Lately, I've been craving blueberries so much, I had to find a dessert recipe that would highlight their pure tart flavor. I came across many cake, pudding, and pie recipes, but was in the mood for something different, something unusual that would shock my guests. I had an Eureka moment when I found this recipe for blueberries in a black pepper-Syrah syrup. While the name sounds sophisticated and complicated, this dessert is surprisingly simple to put together. It's a heavenly finish to an elegant summer dinner and pairs decadently with a chocolate truffle and a glass of bubbly, so get the recipe, just read more
Posts for August 13th 2007
Guess which Top Chef was at the latest Hampton Social @ Ross concert series this weekend?
The only thing better than a dense, nearly flourless chocolate cake, is the beautiful way it's presented. With a fork and a little bit of cocoa powder, your dish can look like a pro! - Dessert First
I'm not totally sure that I would pay $14,500 for a full vacation, but I do know that I couldn't justify that amount on a single dessert. Granted the Fortress Aquamarine does come with an 80-carat aquamarine gem, but still... If however, you find yourself with nearly 15 grand to spare, you'll be able to purchase this extraordinary dessert at Wine3 at the Fortress in Sri Lanka.
If 15k is a little out of your price range, then perhaps the $1000 Brownie Extraordinaire from Atlantic City's Brûlée is more your style? These two desserts, along with eight others have made Forbes Traveler's list of the world's most expensive desserts. Personally I can't figure out why it would be worth it. However you know if I had that sort of cash to throw around, I'd definitely have to see what it was all about!
I believe that a hostess with the mostess can never have too many appetizer serving trays. Last week I asked you to help me supplement my collection with some new stellar pieces. You looked for platters that are useful yet stylish, will endure a vigorous entertaining schedule, and come in all shapes and sizes, materials and textures. You saved the appetizer trays in the Yum Market on TeamSugar with the keyword tag Appetizer Tray. To take a look at all of the findings scroll through the widget below.
There are some pretty cool platters, but the three tier server pictured at right is my personal favorite. Karla Sugar says, "It's so elegant I can't help loving it!" and I couldn't agree with her more. This server could double as a dessert tray, or even inspire a cool and creative centerpiece.
To learn more about the bookmarking feature of TeamSugar, please read through geeksugar's explanation.
Usually referring to duck or goose, confit is a method of slowly cooking and preserving salted meat in its own fat. Prounounced kohn-fee, it is sometimes referred to vegetarian items that are slowly braised and preserved in olive oil and spices, or in sugar. It means "conserve" in French and is one of the oldest ways to preserve food.
Lately I've been encouraging my grandfather and his lady friend to start a wine club. I love wine clubs because they are a great way to get friends together while learning about wine. When I first got into wine I tried reading stuffy books full of information on wine varietals, grape types, and climate conditions. These reads were too textbooky, which is why I enjoyed Maureen Christian Petrosky's The Wine Club - a book that's packed with knowledge without all of the stuffiness. Each chapter is labeled by months of the year, with one type of wine for each month. Within each section are fun facts about the wine, bottles at different price points, and tasty recipes. Petrosky writes in a female-friendly, snob-free tone and the text is in purple and green print (like the color of grapes!) instead of the standard black. Get this book and host your first wine club party!
On a busy work night, one of my favorite things to do is whip up breakfast for dinner. An omelet full of meat (or beans), tomatoes and potatoes is a hearty and filling dish, and yet whips up together in very little time. You can use ground beef, or leftover beanburger, as the main protein, or change it to suit your needs. For a simple recipe for a jampacked omelet, read more
In honor of this month being Summer Reading month here on YumSugar, I'm planning a book party! Planning an event with your favorite book as the theme, allows you to get super creative. My party is based around the classic Jane Austen novel, Pride & Prejudice. However, take the basic ideas and suit them to your favorite book - a meeting with friends that follows Oprah's book club, a child's birthday party based around the Madeline books, or even a Harry Potter party to discuss the final book in the series.
A party that promotes reading is good for the soul and the mind, so let's get started by making the invitation! To see how I made the aged Pride & Prejudice invite, read more