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Bespoke’s Arturo Franco-Camacho’s Milk Chocolate Banana Terrine

During the Global Tastes Restaurant Tour as part of Sneak Peek Week in New Haven, Arturo Franco-Camacho demonstrated this incredibly easy Banana Terrine. Seriously -- you can make the actual terrine in a few minutes with melted chocolate, heavy cream, overripe bananas and a blender or food processor. To do so, melt 1 pound of milk chocolate in the top of a double boiler set over boiling water. Bring 5 ounces of heavy cream to a boil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat.  Blend the melted chocolate, the hot cream and 3 peeled overrripe bananas in a blender or food processor until smooth. Pour the mixture into a Saran [...]

Substitute Nuts for Fat in Baking

At the recent American Dietetic Association’s Food & Nutrition Conference in Chicago, I picked up this recipe and tip from the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation : Use ground nuts instead of the other fats in a baking recipe for an equally tasty and healthier treat. For those needing specific amounts  try this Macadamia Shortbread recipe. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking tray with parchment, or lightly oil.  Process 1 c macadamia nuts, 1 c flour, 1/4 c cornstarch or rice flour, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 T ginger in a food processor until a fine powder. Add 1 egg and 1/2 t [...]

By |2017-08-31T16:20:54-04:00November 3rd, 2008|Endings, Recipes, xyz misc|0 Comments

The $250 Neiman Marcus Cookie Story

Some of the girls in my office were recently chatting about chocolate chip cookies, not any cookies though... outrageously priced Neiman Marcus cookies. My colleague forwarded me the email she had just received (displayed below). I had not heard the cookie story before, but was very interested and had to research it. It appears the email's claim is more 'urban legend' than culinary spite, but I just love how people have kept this recipe alive; the story is actually an adaptation of a 1940's myth about Red Velvet cake from the Waldorf-Astoria (read more at Wikipedia). Submitted here for your reading... the infamous Cookie Story, and a pretty good cookie [...]

By |2017-08-31T16:20:58-04:00July 27th, 2008|Endings, Recipes, xyz misc|3 Comments