February 12, 2016
Makes 8 servings Chocolate ganache: 9 ounces dark chocolate (70 percent cocoa solids), broken into 3/4-inch pieces 2/3 cup unsalted butter, cut into 3/4-inch, plus extra for greasing the dish 1 egg, plus 3 egg yolks 5 tablespoons superfine sugar Coarse sea salt, to serve Spice Mix: 2 teaspoons coriander seeds 3/4 teaspoon black peppercorns 1 small cinnamon stick 1 whole star anise 8 cardamom pods...
February 7, 2013
Bonbons for your baby Marcie Blaine chocolates has added several new flavors for Valentine's Day: the lovely strawberry cava, also red hot cinnamon, white hot cinnamon, and white chocolate passionfruit. Throw in a couple of the Philly series chocolates, including my favorite, peanut butter pretzel ganache, and a salted caramel, and you'll have a happy Valentine. - Maureen Fitzgerald Marcie Blaine artisanal chocolates, 9 pieces for $17.95; at 108 S., 13th St. Syrup for your sweetie For the ultimate breakfast in bed, drizzle some of this ethereal maple syrup on pancakes or waffles.
June 16, 2011
_ University City District (UCD) will launch Sustainable Saturdays: The West Philadelphia Local Food Series this weekend. The third-Saturday events through September include tours, urban-farming activities, how-to workshops and more. On Saturday, there's a farm-to-table trolley tour and a self-guided University City garden tour, an ice-cream tasting and more. Most events are free. Get details at www.universitycity.org . _ Ralic's Steakhouse (26 S. Haddon Ave., Haddonfield, N.J., 856-616-1520)
August 25, 2010 |
For a year now, the Buttercream Cupcake Lady has happily trucked around Philadelphia, soothing the sweet teeth of her adoring public at locations she announces in advance through social networks - until yesterday. As soon as the Cupcake Lady pulled to a stop on Market Street near 33rd at high noon, "business-compliance" enforcers and Philadelphia police pounced, confiscating her fully loaded truck. "Three enforcement guys came out with badges blazing," said Kate Carrara aka Cupcake Lady.
October 22, 2009
Travel through time for a vintage Halloween by baking cookies at home with these retro trick or treat cookie cutters. Each box contains a cat, pumpkin, flying witch, owl, and haystack. Metal cookie cutters, box of six $8.95 at Amy's Place in the Reading Terminal Market. 215-922-4955 . Spooky sweets Thank a gracious host with Halloween truffles from Moonstruck in Portland, Ore. The Halloween Collection contains an extra-bittersweet cat, a PB&J eyeball, a milk-chocolate spider, and a chocolate ganache pumpkin.
July 30, 2009
Retro-inspired fruit and vegetable graphics on these 8-inch plastic salad plates are designed to add zest to picnics. From the late Ben Morris of Savannah College of Art and Design, the Ben Collection plates are dishwasher-safe, but not for the microwave. Chocolate sipper Max Brenner, the new all-chocolate-all-the-time cafe and emporium, is a perfect cocoa storm of high design and clever marketing. There are practically as many varieties of chocolates as there are ways to consume them, from "hug mugs" for hot-chocolate chugging to syringes for a direct injection of bittersweet ganache.
April 30, 2009
The young lady who sold us these bees said one repeat customer confesses they make her "knees go wobbly. " That's close to the typical reaction: The handcrafted bees are delicate shells of dark Valrhona ganache filled with oozy salted caramel and basswood honey from an upstate Pennsylvania farm. (Also, available in gift boxes: ladybugs filled with raspberry cream or garden mint.) Recipes from over there Carolyn Quick Tillery is perhaps best known for her recipe-remembrance books on Southern and African-American cooking.
April 20, 2008 |
On a recent afternoon, willowy Rachel Gordon (she has already abandoned Handwerger, her maiden name), 26, and her soon-to-be husband, David Gordon, 27, joined me over a smoothie (her) and falafel wrap (him) at a lunch stand in the Reading Terminal Market. I'd already had their chocolates - they're really her chocolates, though he inspired the ganache infused with Benton's smoked Tennessee bacon - and they are lovely chocolates, dark, and a bit winey in the coating (72 percent); a flake of fleur de sel giving the toothsome caramels, in particular, a lushly soft and salty finish.
March 20, 2008
Sweet indulgence Filled with Valrhona dark chocolate ganache and hand-painted with a colorful, high-gloss sheen, this year's Easter offering from John and Kira Chocolates is a stylish complement to the family Easter basket or dinner table. It's also an elegant holiday hostess gift. Freshly made, decadently rich, and melt-in-your-mouth creamy, 12 chocolates come in a well-crafted wooden gift box. - Marilynn Marter Artisan Easter Eggs (12), $36. From John and Kira's, 800-747-4808 or www.johnandkiras.
February 11, 1996 |
Mabel Thomson recalls when a young swain entered her Avondale candy shop before Valentine's Day with a special request. Would she make some chocolate letters, four inches high, that spell out "Will You Marry Me?" Thomson, a candy maker for 30 years, made those letters by hand and put them on a heart-shaped piece of cardboard ringed with lace. "I wrapped it up, and he was pleased," Thomson said. She sold them to him at $2.25 apiece. "In May, he came in again. This time he ordered party mints and favors for the wedding in June.