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Posted Mar 24, 2010 at Victus Vinum Vita
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Mar 15, 2010
A little over a month ago, I took my first trip to San Francisco. I can't believe it took me so long. One of my traveling traditions is to visit the local farmers' market. To me, the farmers' market is the life of a city I want to see. Shoppers drooling over locally produced goods, enjoying the morning and what the community can provide. There isn’t a better way to start a day. Case in point, refer to the picture below, which was my delicious breakfast. The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market was a lifelike garden in the middle of winter... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2010 at Victus Vinum Vita
I know. I know. I've committed a cardinal sin of blogging by not including a picture. I apologize for this, but I haven't had a camara for years and I'm illiterate when it comes to a camara phone. I'll work on figuring something out for the near future. Tired of old man winter? If so, here is a little indulgence to lift your spirits and remind you that spring isn't far away. This lemon ricotta cake is so versatile. You can serve it all year round and dress it up or down depending on the occasion. Serve it with or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2010 at Victus Vinum Vita
I’ve been trying to write this entry all day, but I’m at a loss for words. So, there is no witty story that will take you to a different time and place. For that, I am sorry. But, this masterpiece doesn’t need much introduction. This cake is the purest of chocolate desserts. Whenever I make it, people rave about the richness of each bite. The making and baking process couldn’t be much easier as it only contains four ingredients: chocolate, eggs, sugar and butter. And, it only bakes for 20 minutes. If I want another texture for the finished product,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2010 at Victus Vinum Vita
Check out this video by Peter Greweling. He shows you an easy way to temper chocolate so you can make anything dipped in chocolate!Chocolate Dipped Anything Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2010 at Victus Vinum Vita
A couple of years ago, I started teaching chocolate and wine pairing classes with a local sommelier. What great nights! Not only have I been able to teach and guide participants through the world of chocolate, but I’ve learned a little about wine. The following is a guide to having your own party. This past Wednesday night, I had a chocolate and wine pairing party with me, myself, and I. Below is the process I used for the buying part and the tasting part. My number one rule is have fun! Buy wine and chocolate that looks good or sounds... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2010 at Victus Vinum Vita
Good Living is an act of intelligence, by which we choose things which have an agreeable taste rather than those which do not. Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin Today begins part one of Chocolate Days. Now through Valentine’s Day, I will be giving you a few different ways to cook and eat chocolate. In my opinion, everyone should have a chocolate sauce recipe up their sleeve. It’s so simple and so much better than the dark filled jars we can get at the store. All it contains is cream, chocolate and your choice of flavorings. To get started, I went to one... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2010 at Victus Vinum Vita
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Posted Feb 8, 2010 at Victus Vinum Vita
I love fried rice the way I love a vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting. I must have it! This past summer, I experimented with fried rice recipes in my search to eat more whole grains and vegetables. The recipe I originally used was from Penzey’s Spices, a fragrant store conveniently located about five blocks from my apartment. They send out a catalog every few months chock full of recipes from readers, and the summer issue included a vegetarian fried rice spiced with ginger, red pepper flakes and black pepper. I was intrigued. Taking the original recipe, I tweaked the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2010 at Victus Vinum Vita
The New Year is full of many resolutions, most focused around our physical health. Aerobic classes are packed with good intentions. Magazine covers tell us how to lose 10 pounds in 10 days. Then, there’s the no salt, no fat, no flavor food that we are supposed to eat morning, noon and night. We all know that works real well! Whatever your reason for healthy eating, we know that in order to do it, our food needs some spice. This month, we hope to provide you with simple, savory, healthy recipes. My sister discovered the Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie recipe... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2010 at Victus Vinum Vita
I have to admit, I’ve never before made Mexican Wedding Cakes, which doesn’t make much sense because I’ve been collecting holiday cooking magazines for years, and I’m sure I tagged this recipe somewhere. Rather than digging through this pile, I decided to ask my mother, sister and family friends to share some of their favorite holiday cookie recipes. This is Gail’s all time favorite, and I’m adding this recipe to my collection. There is not much to it, but these tiny, butter packed, sugar coated morsels put a little sparkle in everyone’s eye after taking a bite. I made this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2009 at Victus Vinum Vita
Before I reached the wretched and too cool for Santa junior high years, Christmas Eve was a night of gleeful anticipation. I would lie awake in my little pink room surround by my menagerie of stuffed animals and Barbie paraphernalia, dreaming of Santa’s spoils. The thrill of anticipation overtook all my senses. By the time the clock struck 5:00 am, the blankets were on the ground and I was off with cheetah-like speed toward the living room. In seconds, I savaged the simmering wrapping paper like a grizzly bear devouring its first meal after winter hibernation. The unwrapping frenzy continued... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2009 at Victus Vinum Vita
Most of my memories include food, particularly cookies. As a child, the first thing I would look for on my Aunt Lillian’s countertop was her cookie jar full of windmill cookies. The thin, crisp, spicy cookie is still a favorite of mine. Don and Dolly, my pseudo grandparents, had a cookie stash filled with Keebler chocolate covered graham crackers. My hand was in that jar within 5 minutes of entering their house! Then, there’s my mother’s raspberry meringue kisses. The raspberry meringue kiss is one of my favorite cookies that came out of the annual baking marathon. Every year, before... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2009 at Victus Vinum Vita
Asian cuisine is my comfort food. On most Friday nights, after the long work week, I am often found sitting on the couch, eating peanut curry stir-fry and cream cheese wontons. I leave work joyfully skipping not only because of the upcoming weekend, but also knowing my favorite meal is only a short morsel away. Recently, a friend told me about eating cranberry jalapeño cream cheese wontons at a local Asian fusion restaurant. I was immediately intrigued with this flavor combination. What can be wrong with mixing cream cheese with tart cranberries and jalapeño heat? Absolutely nothing! The cream cheese... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2009 at Victus Vinum Vita
The Coliseum, Parthenon, Duomo, Mona Lisa, David, Sistine Chapel, Trevi fountain, The Birth of Venus and pasta. The Italians blessed the world with some of the greatest artistic achievements known to man. Although I am about as close to being Italian as I am to being Japanese, I feel a kinship with Italian culture that I’ve never felt with any another one except the British. My love affair with Italy began when I stumbled off an overnight train at Rome’s Termini station, a weary, bleary-eyed mess. I spent a sleepless night being bounced around the couchette like a ping pong... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2009 at Victus Vinum Vita
An ordinarily demure tow-headed little me with pigtails sticking out on both sides of my head squats “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” style behind the kitchen counter. It’s Thanksgiving morning, the turkey sizzles in the oven and my mom stands at the counter making stuffing. The celery, onion, and carrot aromatics waft through the room like a fragrant bouquet; the aroma envelops me like my beloved security blankie. Although mom was not exactly Martha Stewart growing up, ours was not a Stove Top household. She made her home made stuffing once a year and it is my fondest Thanksgiving food memory.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2009 at Victus Vinum Vita
November 10, 2009 was a perfect end to Indian summer. Bare foot and bedecked in Ray Bans, I basked in the sun’s benevolent rays. I greedily relished it because Mother Nature probably would withhold another warm day until next March. As my mind drifted, it turned its attention toward thoughts of food. I have two “Charlie Brown Christmas Tree” green patches in my back yard that still manage to bless me with luscious heirloom tomatoes, vegetables and herbs. I spied my sprightly rosemary bush and ambled over to inhale a whiff of its intensely invigorating pine-tree like aroma. How could... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2009 at Victus Vinum Vita
Sacher Torte. Wiener Schnitzel. Apfelstrudel. These are the foods that come to mind when I think of Vienna, Austria. Now I include Sauerkraut Strudel. Immediately following the new year in January 2007, my sister and I took a girls trip to Vienna. On our second day in the city, we spent the morning at the Schonnbrunn Palace and were looking for a scrumptious lunch to warm us up. We found our most prized meal of the trip, a sauerkraut strudel, at the organic, vegetarian cafe called St. Josef. Being from Minnesota, my usual experience with sauerkraut is usually on a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2009 at Victus Vinum Vita
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Posted Jul 26, 2009 at Victus Vinum Vita