Within The Merry Widow, you will find this gem… the Cape May Olive Oil Company. I lost track of the many delicious olive oils we had sampled on toast; a few standouts… truffles, onion, garlic, citrus blends. Finally I decided on an Italian Herb and a packet of dried herbs to be mixed together as part of a savory appetizer. I don’t need house guests as an excuse to indulge you know ;). We warmed slices of hero bread a couple of nights in a row to accompany this fantastic duo. I really have to buy more once we are out! Also some lucky couple in our family is also going to receive a Tuscan Herb version as part of a holiday gift. I almost forgot to say… their Tarragon Honey Mustard has been highly delightful condiment on shrimp and I can’t wait to pair it with other foods! Feast your eyes below ;)!
I’m particularly sweet on The Original Fudge Kitchen’s Irish Potatoes and am planning to give these as stocking stuffers this Christmas to the lucky few. They are made of fresh cream & cinnamon besides other delicious ingredients and should be enjoyed within 2-3 weeks, even longer if frozen [this is no problem with me… no need to freeze ;)]. I enjoyed my little bunch so much that I went back the next day to buy some for my mom. My mother’s been sweet on sweets as long as I can remember and very open-minded to trying new things (even beyond our culture). Though we haven’t always seen things eye-to-eye, this is something I love about her. Besides the Irish Potatoes, I also bought her marzipans to try for the first time. Another treat I loved from TOFK was their pistachio fudge. For the sweet-toothed… The Original Fudge Kitchen’s info.
Recently I bought a terrific tiered canister from Gilt by Global Amici. I use it to store holiday candy. Everything is kept well-protected and sealed. I really love it! It’s an attractive design too. I initially wished they had the four tiered available during that sale but the three tiered has proven to be fine. I can also see this canister used to house craft bits and baubles, bath salts, among a number of other things.
Names of health conscious bars/snacks which I enjoy from time-to-time. These can be found at Shop Rite among other places. They are all very tasty but I find that Luna bars are mildly more chalky than the others, Larabars are more cakey, and the Kind ones are pretty crunchy and sticky due to the fact that it’s really nuts and fruit stuck together with honey. Of course the overall textures are dependent on the individual ingredients. They have all been life savers at one point or another! I try to always keep one or two in my purse. You never know when hunger will strike… whether waiting at the bus stop, taking a train headed for home, or after a long hair salon appointment. Some of these bars are also gluten-free, dairy free, vegan, and kosher; just read the labels before purchasing. They receive a thumbs up from me.
Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays! Happy New Year!!!
I spotted these lovely piecrust cutters in the holiday edition of Williams-Sonoma’s catalog and was instantly inspired! Aren’t the pies just gorgeous with not too much effort even?! I ordered a set of these holiday cutters and a fall leaves version. I’m going to get back into baking for sure now! Some day I would love to present a pretty pie that I made with any of these cutter sets to a party hostess.
I will try my best to remember to post pics of my upcoming pie bake =)
*Photocredit: Williams-Sonoma & NYCupcake
*Update: February 16, 2012:
I recently made a chicken pot pie using these charming pie cutters; just couldn’t wait. Tasted delicious besides the few darkened spots on the crust.
They finally arrived at my local supermarket! Just Tomatoes Etc. The perfect trail hike treats and delights to satisfy your munchies! I love Just Bananas and Just Mango best so far; better yet, mixing them together in one bag =)
I was so happy to find this shop! I can’t even recall how I did; perhaps a colleague found out about my love of sweets and mentioned that I should pay this shop a visit =) I ended up buying bags of Mary Janes and Bit O’ Honeys to share and a giant PEZ fireman dispenser to surprise a good friend. These are atypical kid favorites but so very good! My faves during my childhood were: Razzles, Chiclets, Fun Dip, Nerds, Wax Bottles, Now & Laters, Starbursts, Candy Buttons, Jolly Ranchers, and Sweetarts to name a few.
Mt. Kisco Main Street Candy: Stocks old-time favorites and baseball cards. I have to figure out the exact name and address for you. I went there yesterday and didn’t take my receipt. What I picked up: jumbo and super-jumbo sized Smarties to surprise DH, lemon head, SweeTarts, Starbursts, Razzles, Mary Janes, Laffy Taffy, and Now & Laters. I was really bad, I know =(
The Chocolate Chalet: I love chocolate truffles above all others. The more decadent e.g. chocolate-chocolate combos, the better! Our last visit was in February of this year and I believe their truffles to be phenomenal tasting and a feast for the eyes!
This Valentine’s Day I decided to buy something special to share with my honey- Gimbal’s Honey Lovers candies. They are really good; an interesting twist on jelly bean-type candies and heart-shaped too! This is our new coffee table candy of choice =)
P.S. Gimbals, please make a version of Honey Lovers for tea enthusiasts (a sugar honey rock candy version to take the place of ordinary sugar cubes). I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
The first batch of picante style sauce I made was a Part 1 of a Wagon Wheel Pasta Salad recipe. Since I needed only one cup of sauce for the pasta salad, I used the rest as salsa dip for tortilla chips. May I add, a great snack for watching football =) I still have a bunch of tortilla chips left so I decided to make some more dip to have with it. Afterall, tortillas are kind of blah without any dip =(. I couldn’t find the exact picante recipe I originally used but overall remembered the ingredients.
1 Spanish onion (medium) cubed
1 Red bell pepper cubed
1 Green bell pepper cubed
1 Cup of cilantro (you may use less; I just love cilantro so I tend to put more in, plus by the time you get rid of the stems and chop it up, there’s barely much left)
2 Cans of diced tomatoes (I only kept 3/4 can’s worth of tomato juice)
1 Tiny can of tomato paste
Several pieces of jalapeno peppers (bottled) chopped fine (you may want to use more or less depending on how mild or hot you want it)
I saw a copy of American Fashion Cookbook offered during a Gilt sale and although I currently have ample cookbooks, I had to have it! What could be better than perusing through recipes which have helped fuel the creative forces of some of the world’s most amazing fashion designers? My only qualm is that Katherine Kwei (my favorite handbag designer) is missing from this book. I’ve tried a few recipes from this book so far e.g. Saturday Night Chicken, Arroz Con Pollo, Sweet Potato Casserole etc. and really love them. Pick up a copy!