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Monthly Archives: January 2014

McCormick’s Irish Cream, a new favorite for price, taste, and in my coffee…

mccormick's irish cream

I am a big fan of Baileys Irish Cream, but I am also cheap, so when I spotted this in the liquor store for less than half the price of Baileys, I had to try it. I’m glad I did. (Don’t confuse this with the stuff in the grocery store, this is a real liqueur.)

McCormick’s is made in Ireland, you can taste the whiskey and cream with slight notes of coffee and cocoa. I found it very close to Baileys, but not as thick. Since I use Irish Cream in my coffee when I go skiing, I think I’ll stick with the McCormick’s. By the way, Irish Cream goes bad, so drink yours up within 6 months of buying it.

Here’s my mix for a yummy cup of coffee when you need to warm up this winter.

2 parts Irish Cream
1 Part Kahulua
1 Part Irish Whiskey like Bushmills or Jameson.

Mix together and keep in a flask, jar, thermos, etc. and add to your coffee in an amount that works for you. Be careful, and for heavens sake don’t drive after drinking this. In fact, don’t ski after drinking two of these….


Baked Sweet Potatoes are the ultimate comfort food


It’s January and everyone is feeling a bit guilty about dumping their resolutions. Can you eat good food without self-loathing? Yes, these are the best side dish, and so easy to make. Just poke a few holes in each one, and place on a foiled lined baking sheet, and put in a 400 F oven for 45 minutes. I sprinkle a bit of cinnamon sugar, and a small pat of butter, just like Ted’s Montana Grill.

I suggest you make a few for tonight. They are delicious and really good for you. Enjoy!

A bookish Robbie Benson and a young Ralph Mouth discover Reese’s

Ah youth…enjoy…

Chatelaine Chocolate, Montana’s gift to you

La chatelaine candy case

Bozeman, Montana is home to 2 great chocolatiers. La Châtelaine Chocolat Co. makes artfully crafted little gems filled with delectable flavors. According to their web site this company was started by a Frenchman (and his American wife) who created La Châtelaine after longing for the delectable chocolates from childhood. The two owners have trained in San Francisco and Paris. They also make pilgrimages to France each summer to expand their culinary repertoire. It sounds like they are living their dream, and we reap the delicious results…

I tried the tiramisu, and the blood orange. Each were tiny bites of perfectly balanced flavor and sweetness. The flavors which they make range from Cocoa Nib Caramel to King Bourbon. One of the fascinating combinations which they create is as follows: French Marigold which is White Chocolate Ganache infused with Fleur de Marigold Petals (really!) and Meyer Lemon covered in dark chocolate…whoa! Here’s another: Pain D’epices has in it Ginger, Cloves, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Anise and Honey in Dark Chocolate Ganache with Dried Orange.

It’s no wonder that these candies are fairly pricey, but one piece will satisfy you due to its full flavor and richness.

La Chatelaine Caramels

I bought a little box of caramels and rationed one out each day. They are gone now, but their sweet memory lives on…

La Chatelaine

The box in which these come in is reminiscent of something from Paris. I would keep the box after all of the candy was gone. This would make a fantastic gift for the pickiest of candy connoisseurs.

I highly recommend that you visit their site to purchase these as a gift for your valentine. It will be a box of chocolate that will never be forgotten, and one that comes from Montana as well.