February 10th, 2017
Ayako Egawa wrote to us from Japan about how she makes chocolate ganache to celebrate Valentine’s Day. She shared her recipe with us below! "Valentine’s day is coming. I made chocolate ganache for my friends. Sweet chocolate makes them happy! :)" -Ayako Recipe for Chocolate Ganache Ingredients 70 grams Chocolate 50 ml Whipping Cream Sprinkles […]
April 11th, 2016
The Portuguese first made contact with Japan in 1543. This started the Nanban Trade Period which extended several decades. During this time, the Portuguese introduced tempura and refined sugar to Japan. Sadao Mazuka wrote to me about some of these culinary influences… Konpeito (金平糖 = confeito [Portuguese] = comfit [English]); When I was young I […]
February 10th, 2016
Coconut Macaroons are extremely easy to make! They’re a perfect little treat for holidays like Valentine’s Day. Dipping them in chocolate makes them extra special! Here’s the recipe… Recipe for Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons Ingredients 14 ounce bag of Sweetened Shredded Coconut 14 ounce can of Sweetened Condensed Milk 1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract 2 […]
December 23rd, 2014
Jordan Almonds are given out as favors at weddings, bridal showers and baby showers in the US, France, Italy, Greece and the Middle East. It’s believed that the name for Jordan Almonds does not come from Jordan, but is a corruption of the French word "jardin" (garden) because these almonds were grown in gardens. Traditionally, […]
December 19th, 2012
French "fruits déguisés" (fancy fruit) is eaten at Christmastime in France. It’s dried fruit, mainly dates, prunes or figs, stuffed with almond paste or a sweetened crumbled cookie mixture. The filling is usually made in different pastel colors. Almond paste is actually sold in different colors in France. The normal colors you find at […]
Monique Palomares told me that chocolate truffles are a common food to eat for Christmas in France. Below is a recipe she sent for French truffles. You may need a kitchen scale because the measurements are weighed in grams. But if you read the containers, you can usually get an idea of the quantity you’ll […]
December 13th, 2012
The other day I was making Juice Gumdrops for the kids in my family, and I thought, "What if I made gumdrops with liquor for the adults?" That’s what led me to making this Anisette version of gumdrops. All of the adults I’ve given it to so far have given it the thumbs up! Recipe […]
December 12th, 2012
Gumdrop candy is associated with Christmas in many countries. Gumdrops are used to decorate gingerbread houses.They’re also part of The Nutcracker, a popular ballet that’s performed at Christmastime. In the ballet, sugarplum fairies and gumdrops dance. Visions of dancing candy got me to thinking of making gumdrops for Christmas this year. Most of the gumdrop […]
May 12th, 2012
Remember this… Boy times have changed!
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People everywhere love Christmas – but we don’t all celebrate it the same way.
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