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Archive for December, 2008

RECIPES: Chocolate Christmas Cakes

Wondering what to serve your guests for dessert on Christmas? Here, we have two holiday-themed cake recipes sure to impress. You can serve one on Christmas Eve and one Christmas Day.

The Black Forest Cake is a chocolate layer cake, with added layers of whipped cream and Kirsch-soaked morello cherries. The cake is then decorated with more whipped cream, morello or maraschino cherries, and chocolate curls or shavings. The cake layers are also soaked in a Kirsch syrup (although brandy or rum can be used). The spirits can also be omitted to make the cake more family-friendly.

The Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Cake is sure to make ‘em smile when you bring it out. Each slice of this fun cake looks like Rudolph. In fact, don’t be surprised if everyone breaks into a chorus of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Black Forest Cake Recipe
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Cake Recipe


Even Scrooge would start to sing “Rudolph
The Red-Nosed Reindeer” when served a
piece of this chocolate cake.

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FREEBIE: Morton’s The Steakhouse Cheeseburgers

If you’re doing holiday shopping this weekend in the vicinity of a Morton’s steakhouse—there are 80 worldwide—take a break from 5 to 6 p.m. for a complimentary mini-cheeseburger at the bar. You’ll be celebrating the 30th birthday of Morton’s The Steakhouse.

It’s the burger that started Morton’s. Co-founders Klaus Fritsch and Arnie Morton first worked together at the Playboy Club in Chicago. Klaus made his signature hamburger and sent it out for Arnie to taste. Morton proclaimed it the best hamburger he’d ever eaten. From that day, they started the business partnership that has become Morton’s The Steakhouse.

Check out THE NIBBLE’s burger tips.
Take our burger trivia quiz.
Not a beef person? Here’s a delicious chicken burger recipe.

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PRODUCT: New Burger King Men’s Fragrance

No, it’s not a joke—although the late night comics will probably have their way with it. This past weekend, fast food chain Burger King rolled out “Flame,” a new men’s body spray billed as “the scent of seduction with a hint of flame-broiled meat.” The fragrance, which you can see at http://www.firemeetsdesire.com, does not invite you to “have it your way.” Instead, it tells you that “Now you can set the mood no matter what mood you’re in the mood for.” (Umm…is that lost in translation from the language of whatever bizarre land the Burger King hails from?) burger-king-fragrance
The site further goes on to explain that “The Whopper sandwich is America’s favorite burger. FLAME by BK captures the essence of that love and gives it to you. Behold the scent of seduction, with a hint of flame-broiled meat.”

Is this a gag? Big companies like Burger King tend not to have a sense of humor…although the film clip of the naked (discretely draped) Burger King lying on the lion skin in front of the roaring fire is pretty funny (just don’t look at it on a full stomach).

Who is the target market for this fragrance? Judging from the mood music and the visual of the bathtub surrounded by flowers and many flickering candles—and the fact that the New York City retail outlet is Ricky’s, a bastion of makeup and other beauty products—we think BK is betting that women will buy it for their men.

But what kind of women? We cheddar to think.

And now, because we need a stiff drink to clear our minds, join us for a visit to the Cocktails Section of THE NIBBLE.

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PRODUCTS: Food Gifts For The Jaded Foodie


Geoduck neck meat has a deliciously mild flavor
with the crisp “crunchy” texture of a cucumber.
The body meat is tender and has a balanced
shellfish flavor.
If you know a certain person who’s been everywhere and eaten everything…how do you find that special gourmet something to turn his or her head? Marx Foods has put together a page of special somethings, including:

  • Alligator tenderloin (5 lbs., $136.25)
  • Boneless turtle meat (5 lbs., $156.00)
  • Kangaroo boneless loin (approximately 24 lbs., $319.00)
  • Live geoduck, a sashimi rarity (1.5-2 lbs., $97.00)
  • Wild boar tenderloin (approximately 9 lbs., $185.25)

We didn’t say it was inexpensive, but you can bet that no one else will be giving him/her the same gift (unless they also read THE NIBBLE blog).

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RECIPES: Holiday Desserts With Egg Nog

Two flavors that represent the holiday season are egg nog and fresh-baked cookies. Now you can enjoy baking with egg nog, with these recipes for cookies, fudge and pound cake. Double your pleasure by serving the treats with a glass of egg nog.

Egg Nog Wreath Cookies Recipe
White Chocolate Egg Nog Fudge Recipe
Egg Nog Pound Cake Recipe

We also have several egg nog recipes, to please any palate.

Chocolate Egg Nog Recipe
Coconut Egg Nog Recipe
Diet Egg Nog Recipe

Find more sweet treats in our Cookies & Brownies Section, and more holiday drinks in our Cocktails Section.

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