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Archive for January 5, 2013

TIP OF THE DAY: A New Use For Leftover Baguette

Baguette slices dipped in chocolate. These
are topped with a sprinkle of sea salt. Photo
by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.

 

We were waiting for our latte at Le Pain Quotidien when we noticed, among the baked goodies, a clamshell box of chocolate-covered something.

Homing in on the label, the quirky-looking product turned out to be chocolate-covered baguette slices, made from baguettes left over at the day’s end.

Traditional tips for leftover baguette include bread crumbs, bread pudding, bread salad, bruschetta, croutons, crostini, fondue dippers and garlic toast. But we like the sweet treatment of chocolate-covered bread.

It’s easy to make for home snacking (delicious with coffee and tea), to bring to work or as gifts.

CHOCOLATE COVERED BREAD

Ingredients

  • Day-old baguette
  • Chocolate bar, chocolate chips or other sweetened chocolate
    (dark, milk or white chocolate or a combination)
  • Optional garnish: chopped nuts, dried fruit, sea salt, seeds
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    Preparation

    1. SLICE leftover baguette into 1/4″ wide pieces and toast lightly. You can use a toaster oven or conventional oven. Let the toasted slices cool to room temperature.

    2. MELT chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler. Dip one side of the baguette slices and coat thoroughly. Let dry, coated side up, on wax paper. Then dip second side.

    3. SPRINKLE before the chocolate dries with your choice of one or more garnishes: coarse sea salt, chopped nuts, dried fruit (blueberries, cherries, cranberries, raisins or other favorite) or seeds (sesame or pumpkin seeds).

    4. ENJOY within a day or two; keep in an airtight storage container.

    Find more of our favorite chocolate treats.

      

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    PRODUCT: Herb Tea For Dogs

    January is National Tea Month. How about enjoying a cup with your canine companion?

    But don’t serve Fido a cup of Earl Grey or Green Jasmine: Caffeine isn’t good for dogs. California Tea House consulted with numerous veterinarians and researched herbal treatments for canines in order to develop a perfect blend for canines. It happens to be the (human) tea company’s most popular product!

    Named after the company’s favorite canine, Machu’s Blend tea for dogs is a once-a-day herbal tea that:

  • Promotes healthy skin and coat.
  • Lowers stress.
  • Aids digestion of dry dog food, easing the stomach and reducing gas.
  • Prevents motion sickness caused by car rides.
  • Prevents bloat.
  • Reduces epileptic seizures in affected dogs.
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    An herbal tea blend developed just for dogs. Photo courtesy California Tea Housel

     

    WHAT’S IN THE DOG TEA?

    Machu’s Blend tea for dogs combines chamomile, calendula (marigold), fennel seed, ginger root and skullcap (a member of the mint family).

    Brew a half teaspoon in a cup of water, steep for 1-2 minutes and allow the tea to completely cool (you can add ice). Then, you and Fido are ready to curl up on the sofa with a good book or your favorite DVD: perhaps a Beverly Hills Chihuahua marathon?

    Get your Machu’s Blend—and plenty of blends for humans—at CaliforniaTeaHouse.com.

      

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