January 12, 2007

Top 100 - 31 Through 40

31. A Vinaigrier. I love making my own vinegar and this vinaigrier is so much nicer to look at than a bunch of cheesecloth wrapped wine bottles.

32. Marianne's Ice Cream in Santa Cruz, California. Mandarin Orange ice cream, Coconut ice cream, Northern Oregon Blackberry ice cream, Mexican Chocolate ice cream, Banana ice cream, Cinnamon Caramel ice cream, Highway 17 ice cream (that's Rocky Road, if you don't already know), Peach ice cream...I could go on and on...they offer around 62 more mouth watering flavors to tempt you.

Marianne's Ice Cream
1020 Ocean St
Santa Cruz, CA

33. The Sweet Potato. I love them! Sweet potato fries are one of the most delicious things on this earth and this chowder recipe is one I make again and again. Be careful with the chipotle chilies, adding 3 makes it really spicy!

Sweet Potato Chowder

From Real Simple

Preparation Time: 10 minutes minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes minutes

1/2 pound thick-sliced bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 sweet red pepper, diced
1/2 sweet green pepper, diced
1/2 large white onion, diced
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
3 13-ounce cans chicken broth
3 canned chipotle chilies, minced
2 14-ounce cans corn
1 cup low-fat milk
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cook the bacon in a large stockpot over medium heat until it begins to crisp. Spoon off the bacon fat, except for a thin coating. Add the peppers and onion to the bacon and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are tender.

Add the sweet potatoes, chicken broth, and chipotles and simmer, covered, 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Stir in the corn, milk, and salt; heat through.

Yield: 4 servings

34. La Table St Crescent in Narbonne, France. The restaurant is housed in a gorgeous, former 7th century Oratory on the outskirts of town. Their Saveur & Région menu offers four courses for 37 €, and for an additional 5 € it is offered with three glasses of wine to compliment the two savory and one cheese course. They offer three other menu's, ranging in price from 20 € for the menu du jour to 69 € for seven courses! They also offer à la carte. The food has always been excellent and the service impeccable. Their cheese cart alone, with around 25 offerings to choose from, is reason enough to eat here.

La Table Saint-Crescent
Route de Perpignan
11100 Narbonne

35. The Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson. With over 4,000 entries, this tome is the only reference book on wine that you'll ever need. Includes information about varietals, regions, distillation, history, politics, etc.

36. Uwajimaya in Seattle, Washington. Uwajimaya is a spectacular Asian grocery store and market that is one of the largest in the area. It has more than doubled in size since I moved to Seattle in 1987 and in addition to the retail market, includes restaurants, a cooking school, a bank and a bookstore.

37. Kir Cardinal. A Kir is an apéritif made with a measure of crème de cassis, topped up with white wine. A Kir Cardinal is the same, only topped up with red wine.

38. Baked Brie with Honey and Pecans. Oozing and scrumptious! Serve with lots of French bread to scoop up the gooey cheese.

Baked Brie with Honey and Pecans

1 small brie (about 300 grams or 10 ounces)
a drizzle of olive oil
2 sprigs thyme, leaves stripped off
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup pecans, toasted and cut into large pieces

Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
Remove the brie from it's wrapping and put in an oven proof dish. Make a few cuts in the top, drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with thyme leaves. Cover with foil and bake for 10 minutes, or until gooey. Remove the foil and drizzle with the honey and sprinkle with the chopped pecans.
Serves 4 people.

39. Hansen's Sno-Blitz, New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1934 Mr. and Mrs. Hansen developed the Sno-Blitz sno-ball maker and the rest is history. A sno-ball is made with shaved ice, completely different from a snow cone, which is made with crushed ice. The finely shaved ice is layered in a cup with syrup, making a sweet and snow-like textured treat. After nearly 73 years of marriage the Hanson's passed away last year within seven months of each other. Their granddaughter is now keeping the sno-ball tradition alive.

40. Fraises des Bois. Intensely sweet and tiny wild strawberry.
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1 comment:

Mimi said...

Loved baked brie, Loulou. I'm loving your list, too. Mandarin orange ice cream sounds good, too,