Cinnamon, Icing & Plastic Babies

The cake itself is a soft ring of  sweet, twisted cinnamon bread, delicious in its own right. But when you add on the frositng, sprinkles and some Mardi Gras magic, you have a festive treat the whole family will love. 

The first recorded Mardi Gras celebration in Texas took place in Galveston in 1867, with a masked ball and performance of Shakespeare's Henry IV.  Since then, the tradition has spread across Texas with celebrations both large and small taking place during Mardi Gras season. 

Get in on the fun this year with a colorful King Cake — the easiest way to score your beads! 

Topsee Tulip Frosting

It's available in vanilla or chocolate flavors and can do so much more than just top cupcakes.
 
Use it to create super simple and fun dips for fruit and pretzels, filling for apple turnovers and strawberry breakfast pastries, topping for cheesecakes, maple cakes, and peanut butter pies. You can even break out the Topsee Tulip and introduce your friends to Tiramisu Mousse, made with coffee, cocoa powder, and semi-sweet baking chocolate. Serve in tall cocktail glasses for an impressive after-dinner treat.
 
Topsee Tulip will be swinging through our Dallas-area stores over the next few days with samples and ideas for all! You’ll have a chance to meet the creator of this delightful frosting, Kristen Spetrino, who, if you are a frosting-knife-licker is truly a kindred spirit. Growing up she would share coconut cake from Harriett’s in Key Largo with her mom. And by “share” I mean she’d eat the frosting off the top and give the cake to her mom. So, it’s no surprise that Kristen went on to create an incredible, creamy frosting you can use for breakfast, lunch, dinner (life is so uncertain, after all), and, of course, a truckload of desserts.
 
Here’s the schedule for when the Topsee Tulip Frosting train pulls into Dallas:
 
2-24 Southlake 10 am – 7 pm
2-25 Dallas Preston Royal
2-26 Plano 10 am – 7 pm
2-27 Dallas Lovers 10 am – 7 pm
 
See you there! (We'll be the ones hovering around the demo table with spoons in our hands.) 

Honeymoon Ice Cream

 
“If you're going to do a thing, do it well,” says Mr. Honeymoon. That’s why Honeymoon Ice Cream uses fresh, local, organic, seasonal ingredients from people they know.
 
And to really take their craft and quality to another dimension, they make all the jams, oats, biscuits, candied nuts, caramels, and toffees you find in every pint! Everything. It’s all made from scratch by the Honeymoon folks.
 
The milk used to make this extra creamy ice cream is from a herd of Jersey cows who live in Tomales, California, on beautiful green hills near the Pacific Ocean.
 
Honeymoon Ice Cream is easy to spot in our freezers because of the unique packaging. It is packed in glass jars by Honeymoon because they “want you to have something useful and reuseable.” It’s pretty, reuseable and home to an extraordinary ice cream — this is one very special jar!
 
Look for these special jars filled with seriously special ice cream to be on sale through 2/28 and get ready for one of the country’s best ice cream experiences! 

Learn To Cook Chinese Food

He will be visiting our Dallas (3/19), Houston (3/20), and Austin: North Lamar (3/21) stores to host demo classes featuring recipes from his cookbook Phoenix Claws & Jade Trees: Essential Techniques of Authentic Chinese Cooking (pictured). 
 
Join us for this exciting opportunity and learn:

  • Three ways to stir-fry and one braising technique
  • Which method is best for which ingredients
  • How to achieve the desired results (which is what we’re all looking for, right?)

 
Armed with this knowledge, you'll be able to re-create dishes from all over China and even invent your own favorites!
 
Chef Kian Lam Kho will prepare:

Red Cooked Pork with Steamed Buns
Kung Pao Chicken
Stir-fried Beef with Black Pepper
Stir-fried Greens with Garlic


Phoenix Claws & Jade Trees: Essential Techniques of Authentic Chinese Cooking will be for sale, and the Chef will be happy to personalize it for you after class. And if you want more from Kho, check out www.redcook.net where he is a blogger.
 
 
 
Note: This class is for cooks ages 16 and up.

   Image credit: kidminds.com
   

Let’s Have Tilapia For Dinner!

If you chose door #2 and are going with Tilapia with Chili Lime Butter, here you go!
 
 
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 Min
Cook Time: 8 Min

INGREDIENTS
1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
1 tbsp finely minced shallot
1 tbsp freshly grated lime zest
2 tsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp fresh minced Thai or Serrano chili, including seeds
1/2 tsp salt
4 tilapia fillets, seasoned on both sides with salt and pepper
1 cup flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
2 tbsp vegetable oil
 
PREPARATION
In small bowl mix together butter, shallot, lime zest and juice, chili and salt. Refrigerate until ready to use. Coat the seasoned fish in flour and pan-fry in hot oil. Serve fish with chili butter.

Dinner Could Not Be Easier

First, score your Foodie Freebie:

Buy: Central Market Organic Salad
Get Free: Cardini's Salad Dressing (Garlic Lemon Caesar is a good choice.)

Then head to Chef Prepared we're you'll find our meal deal. Pick out your favorite flavor of Fire-Roasted Rotisserie Chicken, grab the one pound container of hot Macaroni & Cheese, and you just cooked dinner.

If you want to cook dessert, too, zip through the bakery and look for our Parfaits. They're big enough to share and 10% off.   

And that's all there is to it. Just like that you put quality food on the table with zero hassle. So when you finally get to sit down and take a breath, go ahead and pat yourself on the back. Perhaps while drinking a glass of one of our French wines, which just so happen to be on sale now, too. 

You've got this dinner thing covered. 

Ooey, Gooey, Bread Pudding

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French Poppers

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Pomegranate and Rose Granita

Pomegranate and Rose Granita
-The New York Times-

Time: 30 minutes, plus freezing
Yield: 6-8 small servings

Ingredients
Scant 1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 sprigs mint (visit the fresh herb section in Produce)
1 2/3 cup 100% pomegranate juice
1/2 teaspoon rose water
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
2 tsps. dried rose petals

Directions
1. Add sugar and 7 Tbsps. water to a small saucepan and place over high heat. Stir continously, until sugar has dissolved and the liquid comes to a boil.

2. Add mint, reduce heat to mediumlow and simmer for 1 minute, stirring occasionally.

3. Remove from heat and set aside to cool, about 20 minutes. Strain the syrup into a large bowl, pressing on the mint to extract the water. Discard the mint. 

4. Whisk the pomegranate juice and rose water into the syrup until combined. Pour into a container and freeze 2 to 3 hours, until clumps form and the edges are solid. (The shallower the container, the shorter the freezing time.) Use a fork to separate the crystals and freeze for another 2 hours. Repeat this process until the liquid has frozen into separate crystals throughout, about 8 to 10 hours total. 

5. To serve, divide the granita between small glasses and sprinkle with the pomegranate seeds and rose petals. 

6. Holler over the fence at your neighbors. It's time to party!

Image credit: Rikki Snyder for the New York Times

Last Minute Valentine’s Gifts

Valentine's Meals for Two
We have chef-prepared meals for two ready to go, starring Lobster Tails, Beef Tenderloin, or Chicken Piccata. The meals come complete with salad, sides, rolls, and dessert. Check with your store today for options!

Flowers
Of course we have flowers. And it's hard to go wrong with beautiful blooms when looking to put a smile on someone's face on Valentine's Day — or any day, for that matter. We have gorgeous classics like roses and tulips, and our Floral experts have created some really beautiful bouquets you can pick from. They're also happy to help you pick out an assortment of flowers and create a one-of-a-kind bouquet perfect for your special someone. 

Chocolate and Candy
Classic to fun, we have a variety of chocolate treats and red & white candies that will put a smile on anyone's face. And don't forget the Swiss Chocolate Dipped Strawberries!

Wine and Beer
Whether your Valentine is the wine and steak type or the beer and burger type, you'll find something new and unique or a classic fave in our Wine & Beer department. We're happy to help you pick out something new based on preferred taste or to pair well the meal you have planned. Just ask! 

Cheese
Build a cheese board and pour the wine — surefire way to win your Valentine! 

Cake
Imagine your Valentine's face when you walk in with a towering cake, fresh from our bakery. Or a Chocolate Pecan Chess Pie. Or a Cheesecake Love chocolate swirled cheesecake. It will surely be a night to eat dessert first! 

Pizza
Hey, for some of us a chef-prepared pizza and a bouquet of flowers screams "I love you!" loud and clear. 

It's not too late to be a Valentine hero. Come see us today!