In honor of National Coffee Day, we suggest enjoying your daily cup with some deep, dark chocolate (are you surprised?). A mocha, a small square of chocolate submerged in your espresso, coffee ice cream with a fudgy chocolate sauce, or a pour-over with a lovely, smooth bar on the side (we found a 65% bar studded with sea salt did the trick quite well, although a bar loaded with roasted coffee beans & almonds takes the cake), it's all good. Enjoy!
Thursday, September 25, 2014
We dried a bunch of enormous, juicy blackberries from Walker Farm after tossing them in a pool of port wine, & paired them with an Ecuador dark chocolate & beautiful black Hawaiian sea salt. Salty, tart & deeply dark, these rustic little tablets exude mystery & pair wonderfully with a spicy zinfandel or shiraz, or a rich tawny port.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Rich, creamy fall flavors inspired by the leaves taking on their first blush: dark chocolate porcini mushroom with burnt caramel & homegrown rosemary domes; a deep chocolate local chèvre terrine with local honey & a whiff of our own homegrown lavender blossoms; & sweet & spicy local chili pepper caramel with locally grown Thai basil & lime zest. Time to open a tempranillo!
Friday, September 5, 2014
Pretty little local husk (ground) cherries from Walker Farm dipped in a 64% Madagascar chocolate are ready for a cocktail party. From the same family as the tomatillo, these delicious little fruits have a sweet & creamy gooseberry/blueberry/melon-y flavor, perfectly set off by the fruity & tangy chocolate variety. We suggest a glass of Roussanne to go with. Bon appétit!
Monday, September 1, 2014
This weekend in the test kitchen, a combination of delicious nutty dark chocolate, a whiff of the creamiest & richest smelling maple sugar we've ever tasted in Vermont (& yes, we've had many over the years!), & applewood smoked sea salt just made us actually look forward to winter. And snow. And the bitter cold. Behold, the power of chocolate.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
The weekend has a chill, leaves are just beginning to show their first blush, & spicy, rich chocolates are still something we crave. I made some Thai peanut butter cups with candied local chili peppers from Guerrilla Grown Produce, creaming the nut butter with the resulting reduction of chilis & turbinado sugar syrup, infused fresh local Thai basil from the Greenfield Farmers Market, ginger, & raw North Country honey.The crunchy nut butter has a sweet, juicy, fresh heat, delicious with the counterpoint of nutty & bittersweet chocolate.