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Cocktail Punk Bitters @ChefShop.com

Cocktailpunk It’s Bitters with a great attitude! Ancient Eqyptians created bitters using grape based alcohol (wine) and, later in history, distilled spirits were used to draw and refine the herbal essence of plants in an effort to create a tincture to cure what might ail you. This drawing of punctuated flavor into liquid form, most…

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Authentic Moroccan Harissa – family Style

The Villa Jerada brand Harissa represents the story of my returning back to my Moroccan roots.  In every Moroccan Souk, store and home you will find this spicy condiment used as either a base for cooking, or as a garnish to add spice to your meal. Harrissa remains a staple in the Moroccan kitchen, much…

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The Mysterious Origins of Honeydew Honey

Honeydew Honey It’s a confusing name for sure. Honeydew? It’s a fruit, right? Wrong! These words help one to understand this amazing honey : Rare, conifer, Coccoidea Margaro-didae, sap, pine, fir, mostly female, manna from heaven, Sternorrhyncha, and trisaccharide melezitose, a sugar, which turns out to be not easily found in nature. Interestingly, the production…

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XXI Century Oil – Smoky olive oil

XXI Century Oil A smokey Olive Oil A 21st Century oil. Somehow the name, Castillo (Castle), sounds perfect for an oil that is smoked. The other day, one of our local store regulars came in and announced he would really like us to carry a smoked oil. Like you, our customers know so much about…

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Peanut Brittle
without the sticky mess

Peanuts Sweet tooth satisfaction in a brittle If you haven’t figured it out by now I have a wicked sweet tooth. And recently, I’ve been very much on a memory kick for childhood foods that I used to eat.  Some are probably not worth eating and for sure, the memory is infinitely better than the…

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Olive Oil Sundae with Flaky Salt!

Sundays Sundae Dessert Olive Oil Your first task is to find the deepest richest darkest chocolate ice cream you can. I prefer one that is less sweet and has more cocoa flavor, so that when you top it with the Bergamot olive oil and flaky sea salt, the flavors will blend without being overrun by…

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Smoked Sea Salt – the real deal!

  Iburi-Jio! The very best Smoked Sea Salt! Starting with deep sea water from off the coast of Japan, the ocean water is slowly heated in a large pot over a fire of burning wood. Over three days, the water evaporates creating a crystalized salt rich in magnesium, potassium and calcium. The “iburi” , or…

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Topical Heat Wave

A Bark that has some Bite Organically grown Ceylon Cinnamon Open the bag, put your schnoz inside and take a big whiff … “ooh-la-la” to quote Grace Potter. This is what you expect this is what you want, this is and I mean, IS, cinnamon. Look at the bag and see a tree, see the…

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Jesse Bakes a Cake – A really good one

Jesse Bakes a Cake 2 + 2 : two days to make, two days to eat Do you remember that layered chocolate cookie with whipped cream frosting “cake” recipe that came with those round chocolate wafer cookies? The recipe was on the packaging. It really was a brilliant way to sell a whole package of…

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Smoked Applewood Bacon – a story

Bacon! Applewood Smoked Heritage Pork Right now the dining room table is covered with over 50 new products to taste. But don’t get too excited! Unfortunately, out of those 50 maybe three will make it to the shelves. We taste them all and the ones we like get moved to the top of the list.…

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Sorrento Lemon Olive Oil

A Very Special Oil Sorrento Lemon and Olives bond together! Sometimes, we have to wait for great things to come together. In this case, crushed together. Olives and citrus are a wonderful combination; a fractal relationship if you will. The smell first fills your nose with citrus sweetness. Fill a big spoon, and every whiff…

Call it Ceci, Garbanzo, or Chickpea, they are the same basic bean.

All About Ceci Flour

All About Ceci Flour- by Lesa Sullivan No good Italian cook is without his or her own favorite recipe for preparing beans.  Though ancient Romans considered the pulse to be peasant food, its presence in Italian cookery is considerable. Beans are boiled for elegant soups and rustic stews, whipped up into sweet confections, candied, mashed with…