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Archive for November, 2009

GIFT: Thanksgiving Cookie Basket From Corso’s Cookies

We received a Thanksgiving cookie bouquet and, though surrounded by piles of food samples requiring tasting, took a moment from the work of the day to relax with a cup of tea and enjoy the hand-decorated turkeys, pumpkins and ears of corn.

While many cookie bouquets are sugar cookies—hard and pretty flavorless—Corso’s Cookies produces softer, higher-quality shortbread, made with butter and almond flavoring. Even after a big lunch, they were popular with our group of Nibblers.

If you’ve missed the opportunity to send a Thanksgiving bouquet prior to the big day, there’s still time to send some for weekend enjoyment—or a Thank You bouquet to your dinner host. And of course, there are Happy Anything Else, Congratulations Get Well and many more cookie greetings. With the skyrocketing cost of paper greeting, cookie bouquets may become the new standard way of messaging.

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We gobbled them up! Photo courtesy CorsosCookies.com.

 

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RECIPE: Ice Cream (Or Frozen Yogurt) Pumpkin Pie

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Here’s a different pumpkin pie for your
holiday: made with pumpkin ice cream
or frozen yogurt.

If you’re looking for something special beyond the traditional pumpkin pie, how about an ice cream or frozen yogurt pumpkin pie? This recipe, created by Louise McLane, comes to us from our favorite frozen yogurt purveyor, Sweet Scoops (read the review of this fabulous probiotic yogurt). Just scoop the ice cream or frozen yogurt into a pie shell and top with toffee bits, chopped walnuts and a chocolate drizzle.

Gingersnap Crumb Crust Ingredients
– 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
– 1½ cups gingersnap crumbs (24 small gingersnaps, crushed and pulsed in a food processor until finely ground)
– 2 tablespoons sugar
– 1/8 teaspoon salt

Preparation

1. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Lightly butter a 9″ pie pan. Stir together all ingredients in a bowl and press evenly on bottom and up side of pie pan.
3. Bake until crisp, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on a rack to room temperature.

Filling Ingredients
– 2 pints Sweet Scoops Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt or your favorite pumpkin ice cream, softened until spreadable

Preparation
1. Spoon softened frozen yogurt evenly into pie shell.
2. Place in freezer while preparing topping.

Topping Ingredients
– 1 cup walnuts, toasted, chopped
– 1 cup toffee bits (you can use a Skor bar)

Preparation
– Mix together walnuts and toffee bits. Sprinkle liberally and evenly on top of pie.
– Press slightly into frozen yogurt or ice cream to adhere. Return pie to freezer while preparing glaze.

Bittersweet Chocolate Glaze Ingredients
– 2 ounces (2 squares) bittersweet chocolate
– 2 tablespoons butter

Preparation
1. Melt the chocolate and butter in a small bowl over hot water on moderate heat (do not let the bottom of the bowl touch the water), stirring until completely smooth.
2. With a spoon, drizzle spoonfuls of the glaze over the pie in a zigzag pattern.
3. Return pie to freezer for a half hour before serving, or until glaze starts to look dull.
4. Alternative: Instead of chocolate glaze, serve with a drizzle of your favorite chocolate sauce.

 

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GOURMET GIVEAWAY: Superseedz Flavored Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin scones—what’s the healthiest way to enjoy pumpkin? None of these! But if you win this week’s Gourmet Giveaway prize from Superseedz, you’ll have a healthy and delicious pumpkin snack—lots of it!

A a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week (read the review and see close-up photos), Superseedz, a Gallo Prize Winner, are artisan-roasted and flavored with cinnamon, curry, sea salt or spice. Besides being iron-rich, healthy, snackilicious and guilt-free, there’s no spitting required: It’s all part of the Superseedz magic. Even if you don’t win, you should order up a bunch of bags for stocking stuffers (the small bags are just $2.00).

The Prize: A Gift Basket Of Superseedz Flavored Pumpkin Seeds

One winner will receive six large bags and four small bags of Superseedz Flavored Pumpkin Seeds in each of the four flavors: Cinnamon & Sugar, Original Curry, Sea Salt and Somewhat Spicy. The pumpkin seeds will arrive in a gift basket prepared by Well Baskets, a specialist in healthy gourmet gift baskets. Approximate Retail Value: $55.00.

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Always be prepared at snack time with a tasty, healthy bag of pumpkin seeds!

 

To Enter This Gourmet Giveaway:

  • See THE NIBBLE’S Gourmet Snacks Section, where you’ll discover more of our favorite snacks.
  • Click on the link at the bottom of the page by noon on Monday, November 30th, to enter your email address for the prize drawing. (Privacy is observed; your email address will not be used for any other purpose.)

 

 

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TIP OF THE DAY: Holiday “Mocktail”

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Photo by M. Gillow | IST.

For an alcohol-free cocktail for adults and minors during holiday celebrations, mix equal parts of cranberry juice, apple cider and club soda (or ginger ale for a sweeter drink for the kids). Serve the “mocktail” in a wine goblet with an optional cinnamon stick.

You can turn the drink into a real cocktail by substituting an ounce of vodka and a 1/2 ounce of Calvados (apple brandy) for the club soda or ginger ale.

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KITCHENWARE: Need An Extra Oven For Thanksgiving?

If you have just one oven but lots of side dishes to cook for Thanksgiving, this clever, multi-tiered oven rack may work for you. You can cook multiple dishes at once—the yams, Brussels sprouts and stuffing, for example.

The rack, which is 15″ x 11″ x 8¼”, holds up to three levels of heavy casserole dishes and then folds flat for storage. This rack is from Sur La Table (online at SurLaTable.com); but you may be able to find one locally as well. Easy assembly required.

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Why didn’t we think of this one? Photo
courtesy SurLaTable.com.

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