TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Mochidoki, Ice Cream-Stuffed Mochi

Like ice cream? Get ready for a [relatively] new variation: ice cream mochi (MO-chee). Mochidoki is a delightful ice cream treat—a sophisticated re-envisioning of a classic Japanese sweet made from rice dough: a dough of pounded, glutinous (but gluten-free) sweet rice flour that is steamed and kneaded until it becomes delightfully chewy and supple, with… Continue reading “TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Mochidoki, Ice Cream-Stuffed Mochi”

TIP OF THE DAY: Homemade Food Gifts

[1] Chocolate bark with holiday accents (photo courtesy Close Encounters Of The Cooking Kind). [2] Use a quality chocolate bar like Cailler for the best flavor (photo courtesy Cailler—pronounced kiy-YAY). The Swiss chocolate bars in their festive boxes also make great stocking stuffers.   For those moments when unexpected guests arrive for Christmas, or when… Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: Homemade Food Gifts”

TIP OF THE DAY: Red Licorice For Chocolate-Covered Anything Day

[1] These Christmas Twizzlers are available at Target and elsewhere (photo courtesy Candy Warehouse). [2] You can buy the artisan version from confectioners. These are sold on Etsy by Nicole’s Treats. [3] Wowsa: a kid’s fantasy Christmas Cake from Cake Whiz. Underneath: a chocolate cake with buttercream frosting.   December 16th is Chocolate-Covered Anything Day.… Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: Red Licorice For Chocolate-Covered Anything Day”

TIP OF THE DAY: Make Cookie Spread, a.k.a. Cookie Butter

[1] The original Biscoff Spread, used for filling cookie sandwiches at Picky Palate. [2] The European name for Biscoff Spread is Speculoos (photo courtesy Dutch Shop). [3] Trader Joe’s three private label versions include original, crunchy and cocoa swirl (photo courtesy Baking Bites). [4] A favorite flavor, from Tumbador Chocolate. [5] Even health food stores… Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: Make Cookie Spread, a.k.a. Cookie Butter”

GIFT OF THE DAY: White Chocolate Polar Bears

Mom, dad and the kids are adorable…but not too adorable to eat! Photos courtesy Woodhouse Chocolate.   They may be too old for Teddy bears and Winnie The Pooh, but no one is too old for these chocolate polar bears from Woodhouse Chocolate of Napa Valley, one of our favorite chocolate artisans. Give just one… Continue reading “GIFT OF THE DAY: White Chocolate Polar Bears”