Archive for December, 2008:

Dec
17

Fudge Ecstasies

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(from the 1989 Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook) 1 12-ounce package (2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate pieces 2 squares (2 ounces) unsweetened chocolate 2 tablespoons butter 2 eggs 2/3 cup sugar ¼ cup all purpose flour 1 teaspoon. vanilla ¼ teaspoon. baking powder 1 cup chopped nuts In a heavy medium saucepan heat half of the […]

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Dec
17

Dungeness Crab Cakes and Saffron Aioli

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Serves 6 Crab cakes 2 lb. whole Dungeness crab or 10 to 12 oz. cleaned crabmeat 3 oz. fresh scallops 1/2 tsp. sea salt Fresh ground white pepper, to taste 1/2 cup heavy cream 2 tsp. Dijon mustard 1 tsp. chopped cilantro Pinch cayenne pepper 1/4 cup grapeseed oil Aioli 1 egg yolk 2 tsp. […]

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Dec
17

Cranberry Cookies with Brown Butter Icing

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Cookie Ingredients: 3 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon baking soda  1/2 cup margarine 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup milk 2 Tablespoons orange juice 1 egg 1 cup chopped pecans 2 cups coarsely chopped cranberries (fresh or frozen) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Mix together the […]

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Dec
16

Sweetheart Cookies

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Ingredients: 3/4 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg yolk 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons raspberry or strawberry preserves Confectioners’ sugar   In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.  Add egg yolk; mix well.  Stir in flour by hand.  On a lightly floured surface, gently knead dough for 2-3 minutes or […]

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Dec
15

Preview: "12 Days of Cookies"

If you’ve read our blog in the past, you already know that at FH, we love food. So for our holiday party last week, we created the First Annual FH Cookie Exchange. Everyone in the office baked (okay, a few bought) their favorite holiday cookie and the result was truly delicious! After the office-wide sugar-high […]

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Dec
12

Who Needs Rockefeller Plaza?

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If you’re looking for some good, old-fashioned fun, check out the outdoor ice skating rink in historic Folsom, open through January 25. We headed to the festive area this week and marveled at the how amazing it is to have a frozen outdoor rink in light jacket weather! The historic district has plenty in the […]

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Dec
11

Holiday Foodie Idea

Looking for a gift idea that doesn’t require hitting the mall?  This Saturday, learn how to make Holiday Gifts from the World Kitchen at the East Bay Restaurant Supply Culinary Center in Sacramento. Join Chefs Carolyn Kumpe, Dani Luzzatti and Shankari Easwaran to learn how to prepare delicious and simple recipies that make great handcrafted gifts. […]

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Dec
10

Butternut Squash Bisque

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I love winter squash, but will be the first to admit that I’m a complete rookie at preparing them. Not that they are hard to cook, most squash variety you can bake, grill, steam, even microwave, but for some reason they intimidate me. I found the recipe below for butternut squash bisque and had to […]

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Dec
08

Lunch at Bistro 33 in Midtown Sacramento

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Over the summer, we shared a review of one Sac Foodie’s late-night dining experience at Bistro 33 Midtown. Recently, I also had the pleasure of trying this trendy restaurant, although my experience was during daylight hours. It was mid-day on a Saturday and my dining companions and I were facing a dilemma: Where could we […]

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Dec
04

Morton’s Has Moved!

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Many Sacramentans may know that Morton’s has been a long-time resident of the area, but did you know that Morton’s recently made the move from 521 L Street over to 621 Capitol Mall? Thanks to an invitation from their friendly staff, I was able to attend a sneak preview of the new location for lunch. As […]

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