FOOD 101: The Difference Between Crème, Creme & Cream

February 14th—Valentine’s Day—is also National Creme Filled Chocolates Day. But what’s with creme vs. cream? “Creme,” pronounced cream, is a mis-spelled, mis-pronounced Americanization of the French word for cream, crème (pronounced KREHM). It is used in the U.S. to make chocolates and desserts seem more special; i.e., French, without the correct French pronunciation and accent…
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VALENTINE FOOD FUN: Broken-Heart Chocolate

[1] Broken peanut butter cups in a chocolate heart box (photo courtesy Justin’s). [2] Chop or break up chocolate bars to create a “broken heart” (photo courtesy Hebert Candies).   If your Valentine’s Day will be more doleful than joyful—or if you simply have a twisted sense of humor—express your feelings in broken-heart chocolate.  …
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Rau Chocolate Drink

[1] Raw chocolate drinks are made from organic cacao beans (all photos courtesy Rau | Facebook). [2] We drink Rau from the bottle, but you can choose your vessel. [3] Coconut lovers: You have another reason to be happy. [4] Rau’s recipe for Chocolate Oat Brownie Batter oatmeal: 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 tablespoon cocoa powder,…
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PRODUCTS: Food Gifts For Valentine’s Day (Or Any Day), Part 2

Yesterday we presented some non-traditional Valentine food gifts. Today, we take on the more expected categories of sweets, plus something with zero calories: artisan Valentine tea blends. In alphabetical order, we recommend: FEED YOUR SOUL: VEGAN BROWNIES This bakery’s lineup includes popular cookies and bars (chocolate chip, peanut butter, etc.), but our pick for your…
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VALENTINE’S DAY: Chocolate & Cheese Plate Pairings

We often enjoy a cheese plate for dessert, and sometimes add a piece of dark chocolate to it. Castello Cheese has taken the idea further, creating an entire dessert platter. They’ve chosen three of their cheeses—Castello Creamy Havarti, Blue Crumbles, and Double Crème White. We’re modifying that a bit with our own choices: brie or…
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