mindy Project), Taylor Kinney (Chicago Fire), Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory), Anthony Edwards (ER), Griffin Dunne (Dallas Buyers Club) & Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon)
Synopsis: Consumed is a narrative dramatic thriller set in the complex world of GMOs. The story is anchored by a working-class, single Mother on a hunt to uncover the cause of her son's mysterious illness. Interwoven are the stories of an Organic farmer, the CEO of a biotechnology corporation, and two Scientists on the verge of a major discovery.
Looking for a new gluten-free snack? Check out Nairn's-free oat bars, biscuits, and crackers. The website recommends toppings and where to purchase. Enjoy! http://www.nairns-oatcakes.com/nairns-abroad/us
1 cup strawberries1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 cup orange juice
2 Tbsp Carrington Farms Organic Flax Hemp Blend
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Enjoy!
Looking for Healthy Cereals and Snacks? Here are some delicious options! Enjoy!
Kashi Cocoa Coconut with KAMUT® Khorasan Wheat Granola
Rolling out nationwide now, this tasty granola is a great breakfast cereal available at retailers including Shoprite, Wegmans, Publix, Meijer, Ahold, HEB and Safeway.
Kracklin’ KAMUT® consists of large kernels of organic ancient grain KAMUT®, and is lightly salted with ancient salt from caves in Utah. It’s Non-GMO Project Verified, USDA Certified Organic and contains no cholesterol or trans fats. It’s also high in fiber, protein and lipids. Kracklin’ KAMUT® is available in packs of 12 at kracklinkamut.com.
i heart keenewah snack size Quinoa Puffs
Aged Cheddar and Herbes de Provence packs are non-GMO Project Verified, Certified Gluten-Free, Kosher, Soy Free and the Herbes de Provence flavor is Vegan and Dairy Free (Aged Cheddar contains dairy). i heart keenwah Quinoa Puffs are available at iheartkeenwah.com and amazon.com.
i heart keenwah snack size Quinoa Clusters
Chocolate Sea Salt and Cashew Cranberry are Certified Gluten-Free, Vegan, Dairy Free and Soy Free and are available online at iheartkeenwah.com and amazon.com.
Are you looking for a fast energy-boosting breakfast or snack? Check out these Dairy and Gluten-Free Non-GMO Chia Pods that deliver 3g of omega-3 and 6g of dietary fiber, protein and antioxidants, providing sustained energy throughout the day.
Dark Cacao and Vanilla Bean Chia Pods contain one full serving of sun ripened chia seeds mixed with coconut or almond milk.
The Chia Pod lid, cup and spoon are 100% recyclable and have been made from 30% recycled material.
To find your nearest The Chia Co products near you check out the store locator. Enjoy!
Check out the first Non-GMO Verified marshmallows on the market. Dandies marshmallows are produced in the company’s dedicated facility, which is free of dairy, eggs, peanuts and tree-nuts, artificial ingredients and high fructose corn syrup and do not contain any wheat, corn or soy.
These vegan gelatin-free marshmallows are delicious and perfect for roasting over a fire for S'MORES. Dandies are air puffed and have that traditional light and fluffy texture and flavor that melts and tastes awesome!
Dandies Classic Vanilla Marshmallows are available in campfire style and mini sizes at Whole Foods Market and other natural food stores across the U.S. for an SRP of $5.29 per 10oz package. Find @MyDandies on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
All were fresh, beautifully presented and excellent. If you like Poke, the Poke Three Ways dish is for you - it had a variety of options with exotic seaweeds which you will love. The Summer Salmon Salad featured Wild Salmon over green lettuces, hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, green beans with a delicate sauce - nothing short of incredible. Both entrees were paired with Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc. Perfection!
Last but not least were the Desserts - Fried Dulce de Leche 'Spring Rolls' with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, and my FAVORITE Summer dessert special: Grilled Pineapple Sundae! The vanilla ice cream seemed like it was handmade as you could see specks of vanilla bean.
Roxana our Server was Amazing as was the Ambiance.
We highly recommend Pacific Catch and they have locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.