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King Cake…there’s a baby in there somewhere…

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Mardi Gras was 2 weeks ago, I know, but I love a good King Cake anytime. And I love anything that reminds my of New Orleans.

This morning instead of having my protein shake, I cut into the King Cake that I won at a silent auction and look what I found!

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The tiny baby. On the first slice! So, I guess this means a year of good luck..maybe…? (If I had chocked on it, maybe it would bode as bad luck?)

I could do without the beads on the cake, but that’s a minor complaint.

The history and name of King Cake goes back to Epiphany and the 3 Kings. It is made with a brioche type dough and covered in a white glaze with mardi gras colored sprinkles.  My cake had a bit of cream cheese filling and some are more butter and cinnamon filled. For more history here’s a link to Wilipedia’s post.

It’s a tradition that should move into Christmas, instead of fruitcake.

Here’s a place to buy one online at kingcakes.com

If you’d like to bake one yourself, you can’t go wrong with Southern Living’s recipe.

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Do you have a favorite King Cake recipe or place to buy one? Let me know.

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Babycakes in Hillcrest is a new favorite of mine

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While vacationing in the San Diego last week we came upon this heaven of delicious food, outstanding bakery sweets and a fun spot for adult beverages.

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We were just looking for lunch, and the little house with the porch caught our eye. Next,  the words “hearty eats” and “liquid sweets” were what lured us in.

When we headed inside and looked at the menu we could hardly decide on which item to order. Everyone ordered something different and no-one left disappointed or hungry. The sandwiches, soup bowls, burger and fries servings were huge, and the prices were very reasonable.

Although we were all too full for cupcakes, we ordered some to take back to the hotel for a late night treat. I must admit that cupcakes have been really over played lately, but these cupcakes were worth the hype. The buttercream flavors were fresh and complemented each cake flavor. We tried blood orange, red velvet, chocolate raspberry, lemon bavarian, and pistachio. All were delightful, and if we had been staying closer to Babycakes, we would have been back for more.

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If your travels bring you to San Diego, you must stop in for lunch, a cocktail and a cupcake for later. Check out their site. It seems that there is always something fun happening there. You can order their cupcakes online, too! There is also a location in Balboa Park if you happen to be visiting the zoo.

 

Coole Swan, found at the end of every rainbow

coole swanIn honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, and all of my Irish family and friends, I would like to introduce you to an Irish Cream that is different from any that you’ve had before.

It’s called Coole Swan and it comes straight from the Emerald Isle. It is made with only natural ingredients: fresh Irish cream from their cows, single malt whiskey, vanilla, and Belgian chocolate. there is no caramel coloring added, thus the drink is a lovely white.

According to their web site, “The name Coole Swan was inspired by the unspoilt beauty of Coole Park in Gort, County Galway. It was immortalised in W. B. Yeats’ poem ‘The Wild Swans at Coole’.”

The drink is smooth and lightly sweet. It is delicious by itself, in coffee or in a cocktail. I prefer it in coffee before, during and after skiing.

But don’t just take my word for it…Coole Swan has won numerous gold medals in international competitions. It has developed a cult following due to its limited distribution in the U.S. It is slowly appearing on shelves, and it can be ordered from their web site (if your state allows liquor delivery which thankfully, my state does.).

Start looking and asking for it at your liquor sellers. You will be handsomely rewarded when you finally get your first sip. This is the real stuff.

Chatelaine Chocolate, Montana’s gift to you

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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 chatelainechocolate.com 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…

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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.

Cranberry Island Kitchen’s Whoopie Pies

I spied these little boxes in the frozen food case. They were pricey, but tempted me with their lovely shapes and flavors. I bought the pumpkin and the lemon. They had a few more tempting flavors as well.
They took about 2 hours to thaw, and looked just like the photos on the boxes.
I sliced them in half so I could properly sample the treats. The cake parts were very flavorful and moist. The center was a buttercream that was too plentiful and a little too sweet for my tastes. I would enjoy them more with half of the filling.
Check their web site, they are a lovely company in Maine.

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Spooky Candy

Screen shot 2013-09-17 at 2.01.52 PMHere’s a way to be the most memorable house on the block for trick-or-treating…hand out these hand-crafted lollipops. You can find them on Etsy made by a company called Vintage Confections, which happens to be 2 of my favorite things: vintage and confections…

It says that they are available in 5 flavors, but they don’t list the flavors on the site. You don’t think the flavors are calico, tabby…just kidding. I’m sure they taste as amazing as they look.

Wine Gums are neither wine, nor gum…what’s up?

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Gummy candy and I have a long history. These wine gums are cuious candies. I spotted them at World Market, and they were a little pricey at $3.99 a bag, so I had high hopes.

When I opened the bag I found that each shape is stamped with a wine variety name such as shiraz, or cabernet, yet they don’t taste like wine. In fact, they don’t taste much like fruit either. They are pleasant to chew, but could use some flavor boost. If you are looking for chewy, fruits candy, I would suggest Rowntree’s Fruit Gums. The are very good, as are their little cousins the Jelly Tots.

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You can find these online. I found them at Wise Choice British Foods.

So verdict on this variety of Wine Gums: don’t bother.