{Time to Vote: The Marx Food Ridiculously Delicious Challenge}

VOTING IS NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC for Round 2 of the Marx Food “ Ridiculously Delicious Challenge.” It will end at midnight on March 4th (Friday night, not Friday morning). 

About the Challenge:

The good folks at the Seattle-based establishment provided a handful of bloggers with a sample of eight ingredients and were asked to create an original recipe with two of them.  The recipes are now open to the public for voting.

The top 15 recipes will then go on to the final rounds, which will be judged by the wonderful folks at Marx Food.

Additional Voting Details:

You can vote once per IP address… which means, if you (or anyone in your household) votes at home, no one will be able to vote in that location again.  You can, however, vote at work, at Starbucks, at the library… wherever your heart desires.

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LirenMarch 1, 2011 - 10:18 am

Wishing you lots of luck!!! I’m off to vote!

katMarch 1, 2011 - 10:44 am

Good luck!

paul jennetteMarch 1, 2011 - 10:47 am

Done and done!! Best of luck to you;-p

MeganMarch 1, 2011 - 11:25 am

Good luck ! I’m on my way to vote.

sippitysupMarch 1, 2011 - 11:55 am

Good Luck. I can’t wait to see the competition at Marx. Off I go. GREG

AnnapetMarch 1, 2011 - 12:15 pm

I just voted!

MichelleMarch 1, 2011 - 1:24 pm

Good luck Brian!

MeganMarch 1, 2011 - 1:36 pm

Good luck!!

fooddreamerMarch 1, 2011 - 2:34 pm

Voted! Everything looks delicious, but scones are a long-time favourite of mine.

Chef DennisMarch 1, 2011 - 5:22 pm

best of luck my friend! your scones look amazing as always…..
off to vote!

Angela@RecipesFromMyMomMarch 1, 2011 - 9:02 pm

There’s some stiff competition but you got my vote, of course. Looks like you’re doing well too.

JudyMarch 1, 2011 - 11:09 pm

Looks like you’re second at the moment. You got my vote.

Andrew FrishmanMarch 2, 2011 - 12:03 am

mmn. . . I loves me some scones. . . especially when they are competetive!

hasta las scones

MonetMarch 2, 2011 - 12:18 am

I’m voting for you, again and again! How could I not throw my full support behind one of my favorite men?

Debi (Table Talk)March 2, 2011 - 1:15 pm

You have my vote! Best of luck :)

Lindsey @ Gingerbread BagelsMarch 2, 2011 - 1:37 pm

Good luck Brian! I’m off to vote right now! :)

IrvinMarch 2, 2011 - 5:35 pm

You got my vote! The scones sound marvelous!

EthanMarch 2, 2011 - 11:50 pm

You and your scones have been voted for! Good luck!

joanneMarch 3, 2011 - 6:45 am

You and me baby. Till the end.

ElianaMarch 3, 2011 - 12:12 pm

Oh I totally logged in my vote babe! Good luck.

Silent Sunday: The Butcher Shop

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Beautfiul pictures, Brian! I have to say, this is really… I don’t know… arousing in a way.

Kim at Coffee Pot ChroniclesFebruary 27, 2011 - 12:31 am

Wonderful pictures, Brian! Although I have to say, the thought of duck liver mousse kind of grosses me out. Hmm. Interesting, but a tad gross to me.

Andrew FrishmanFebruary 27, 2011 - 1:00 am

MMnn. . . I loves me some vegetarians, especially when they blog about meat.

Si Dios no quiere que comer animales, ¿por qué ellos hacen de la carne?

Angie's RecipesFebruary 27, 2011 - 1:05 am

You took some really great pictures here!

IrvinFebruary 27, 2011 - 1:44 am

Gorgeous photos! I love it. It makes me want to come visit Boston.

bunkycooksFebruary 27, 2011 - 7:48 am

I love those kinds of places! I will definitely have to check them out next time I’m in Boston.

Belinda @zomppaFebruary 27, 2011 - 8:43 am

Gorgeous photos – this guy is like an artist in his own way.

Lora @cakeduchessFebruary 27, 2011 - 9:41 am

As close to Italy as you can get…wow! I wish there was a place like that here near me. I love the retro feel to some of those photos. GORGEOUS!!!!!!I have to disagree with Kim-duck liver mousse must be amazing. Guess it’s an acquired taste;)

joanneFebruary 27, 2011 - 9:53 am

Haha I highly expect that this is the most meat I shall ever see on your blog. Beautiful photos though.

foodwanderingsFebruary 27, 2011 - 10:24 am

This is really a nice snippet. I love the collage of the pictures really brings me to the place and I need to remember it when coming to boston:).

katFebruary 27, 2011 - 10:47 am

I’d love a place like that here!

MeganFebruary 27, 2011 - 11:51 am

What a cool place Brian, thanks for sharing. We have nothing even close to this where I live. :(

SteffanyFFebruary 27, 2011 - 12:39 pm

Oh man, I went to The Butcher Shop when my parents were in town about two weeks ago and it CHANGED MY LIFE. I am never in that area of town because I live all the way out in Brighton, but it turns out the South End kind of rocks my socks off.

SaraFebruary 27, 2011 - 12:42 pm

Beautiful Brian! A snapshop at European/East coast life that I truly love!

TimFebruary 27, 2011 - 2:28 pm

These are some fantastic photos. All of them are exceptional but I really do like the photo taken from inside, looking out the window with the words of the business in reverse.
Keep posting, you are a true artist!

Tim

Josie Lee SuskáFebruary 27, 2011 - 3:00 pm

Beautiful atmospheric pics, of course, but my mind drifts to a practical point. Living in Czech Republic I visit the butcher often and there is an unmistakable aroma that, while not unpleasent in itself, I would have a hard time hanging out with a glass of vino in. Great idea, the wine bar part, just curious if it works out in practice.

Good point, Andrew. There’s something irresistible about a pile of meat. I kill my own and I love it. Now don’t think I am a freak or something. I just hunt and farm. We also sell beef and when we show it people, they literally go into a frenzy. I’ve seen it happen. I believe our mostly pescaterian friend Brian here had the same experience!

Barbara | VinoLuciStyleFebruary 27, 2011 - 5:21 pm

Not a place I expected you to post about and those photos of MEAT are fabulous. Guess you don’t have to eat it to take great pics of it right?

Looks like an amazing place…makes me want to schedule another trip to Boston. Soon.

Michael @MikeVFMKFebruary 27, 2011 - 5:47 pm

Brian,

A picture tells the tale, and in the case it’s a delicious one. Lovely images, beautiful butcher shop and another great post. Great Silent Sunday edition!

MichelleFebruary 27, 2011 - 6:17 pm

Beautiful photos Brian!

Chef DennisFebruary 27, 2011 - 7:06 pm

Brian, thank you so much for sharing these wonderful images with us. I wish we had a butcher shop like this close to home, it would be a joy to shop in.
I hope you have had a wonderful weekend my friend.
Dennis

Jenn@slim-shoppinFebruary 27, 2011 - 10:38 pm

Love the pictures of that place, what a wonderful place to go!

Kulsum at JourneyKitchenFebruary 28, 2011 - 2:42 am

Nothing beats good meat and my man would agree on that too. We have the Butcher shop here in Kuwait as well but I didn’t end up enjoying my experience so much as I expected, but I have heard all good things about it worldwide!

anhsfoodblogFebruary 28, 2011 - 8:02 am

AMAZING! The photos tell a story. I wish I could visit this butcher and experienced all the goodies there!

Jason @ Shutter&SauteFebruary 28, 2011 - 9:15 am

Oh how I long for the day of a proper butcher shop in my city… Duck. Liver. Mousse. Mmmm.

JudyFebruary 28, 2011 - 10:52 am

Your photos are always amazing. I left you a Stylish Blogger Award at http://www.foodbuzz.com/blogs/3338083-award-and-an-update.

ElianaFebruary 28, 2011 - 12:22 pm

This place looks like a must visit for the next time I am in Boston.

Georgia @ The Comfort of CookingFebruary 28, 2011 - 3:41 pm

These are such beautiful images and nice reminders of my favorite city… and hey, that butcher’s not bad lookin’ either (said from a happily married woman), haha!

KitaFebruary 28, 2011 - 5:51 pm

Beautiful photos and beautiful place. I am envious that I live near nothing with such character.

Lindsey @ Gingerbread BagelsFebruary 28, 2011 - 7:16 pm

I’m always in awe at how gorgeous your photos are! Once again, stunning photos! :)

Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionMarch 1, 2011 - 3:36 pm

Lovely photos!! I’m totally craving some meat… And a trip to Boston!

Chocolate Cherry Scones with Saffron

There are a number of things about cooking that get me excited, but what really pumps me up is when I get the opportunity to play with ingredients I’ve never used before.  Which is why I was thrilled when I received a box of “mystery ingredients” last week from Marx Food for their Ridiculously Delicious Challenge.  The box arrived at Eric’s office in the middle of the work day,  so he sent me a picture from his phone of the contents.

I was thrilled to see the variety of ingredients that were included… szechuan peppercorns, dill pollen, juniper berries.  But what immediately jumped out at me were a bag of dried tart cherries and a tiny container of saffron threads.

Now, I’ve had many occasions to work with dried cherries (which I love), but saffron was a different story.   So before cooking with it, I decided to do a little research.

Saffron threads come from the flower of the saffron crocus plant.  Based on everything that I’ve read, it appears that the saffron crocus is very temperamental and does particularly well in the hot, dry climates of the lands surrounding the Mediterranean, hence its popularity in such places as Spain, Italy, and Turkey.  They are cultivated by extracting the threads from the blossoms, which is an incredibly labor intensive process. Once the saffron plant has bloomed, the three threads are carefully removed from the center of the flower.

The pairing of saffron, with its slightly floral notes, along with chocolate and cherries seemed like a natural one.  Now I could have done a number of things with this: a chocolate  souffle with a cherry compote or some handmade truffles.  But I was worried that  if it wasn’t handled correctly, the saffron be overpowered by the other ingredients.  Whatever I was going to make needed to have balance.  And that’s when the idea of scones popped into my head.

Scones have always had a calming effect on me and I feel lost when a weekend goes by without a fresh batch in the oven.  What I’ve always enjoyed about scones, even more so than muffins or any other breakfast pastry, is how they let the ingredients shine.  A good scone isn’t overly sweet and it allows all of the components to have their moment.  It’s all about balance.

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Ken⏐hungry rabbitFebruary 24, 2011 - 12:09 am

Nice combination of cherries and saffron- sweet and earthy notes. I see eating these with a nice cup of tea.

Kim- Liv LifeFebruary 24, 2011 - 12:15 am

Not something that I would have though to pair, however I’m really intrigued! I have both in my pantry and just may have to put the together and see for myself. Nicely done!

Josie Lee SuskáFebruary 24, 2011 - 12:29 am

Intrigued my the saffron addition…I share your appreciation for the good weekend scone’s low-key flavours. Will think about adding in some of my precious “threads” next time!

Andrew FrishmanFebruary 24, 2011 - 12:35 am

Mmnn. . . I LOVES me some scones, especially when they have spices that are worth more than their weight in gold in them!

Me pregunto sobre la naturaleza de gourmet-ismo. . . ¿Puede ser moral y éticamente defendido? ¿Es simplemente la gula con otro nombre? ¿Es hiper-consumismo?

Felice - All That's Left Are The CrumbsFebruary 24, 2011 - 2:12 am

I have never used saffron before but I’d love to try it in these scones. What an intriguing combination.

MeetaFebruary 24, 2011 - 3:04 am

I absolutely adore saffron and you’ll find many recipes on WFLH with saffron. But here is one I think I will be trying soon – cherry and saffron = big heart!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenFebruary 24, 2011 - 3:07 am

What a creative way to use saffron! I would love to receive a mystery box full of ingredients, that sounds like fun. Just a boxful of recipes waiting to happen!

Mike @theflavorjunkieFebruary 24, 2011 - 6:50 am

Brian, what a great looking scone. Love the flavour combintation too! I love tart cherries combined with chocolate and saffron is such an interesting pairing that I’d love to try bite. Great post!

TiffanyFebruary 24, 2011 - 7:09 am

I am all about this recipe! Last summer, I made a saffron chai-tea cookie with cranberries and pistachios and realized how amazingly good saffron is in sweet baked goods! Thanks for sharing!

LizFebruary 24, 2011 - 7:14 am

Gorgeous scones…and I bet adding saffron gave a lovely undertone~

SheenaFebruary 24, 2011 - 7:19 am

The flavours in this scone sound simply beautiful, I especially like the sound of the cherries paired with the saffron. These would make a delicious breakfast :)

Rochelle (Acquired Taste)February 24, 2011 - 7:53 am

Beautiful and delicious! Cherries and chocolate are a perfect pair. They look/sound fantastic in this scone. I’d never think to add in saffron, but now I have to give it a try :)

Victoria (District Chocoholic)February 24, 2011 - 8:09 am

Chocolate and cherries are a wonderful combination – and I can only imagine the depth that the saffron adds. Very nice!

SMITH BITESFebruary 24, 2011 - 8:21 am

yep – you hit the ball out of the park with this one Brian . . . chocolate, cherries and saffron = happy tummy indeed . . . these, and a latte and i’m set for the weekend!

JenniferAFebruary 24, 2011 - 8:25 am

Oh my – those dried cherries look outstanding! You are so creative – I never would have thought of saffron in a scone, but why not?

MichelleFebruary 24, 2011 - 8:31 am

The addition of saffron to this scone brings it to another level! Simply lovely Brian.

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Foodies on the FlyFebruary 24, 2011 - 8:53 am

What a great combination! Good luck with the food challenge!

MeganFebruary 24, 2011 - 8:53 am

Brilliant to use it in a scone. I bet those were pretty darn tasty! Good luck in the contest!

The Chocolate PriestessFebruary 24, 2011 - 9:21 am

Interesting. Marx sent me a few products to try and I’ve been struggling with how to combine them with chocolate so I can review them. They sent me mushrooms and chili peppers — not something I normally think of with chocolate and I’m struggling to find any feasible recipes.

RavieNomNomsFebruary 24, 2011 - 9:29 am

That recipe is awesome!

Lauren at Keep It SweetFebruary 24, 2011 - 9:43 am

Definitely not something I would have thought of! Beautiful scones.

foodwanderingsFebruary 24, 2011 - 9:57 am

Hey Bri, Saffron grabbed my attention. Pics look very attractive. Isn’t it amazing how little pinch of saffron carries a dish/recipe a long way?! Nice!!

Krista, Monday BakerFebruary 24, 2011 - 10:30 am

These look great! I want to hunt down saffron just so I can understand what these might taste like. and thank you for including a description of where saffron comes from/what it is.

Angela@RecipesFromMyMomFebruary 24, 2011 - 10:46 am

Sounds like you’ve got more fun ahead with the other contents of that box. Great mix of tastes in your scones. Never thought of adding saffron to a sweet pastry.

SaraFebruary 24, 2011 - 11:11 am

These scones sound so easy yet so chic! Chocolate cherry and saffron…seems like a food gift to a goodess! I have never tried such a trio of ingredients. On my wish-to-bake-soon-list!

Barbara | VinoLuciStyleFebruary 24, 2011 - 11:12 am

Very interesting combination…the chocolate and cherry not so much but saffron which I think of for savory dishes (that is when I decide to mortgage my home and buy some) but you’re right, on it’s own it is floral…so nice call!

LirenFebruary 24, 2011 - 12:08 pm

Brian, what a smart combination! Sara is right, it is very chic – what a wonderful way to use your box of loot!

LeinanaFebruary 24, 2011 - 12:21 pm

Very intriguing combination of flavors! And your scones came out so beautiful!

AlessioFebruary 24, 2011 - 2:10 pm

Sounds lovely! Saffron is kinda tricky 2 use, far 2 easy to abuse… It is quite an interesting spice though!
By the way, if you do not use those grains of paradise send them over :D I’m dying to try them in some medieval recipes ;p

Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionFebruary 24, 2011 - 2:11 pm

Ooh… These are intriguing to me. I never would have thought to pair saffron with the chocolate and cherries. That said, it sounds really good!

SomaFebruary 24, 2011 - 2:14 pm

Chocolate Cherry and Saffron! I am sold. Lovely lovely combination Brian and I want some with my cuppa.

Cheryl and AdamFebruary 24, 2011 - 2:27 pm

What an intriguing flavor combination. Although I never thought of adding saffron to a sweet, I’ll bet it’s really nice, especially with the tart cherries…

Jason @ Shutter&SauteFebruary 24, 2011 - 4:20 pm

I would love to do some experimenting with saffron, smells so great!

angiFebruary 24, 2011 - 9:44 pm

Ooo cherries and saffron – what a creative pairing! Also, what an awesome box of loot – I love Szechuan peppercorns but what are you going to do with juniper berries?

The Farmers WifeFebruary 25, 2011 - 12:32 am

Those look so yummy! Totally something I could see myself eating with a giant cup of coffee!!

EthanFebruary 25, 2011 - 12:53 am

Nothing like scones and tea. And these sound especially good, I’m intrigued by the saffron!

Jill ColonnaFebruary 25, 2011 - 4:12 am

Love the saffron in there. Your scones look delicious. You’ve got me on a hunt now for dried cherries!

blackbookkitchendiariesFebruary 25, 2011 - 7:44 am

wow! these scones look amazing… i love how you added saffron to it..that is very creative! thank you for sharing this and have a great weekend ahead.

DanaFebruary 25, 2011 - 9:08 am

What a fun package to receive! I love the use of saffron in these scones… I typically think of it being used in more savory dishes. I’ll definitely vote… just remind me!

Lora @cakeduchessFebruary 25, 2011 - 10:55 am

Hi Bri-These look incredible. I love dried cherries and can only imagine how good it is with saffron. My favorite shot is the one of the saffron…stunning!:)Hope you and E have a nice weekend.

ElianaFebruary 25, 2011 - 11:34 am

I would have never thought of baking with saffron but these scones sound amazing! And can we talk about how amazing your pic are! Love them.

Lindsey @ Gingerbread BagelsFebruary 25, 2011 - 12:09 pm

What gorgeous scones! I love chocolate and cherries together but would have never throught to add saffron. You’re so creative with your recipes! :)

arthurFebruary 25, 2011 - 2:24 pm

Love eating scones for breakfast! I’ve got to try your recipe! It just sound so delicious!Thanks for sharing!!!

Georgia @ The Comfort of CookingFebruary 25, 2011 - 2:47 pm

Wow, what a unique use for saffron! I bet the flavor combination is just magical. Thank you for sharing these scrumptious scones and the recipe.

Angie's RecipesFebruary 25, 2011 - 2:47 pm

Chocolate scones with saffron….that’s something I probably wouldn’t have thought of putting together…what a brilliant idea!

joanneFebruary 25, 2011 - 11:32 pm

I really wanted to do a sweet recipe for this challenge but then when I saw what the next part would be, I thought I would save myself for that :P These scones look fantastic! I’ve never really dabbled much in saffron before and it’s so fun to see it used and allowed to really shine!

MonetFebruary 26, 2011 - 12:22 am

I always think of you when I make or eat scones…and that, my friend, is a good association to have. I haven’t done much with saffron either, but I listened to a great segment on NPR the other week (speaking of NPR, I saw that article on Boston’s network….congrats!) Thanks for sharing, sweet friend. I hope you have a splendid weekend full of sleep, laughter and love!

Chef DennisFebruary 26, 2011 - 4:17 pm

hi Brian
you do make the perfect scone….and you my friend are a master at combining flavors….what a wonderful idea adding saffron to baked goods….I think the cost keeps us from using it more, but I have a tin of saffron just begging to be used…..
thanks so much for the inspiration!
Dennis

katFebruary 28, 2011 - 10:38 am

Saffron is such an unusual ingredient in these!

Fuji MamaFebruary 28, 2011 - 8:53 pm

What an amazing combination! I love scones . . . can’t wait to try this recipe!

ShannonMarch 1, 2011 - 3:13 pm

Definitely a delicious creation from the box :) It’s amazing how versatile saffron is, i tried it in a peach ice cream this summer!

Donna CurrieMarch 2, 2011 - 12:41 am

Nice use of the saffron! A lot of us used cherries, but yours is the first that I’ve seen so far that used saffron. The scones look really good, too. Nice job, and good luck with the contest!

These look fantastic! You have my vote!

The Food HunterMarch 3, 2011 - 5:14 pm

They look great.

The Food HunterMarch 4, 2011 - 3:20 pm

I love the combination

Leslie UhlMarch 5, 2011 - 9:30 pm

Another delicious way to use those now nearly-non-existent cherries! (They’re SO GOOD!) I love scones, too- what a great combo!

LuiseMarch 13, 2011 - 11:00 am

When I need something really comforting (and unhealthy) to
my tea, I always choose scones! And this recipe, oh my, it looks so yummy! love the cranberry saffron combo!

LuiseMarch 13, 2011 - 11:11 am

Did I write cranberries…? I of course meant cherries…!

BrianMarch 13, 2011 - 11:21 am

I kind of liked the idea of cranberries. Maybe sweetened though. Will have to give it a try! ;-)

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JackyMay 6, 2011 - 9:06 pm

What a great recipe, this will be my go to scone recipe from now on. Love this flavor combo and the texture/flavor of the scones. Thanks!

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{Recipe: Chocolate Chip and Boozy Raisin Oatmeal Cookies}

Instead of having a post on the site today, I’m redirecting you to my guest post over at Cake Duchess.  Lora’s been a wonderful, supportive friend and I was thrilled when she asked me to do a guest post for her.

So, if you want to see more pictures and get the recipe for these Chocolate Chip and Boozy Raisin Oatmeal Cookies, head on over to her blog.  And don’t miss her awesome giveaway at the bottom of the post!

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Lael HazanFebruary 21, 2011 - 7:50 am

What a wonderful way to start off Lora’s week! The cookies in the photo look like they are ready to jump off the tray and into my mouth. Off to get the recipe.

Nancy @SensitivePantryFebruary 21, 2011 - 8:07 am

You had me at boozy….headed over to check them out now!

Lindsay @ The Lean Green BeanFebruary 21, 2011 - 8:22 am

These look great! can’t wait to try them :)

Alicia KeenFebruary 21, 2011 - 8:36 am

I love your site and recipes! You are talented!!

fooddreamerFebruary 21, 2011 - 8:47 am

I love that these are “boozy”! Heading on over to Lora’s blog!

GeorgieFebruary 21, 2011 - 8:49 am

Sweet baby chocolate chip raisin cookie, my favorite!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenFebruary 21, 2011 - 8:55 am

I love the picture, I feel like you are handing that sheet of cookies to me (you are right?) :-)

elizabeth AnnFebruary 21, 2011 - 9:11 am

umm. . . these look incredible! ;-)

SMITH BITESFebruary 21, 2011 - 9:50 am

Until I made rum-raisin shortbread this past holiday, it had never occurred to me to soak raisins before putting them into a cookie – but yum!

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.February 21, 2011 - 10:07 am

I would love one of these right now with my coffee. I’m bookmarking this!

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ElianaFebruary 21, 2011 - 10:52 am

Running over right now to check it out as these cookies look to die for! And a cookie with booze sounds like a winner in my book.

JoyFebruary 21, 2011 - 11:05 am

Brian you are a genius, of course anything boozy makes everything better :) Also, it is so lovely that your husband poses for your pictures — anytime I ask Collin he either

1. tries to eat the foods before I shoot it
2. constantly asks “ARE WE DONE YET?”

so I’ve given up. Now I’m in the process of training Layla to balance trays on her nose :)

EthanFebruary 21, 2011 - 11:41 am

Great post Brian! I love how we’re this big, multi-country happy family:)

Georgia @ The Comfort of CookingFebruary 21, 2011 - 12:13 pm

Brian, thank you for sharing your great post at Lora’s blog. This chocolate chip cookie recipe is just wonderful, and I love the idea of adding oatmeal and rum-soaked raisins! Sounds so yummy. You have a beautiful blog and I look forward to exploring your recipes more!

ElizabethFebruary 21, 2011 - 12:43 pm

You totally turned me on to Cake Duchess a few months back. Her blog is gorgeous. I absolutely love oatmeal raisin cookies. These look so perfectly thick and chewy. I seriously might have to go make them.

Amelia from Z Tasty LifeFebruary 21, 2011 - 3:08 pm

chocolate, cookies, boozy raisins! a recipe for a burst of deliciousness. I am heading over to Cake Duchess now… how nice of you to host!

BeckyFebruary 21, 2011 - 3:21 pm

Hi Brian,
I came over from Lora’s blog to see what you’re all about, and like what I see. Those oatmeal cookies sound so good, especially with the boozy raisins. My youngest son doesn’ like chocolate, so I make him oatmeal cookies at Christmas. (He’s 31) and add the “boozy raisins”, next time.

Andrew FrishmanFebruary 21, 2011 - 7:09 pm

Mmnnn. . . I LOVES me some cookies! (especially beacause the start with the letter “c”)

¡Hasta las cookies siempre!

MeganFebruary 21, 2011 - 8:48 pm

On my way! :)

MonetFebruary 22, 2011 - 1:00 am

I left a comment at sweet Lora’s blog. These look fabulous, my friend!

joanneFebruary 22, 2011 - 7:26 am

off to check out you Brian! I like my booze wherever I can get it…and if I can get it IN my dessert….all the better.

My Man's BellyFebruary 22, 2011 - 8:22 am

You’re a man after my own heart Brian. :)

Lindsey @ Gingerbread BagelsFebruary 22, 2011 - 10:29 am

I loved your guest post on Lora’s blog. The cookies look amazing and I just adore the addition of raisins soaked in rum. ;)

Angela@RecipesFromMyMomFebruary 22, 2011 - 1:02 pm

Might try this idea with bourbon instead of the rum. It’s genius but we’re out of rum right now :> Lora is so lucky to have you as a friend who will share such a great recipe with her readers.

ElinFebruary 23, 2011 - 3:52 am

Hey Brian,
Thank you so much for this recipe. Love this cookie …rum soaked raisins…yummm. You have a beautiful blog. Will be coming here often :) Look forward to more recipe sharing with you :) I came over from Lora’s blog.

Elin

Lucy@acookandherbooksFebruary 23, 2011 - 6:32 pm

Love oatmeal raisin cookies & I’d love to be in the Martha Stewart giveaway!

Chef DennisFebruary 26, 2011 - 4:19 pm

you had me with oatmeal cookies! adding boozy raisins just made me want them even more
on my way to see Lora
Dennis

{Recipe: B&G Oyster’s Coleslaw}

There are only a few things that I’m a snob about.  My feeling is that if something is good, it’s good.  It can be a greasy bucket of fries or a bowl of hummus.  I don’t mind simple as long as it’s prepared well.

But the one thing I can say I’m genuinely picky about is coleslaw.  You see, I grew up on Kosher deli foods.  At least a couple days a week, after picking me up from school, my mom would drive us to the local delicatessen, where we’d pick up turkey sandwiches topped with coleslaw and Russian dressing.  It was a big, gloppy mess, but one that was oh so very delicious.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, Eric and I held a winter BBQ at our apartment.  We were inspired to make lobster rolls from a class that we took at Barbara Lynch’s Stir… and this coleslaw recipe came from the same course.  When we were first given a taste of it at Stir, I put my fork down after my first bite, turned to Eric and proclaimed this to be the best coleslaw I’ve ever consumed.  And I stand by that declaration, especially after having made it myself.

Please promise me something:  Do not wait for 80 degree weather to make this coleslaw.  There’s a reason I’m telling you all about it now, in the middle of February, with big piles of snow still lingering on the sidewalks.  Because this coleslaw is perfection… what I like to call “Crack” (because it’s addictive and you will NOT be able to stop eating it).

There are plenty of holidays coming up: President’s Day (Feb 20th), St. Patrick’s Day (Mar. 17th).  Not that you need a reason to make it.  But if you do, there you go.

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Paul JennetteFebruary 18, 2011 - 7:04 am

It must have been really nice to grow up by a deli!! I’m a huge fan of coleslaw as well, and I don’t need a holiday to make it. I’m having a suprise birthday party for my wife in a couple of weeks and this is going on the list! Have a great weekend guys!

bunkycooksFebruary 18, 2011 - 7:27 am

You are talking about one of my favorite things here! I also used to go to delis in Philly as a kid and get big fat sandwiches on great rye bread with coleslaw and a pickle and haven’t really had anything as good since! I have a coleslaw recipe that I am happy with, but will definitely try this out. I know if will be even better in the summer when I can get local cabbage, but I’ll take your advice and not wait!

MichelleFebruary 18, 2011 - 9:06 am

This cole slaw is truly addictive!

Jason @ Shutter&SauteFebruary 18, 2011 - 9:15 am

I absolutely love coleslaw, especially on any kind of sandwich. I will definitely be trying this recipe.

katFebruary 18, 2011 - 9:33 am

That basic coleslaw recipe sounds like the one I grew up with & it was the best! Everyone always requested my mom make it for potlucks.

ASHLEAFebruary 18, 2011 - 10:02 am

I have never been much of a coleslaw lover but this looks fresh and delicious. I guess I had a few bad experiences growing up and never really wanted to touch the stuff. This looks like a great recipe to try to bring me back to the world of coleslaw.

elizabethFebruary 18, 2011 - 11:21 am

I’m not going to lie–a lot of mayo in my coleslaw scares me, but I can see how this would go so perfectly over or with lobster rolls. I think trying it with the lemon aioli would be the way to go for me…

Gorgeous photos!

DaisyFebruary 18, 2011 - 12:44 pm

I am picky about coleslaw. this looks really good. so glad Stir classes have inspired you to this degree. I’d love to take one someday.

blackbookkitchendiariesFebruary 18, 2011 - 12:47 pm

this coleslaw looks so good:) you photos are just stunning! thanks for sharing this post and have a great weekend.

SuesFebruary 18, 2011 - 1:28 pm

I’m not a huge fan of coleslaw because I never seem to like it in those little plastic containers you get at random restaurants. But I do love my dad’s homemade coleslaw and I have a feeling I’d love this, too. Wasn’t the Stir class awesome??

SusanFebruary 18, 2011 - 1:34 pm

I love coleslaw as well and agree that this is the best there is! I can’t wait to recreate it!

JackieFebruary 18, 2011 - 1:56 pm

I find it hard to get behind coleslaw because it’s never been that special for me, but if you tell me it’s good then I guess I’ll have to try it! Perhaps when I’m in town…? :D

Jax x

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SMITH BITESFebruary 18, 2011 - 3:45 pm

don’t know Brian . . . here’s where i get snobby again because i’m sooooo not a fan of gloppy, bad mayonnaise slaw because USUALLY it’s like ‘having a bit of slaw with your jar of mayo!’ . . . ugh. BUT i will also say that the lemon aioli makes me want to try this one . . . besides, i do trust you . . .

AnnapetFebruary 18, 2011 - 4:41 pm

You know what, this is something new to discover for me: Making homemade coleslaw. You had me at OYSTER though, LOL.

Thanks, Brian. Beautiful photography as always.

KitaFebruary 18, 2011 - 10:31 pm

I had never had coleslaw as a child and only recently discovered it but now I try it every chance I get. I don’t always like it but I do like trying everyone’s take on it. I have to add this to the try list as you have declared it the best ever :) and I won’t be waiting until warm weather.

Mike @theflavorjunkieFebruary 19, 2011 - 6:59 am

Brian, i’m a big coleslaw fan and this one looks delicious. The lemon aioli has me intrigued. Love the pictures!

RJ FlamingoFebruary 19, 2011 - 7:15 am

I’m also a huge coleslaw fan, especially creamy-style. I judge all others by my dad’s – a genetic memory at this point. Will definitely try this one, Brian!

ElianaFebruary 19, 2011 - 7:37 am

I only like extra special coleslaw and this one looks like it fits the bill. And I have a funny feeling that once I make it, I am going to want to slab that aioli on just about everything. Thanks for sharing Brian.

Kulsum at JourneyKitchenFebruary 19, 2011 - 7:54 am

I can relate to that :-) I can really eat anything as long as its cooked well but I’m picky about my tea and salads in general. I’m so going to try this , never tried it with lemon aioli! Love it

JoanneFebruary 19, 2011 - 9:32 am

My excuse for making this is going to be that it’s a Saturday afternoon. Seems as good as any!

Chef DennisFebruary 19, 2011 - 4:11 pm

hi Brian
good Cole slaw is a wonderful thing, how many times do you get really bad cole slaw in those little cups next to your sandwich…..yuk
Your Cole slaw looks delicious, I will have to try your recipe!
Hope your weekend is going well
Dennis

Jen @ keepitsimplefoodsFebruary 20, 2011 - 10:19 am

Having been raised in the South, I too am persnickety about cole slaw. This recipe sounds just right.

Amanda L. (Tales From A Kitchen Misfit)February 20, 2011 - 12:30 pm

I am picky about my coleslaw too! This coleslaw looks delicious!

PeggyFebruary 20, 2011 - 2:33 pm

I think most people are picky about their coleslaw. There’s so many different kinds, I know everyone has a unique one that they love! I’m definitely going to give this one a go, because it sounds just my style!

BettyFebruary 21, 2011 - 12:11 am

It’s serendipity that I came over from Lora’s blog tonight- my brother just gifted me with two beautiful heads of cabbage that overwintered in his patch. Coleslaw will definitely be on my menu this week, maybe with fish tacos. Your cookies look great too- I love the boozy raisins. :)

MonetFebruary 21, 2011 - 12:17 am

Well you’ve convinced me, sir. Thankfully the weather is already warming up in Austin, so I can imagine that this would be perfect for an end of February bbq. The lemon aioli sauce sounds so amazing…how could I pass that up? Thank you for sharing tonight! I hope you have a great Monday, my friend.

JeannieFebruary 21, 2011 - 12:41 am

Hi! I am here because of that scrumptious oatmeal cookies you’d posted in Lora’s blog:D You do have a lovely blog and so many recipes to follow! I am glad I drop by to visit:D
Have a great day!

Andrew FrishmanFebruary 21, 2011 - 7:33 pm

Mmnnn. . . I LOVES me some slaw, especially when it’s cole.

En algunos países, donde col es un alimento básico, la gente se utiliza la palabra “col” como argot para referirse a dinero.

MeeshFebruary 22, 2011 - 10:38 am

I’m picky about coleslaw too. It’s so often thrown together quickly as a side and not given the attention and focus it deserves! Well done.

sippitysupFebruary 22, 2011 - 12:12 pm

Delis were not a part of my childhood, but I grew up in the south. So yes. I do understand slaw snobbery! It’s an well earned avocation… GREG

Debi (Table Talk)February 22, 2011 - 1:30 pm

I can see how the lemon aioli would make the slaw, and make the lobster roll out of this world! I am so ready for blue sky picnic days. Glad you shared your find with us!

MeganFebruary 23, 2011 - 11:00 am

I bet this is scrumptious with the homemade aioli. Sounds like a winner!

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Josie Lee SuskáMarch 2, 2011 - 2:32 pm

Made this tonight with some shredded BBQ sandies and was fantaaastic!

It had a well-balanced tang to it that fit the bill for what I look for in a slaw. The lemon aioli added a great deal, but (and it’s a small but!) it seemed a bit runny to me after I mixed it all up. Before adding to the veg, the aioli was all whisked and fluffy. Not sure what made it get that way after an hour. Oh well, that’s why someone invented spoons with holes ‘n slots :)

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LizJuly 5, 2013 - 10:32 am

Thoughts on making it the night before or right before a luncheon? Better fresh or better a day old?

European Hot Chocolate

I think I need to call Valentine’s Day out for what it truly is (or, in this case, was).  It’s an excuse to buy your loved ones presents, to go out for dinner, to drink a bottle of champagne together.  And do you know what?  That’s ok!  I’m all for finding reasons to eat lobster (as Eric and I did this past weekend) or whip up some chocolate souffles.

But, really, Valentine’s Day is just like any other day… and it’s important to do special things with your guy or gal every once in a while.  There’s no need to have a reason to do it.  Want to buy them a present? Do it!  Purchase a special bottle of wine to have with dinner?  Go for it!

The main thing is that you do something or eat something that you wouldn’t normally have.  Decadence is key.  And, in my opinion, there are few things more decadent than homemade hot chocolate.

The first time I had “European hot chocolate” was in Paris when I was 15.  And, from there, I was a changed man.  No more packets of instant hot cocoa (if you could call it that) with dehydrated marshmallows.  If I was going to make it, it was going to have to be done right.

And now I can’t think of anything that’s more romantic than some thick, rich, hot chocolate.

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Chef DennisFebruary 15, 2011 - 7:19 am

it is amazing what a good cup of hot chocolate can do to improve your mood! I make real hot chocolate for my girls at school so they can experience the difference.
Thanks for such a wonderful post, I too had my first real hot chocolate in Paris, although I was quite a bit older…what great memories
Cheers
Dennis

Angela@RecipesFromMyMomFebruary 15, 2011 - 7:27 am

Chilly days are hopefully starting to dwindle by Valentine’s Day so that makes hot chocolate even more special. Such simple pleasures for all the senses.

SMITH BITESFebruary 15, 2011 - 7:30 am

hot chocolate in a packet? oh gawd, i’d rather eat dirt! if i’m going to indulge in chocolate, hot or otherwise, i demand the best quality possible – or i’d rather do without thank you very much. snobby? i’ll own it and say ‘absolutely!’ and this, my friend, is how one makes an exquisite cup of hot chocolate!!

JoanneFebruary 15, 2011 - 7:30 am

Although I think we should all take time out of our busy schedules for the ones we love every day, I’m all for any excuse to eat chocolate. This recipe looks delicious. So intense…the way chocolate should be.

Belinda @zomppaFebruary 15, 2011 - 7:30 am

This is one of the best ways to have hot chocolate – hot chocolate in the U.S. is too watered down.

LizFebruary 15, 2011 - 7:41 am

Such a perfect treat for a snowy winter’s day…yum

BridgetFebruary 15, 2011 - 8:06 am

Mmm this looks delicious, I love drinking chocolate this way! I havent been in a while but I always liked getting the little demi cup of chocolate at Burdicks…its so rich the mini cup is perfect. Hope you had a Happy Valentines day :)

Lael HazanFebruary 15, 2011 - 8:24 am

Perfect! I make hot chocolate for my girls on the weekend. As my 7 year old says, “mamma, it is a way of saying I love you!” Of course right after that she spilled it on her bed but that doesn’t count right?

bunkycooksFebruary 15, 2011 - 8:26 am

Hot chocolate is definitely a treat for Valentine’s Day or any day!

The Chocolate PriestessFebruary 15, 2011 - 9:09 am

They do have “mixes” now for this sort of hot chocolate which is generally over-priced shaved chocolate.

georgieFebruary 15, 2011 - 9:16 am

Looks so inviting right about now… with the 18 degree weather we’re having. I’m sharing this post with my chocolate meetup group – they’re gonna love it!

MichelleFebruary 15, 2011 - 9:28 am

I couldn’t agree with your words more…we should find little but decadent ways to celebrate love every day!

ElleFebruary 15, 2011 - 9:33 am

I neeeeed a cup of this. STAT. It’s beautiful! Yes, chocolate is beautiful. :)

Jill ColonnaFebruary 15, 2011 - 9:44 am

That just has to be the best hot chocolate in the world. The best comfort, indulgence and the creator of memories! Thanks for sharing such a treat.

LirenFebruary 15, 2011 - 9:48 am

Hi Brian! I’m still chuckling at Debra’s comment about how she’s rather eat dirt than powdered hot chocolate. But so true. I had that same epiphany over hot chocolate in Italy, probably at about the same age, and it really is the most decadent, comforting thing to drink. Definitely perfect for Valentine’s Day (and every day!).

KristenFebruary 15, 2011 - 10:03 am

Brilliant cup of rich goodness… love it!

katFebruary 15, 2011 - 10:28 am

I’m so with you, if you are going to do it, do it right!

Renee (Kudos Kitchen)February 15, 2011 - 10:45 am

Oh YUM!!! Pour me a cup?

Andrew FrishmanFebruary 15, 2011 - 10:47 am

mmnn. . . I loves me some chocolate . . . especially when it gets dropped like it’s hot.

Creo en los milagros. . . que cosa muy sexy!

Jason PhelpsFebruary 15, 2011 - 11:04 am

The real deal is definitely worth not enjoying it all the time!! I suspect I might be having some of this in a European locale sometime soon.

Jason

Ken⏐hungry rabbitFebruary 15, 2011 - 11:08 am

The real deal is the ticket and that goes for ‘you know what’.

ElianaFebruary 15, 2011 - 11:28 am

The best hot chocolate I have ever had was in Paris a couple years ago and since then, I have never had a packet again. Brian, yours here looks perfect.

emily @ the happy homeFebruary 15, 2011 - 2:54 pm

absolutely divine! i’m going to try this tonight (or maybe add some hooch for cocktail friday!)

MeganFebruary 15, 2011 - 3:41 pm

I have the same philosophy. I’ve always been one to give little cards and gifts “just because.” I think it’s super important. And now I may have to gift myself this hot chocolate.

Alysa (Inspired RD)February 15, 2011 - 4:22 pm

That looks and sounds delicious! Much better than the powdered stuff. It’s already getting hot here in Arizona, so I might have to save this recipe for next winter :)

Steph@stephsbitebybiteFebruary 15, 2011 - 4:31 pm

Oh. My. Goodness. I’m making this tonight!

YUM!

ElizabethFebruary 15, 2011 - 5:03 pm

Ahhh! My host-mum made hot chocolate for me when I was a nerdy high school exchange student abroad. She’d have a piping hot mug waiting for me after school. I’m certain that’s when I fell in love with chocolate. Thanks for bringing back that sweet memory. P.S. Gorgeous photos, per usual!

Barbara | VinoLuciStyleFebruary 15, 2011 - 5:47 pm

Why yes, I think I will please. I have some great chocolate left over from a wine and chocolate tasting I did and I believe milk is now calling it’s name!

Leanna @ Raptortoe.comFebruary 15, 2011 - 6:02 pm

Oh this looks wonderful. I’d love some hot chocolate right now. It’s freezing at my desk!

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FoodWanderingsFebruary 15, 2011 - 8:02 pm

J & S would love it if I make it for them. I will tell them it is your recipe to make 100% sure they like it so they won’t think I came up with some fancy schmancy recipe I am trying to test on them:)

JudyFebruary 15, 2011 - 9:11 pm

I, too, have sworn off the instant stuff. Only real for me. With a dash of Bailey’s or Kahlua!

Lora @cakeduchessFebruary 15, 2011 - 10:02 pm

Muy caliente Bri. Oh my Deb’s comment is so funny! We used to always have the really good hot chocolate when we were little made with real chocolate. Hope you and E had a nice time yesterday!

MarmandeintheKitchenFebruary 15, 2011 - 10:25 pm

I too am all for finding reasons to buy lobster for dinner! I’ve never had real hot chocolate, but it looks so delicious that I might need to give it a try!

SaraFebruary 15, 2011 - 11:43 pm

Oh yeah, if hot chocolate is made the proper way even a no-chocolate-lover like me loves it :)

MedejaFebruary 16, 2011 - 5:15 am

Europeans have a lot of good stuff ;)

Lauren at KeepItSweetFebruary 16, 2011 - 12:12 pm

I am with you on Valentine’s Day… especially with the bottle of champagne:-)

Jen @ keepitsimplefoodsFebruary 16, 2011 - 12:14 pm

Classic and lovely. Gorgeous mug!

KathrynFebruary 16, 2011 - 1:29 pm

I agree! Why wait ’til Valentine’s Day to do something special? Now I’ll just have to convince my guy of that, too… :) That hot chocolate does look super thick and creamy. I’m suddenly having a chocolate craving!

alyceFebruary 16, 2011 - 3:16 pm

You’ve inspired me to try it this way with the shaved choc. Yum.

sashaFebruary 16, 2011 - 4:37 pm

oh, my! you had me at european!
i love a good rich hot chocolate. and this looks so delicious!
i will definitely have to try this one these nights. we are supposed get a huge snow storm here in utah, so that may be the perfect time to make it. :)

p.s
you’ve just added one more reason why i should be living in france.

LaurelFebruary 16, 2011 - 6:04 pm

Yum…this looks and sounds amazing. I’d love for you to submit it to the M&T Spotlight at http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

Konstant KraverFebruary 17, 2011 - 3:31 am

Yum, nothing beats a nice hot cup of chocolate!

sippitysupFebruary 17, 2011 - 11:42 am

This is beyond special, and a top 9 to boot. GREG

ASHLEAFebruary 17, 2011 - 1:07 pm

There is just nothing like a really good cup of hot chocolate. I have never tried to make it at home so if we can get at least one more cold day here, I will have to whip up a batch!

Lisa @ Tarte du JourFebruary 17, 2011 - 2:03 pm

I love your “do special things for your loved one any time” attitude! And the hot chocolate looks heavenly!

CeliaFebruary 17, 2011 - 5:00 pm

OK… so I will totally be trying this. My husband and I had a similar hot chocolate in Venice a few years ago… and I haven’t been able to find a similar recipe. So glad I found this!!

SarahFebruary 17, 2011 - 6:34 pm

Hello ! I’ve been enjoying your blog for a while and have linked to your recipes in the past. I was curious, have you ever participated in a blog hop? We’d love it if you came and checked ours out tomorrow, the theme is Favorite Winter Warm-Up recipes, this hot chocolate one would be great to show off! It looks fantastic. Anyway, it’s a great way to get some link love as well.

You can find us here, and the hop goes live at midnight:
http://blog.recipelion.com/february-blog-hop/

Hope to see you there, take care,

Sarah
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muppyFebruary 17, 2011 - 8:12 pm

Mmmmmm thanks for reminding me how good a real hot chocolate can be.

PolaMFebruary 17, 2011 - 11:21 pm

But Italian chocolate is not done this way and is way different than European hot chocolate… we put a spoon of flour in our chocolate so that it thickens up and becomes almost like a pudding. I usually do a spoon of flour, a spoon of unsweetened cocoa powder and a spoon of sugar, mix everything and add about a cup of milk. Put on the stovetop and stir until it starts boiling, keep cooking until is thickened and enjoy.

MonetFebruary 18, 2011 - 12:14 am

Hi Handsome Man…this chocolate would win me over any day of the year. I want to make two mugfuls right now, sit down with Ryan, and watch the night slip away…Thank you for sharing with me tonight. I hope you have a great Friday. I’m so ready for the weekend!

Quay Po CooksFebruary 18, 2011 - 5:02 am

This is a perfect cup of hot chocolate! I love the photos!

SukainaFebruary 20, 2011 - 8:39 am

Nothing can beat a real hot chocolate. So far, the best I’ve had was at Thornton’s chocolate shop in London. They also made it by mixing milk with their own chocolate shavings. Mmmmm, can almost taste it in my mouth!

Evan @swEEtsFebruary 21, 2011 - 10:29 am

Work has been keeping me from getting to the blogs that I love so.. I can’t believe I missed this hot chocolate! It sounds perfect and much better than anything you get in a packet.. with some home made marshmallows I can just see myself sipping on this now

MelissaFebruary 25, 2011 - 12:40 pm

This is the only way my BF and I will drink hot chocolate now too! 100 times better than any packet. A few weeks ago we mixed Taza’s cinnamon chocolate with their chili chocolate for a little spice!

NinaJuly 17, 2011 - 1:50 pm

What would we do without Valentine’s Day and other holidays? Life would be monotonous.

I love to drink hot chocolate all year around. Thank you for the recipe.