VALENTINE’S DAY: Gourmet Chocolates

We love getting gifts from Chocolat Céleste (it means “heavenly chocolate” in French), a Minneapolis-based artisan chocolatier. The ganache fillings are delicious and the cocoa-butter transfers that decorate the tops are lovely. If you’re looking for a special box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day, head over to the website and take your pick. Gift boxes…
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VALENTINE’S DAY: Chocolate ‘Gingerbread’ Man Or Girl

He’s just a hunk, a hunk of chocolate love. Photo courtesy Choclatique.com.   For the Valentine whose heart desires two-and-one-half pounds of solid milk chocolate, the creative chocolatiers at Choclatique suggest Chocolate Man (in photo) or Chocolate Girl (she has long eyelashes and a hair bow). There’s no gingerbread—just 100% chocolate (plus decorations). Each Chocolate…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Valentine Food Gifts

One of five alternatives to Valentine chocolate. Photo courtesy Williams-Sonoma.   Situation: You need a great gift for Valentine’s Day. The recipient doesn’t want chocolate candy. Solution: five recommendations for delicious food items that aren’t chocolates. Our Valentine Top Picks include: 1. Godiva Chocolate Vodkas & Chocolate Liqueurs 2. Patron XO Cafe Dark Cocoa, a…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make A Streusel (Crumble, Crisp) Topping

A crumb or crumble topping—a.k.a. streusel—is a stroke of genius, says chef Johnny Gnall. A few basic ingredients, mashed together by hand and popped into the oven, results in a sweet, rich, crumbly voluptuousness that’s wonderful with any number of sweets. It’s a low fuss, crowd-pleasing dessert topping that can really dress things up. Crumble…
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