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Nectar of Love

Nectar of Love

This is from the Valentine’s Day, 2006 issue of the newsletter.

A tasty alternative to the traditional champagne and strawberries.

1 part vanilla
2 parts raspberries
2 parts whiskey
3 parts triple sec
Dark chocolate orange wedges

Places raspberries and 1 chocolate wedge in each glass. Pour remaining ingredients in the top of a double boiler and warm (not too hot). Pour into glasses over raspberries and chocolate. Mash raspberries with a spoon. Warming the liquids helps to blend and mellow the flavors and partially melts the chocolate. If you do not have a double boiler you can improvise by using 2 sauce pans or a sauce pan and a ramekin (ramekin on top). If you can’t find a chocolate orange use a piece
of dark chocolate.

Breakfast of All Saints

Breakfast of All Saints

I have been meaning to post this since November. I thought I better get off my butt and post it now because some of you will probably think this is perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Halloween is my favorite holiday, and we had a very nice celebration last year, but one day is just not enough for such a great holiday. So, we decided to have a special breakfast the next day. Catholics celebrate All Saint’s Day the day after Halloween. That’s a long story that I explained very briefly in the Halloween, 2005 issue of the newsletter before it became a blog. Here is the breakfast:

Chocolate Covered Brie and Strawberries
More strawberries or raspberries or both

The extra berries go in your glass with the champagne. We used raspberry champagne, and it was wonderful!

Chocolate Covered Brie and Strawberries

6.5oz goat brie wheel (or wedge)
16oz frozen strawberries (thawed)
2 cups semi-sweet choc (1 package)
¾ cup heavy cream
2 or 3 cloves garlic
1 ½ teaspoon butter
French bread

Slice garlic and place on a small baking sheet. Cover garlic with the butter (cut into small pieces or slices). Broil on top rack until the garlic browns. Watch it very closely; this only takes a couple of minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

Place the brie in the center of a pie dish (I leave the rind, but you can try to cut it off if you want). Surround with the strawberries and their juice.

Melt chocolate chips and cream together in a double boiler stirring constantly (be sure to scrape the sides and bottom as you stir). Add garlic and butter to the chocolate and pour over brie and strawberries. Serve immediately with hunks of bread.