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Monday, February 9, 2015

Valentine's Day Salted Chocolate Ginger Bark with Pomegranate Seeds

Salted Chocolate Ginger Bark with Pomegranate Seeds

I'll be making this delicious bark to have as part of our Valentine's dessert.

12 ounces bittersweet chocolate (60% cacao), broken into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons minced crystallized (candied) ginger
Coarse sea salt
½ cup pomegranate seeds

1. Place the chocolate pieces in a medium pan and melt over moderate heat. Stir until chocolate is smooth. Remove from heat and stir in ginger.

2. Transfer mixture to a 2-quart baking dish and spread evenly.

3. Refrigerate until the bark is no longer warm and is soft enough to gently press the pomegranate seeds into the chocolate. Season the bark with coarse salt.  

     4. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until the bark is hard. Gently break (being careful not to crush the pomegranate seeds) into serving pieces. Keep refrigerated until serving time. Bark will last about 5 days.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Crowd-Pleasing Super Bowl Game Day Appetizer

                                        Watch-It-Disappear Horseradish Dip
Get the recipe and watch me prepare this tasty dip on News Channel 3 Let's Talk Live

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What's in Season Now: Brussels Sprouts

Lemon Butter Brussels Sprouts, Sauerkraut-Style

This recipe appears in my new cookbook, Tasting the Seasons. Lately we've been sampling it at every booking signing. It is so well received, even kids love it! The first memory I have of Brussels sprouts appearing on a dinner plate was when I was in my late teens. My mother introduced them in late autumn and served them alongside stuffed pork chops and sweet potatoes. Not only was the combination seasonal and colorful, the Brussels sprouts were cooked and seasoned to perfection. Many years later, I thought about how clever my mother was to wait until her brood of five was mature enough to fully appreciate this sophisticated little vegetable.

1½ pounds Brussels sprouts (about 2 dozen)
½ cup (1 stick) butter
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
A few grindings of freshly ground black pepper

  1. To prepare Brussels sprouts, remove stem, cut in half lengthwise and thinly slice each half widthwise. 
  2. In a large pan, melt butter over moderate heat, add Brussels sprouts and salt and stir to evenly coat shredded sprouts with butter. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 10–15 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  3. Add lemon zest and juice, stir, cover and cook an additional 2–5 minutes or until tender. Season the Brussels sprouts with pepper. Serve immediately.

8 servings

Friday, February 14, 2014

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Coconut Cranberry Sundae

For a party we hosted the other night, I spooned the leftover maple cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving over rich and creamy coconut ice cream. I garnished the colorful duo with shredded coconut and toasted pecans and topped it with a caramel filled chocolate square from Lake Champlain Chocolates. It was as tasty as it was beautiful. 

If you're looking to serve a delicious, simple, fun and festive dessert for the forthcoming holiday, I've included this tried and true popular Maple Cranberry Sauce recipe I've been preparing for years. 

Maple Cranberry Sauce

One 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries, rinsed
1 cup pure maple syrup
1 cup cranberry-raspberry juice
Grated zest of one orange
In a large saucepan, combine cranberries, maple syrup, juice and orange zest. Bring mixture to a boil, lower heat and cook, stirring occasionally until cranberries pop open, about 5-10 minutes.