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Brittle with a Bite

Brittle with a Bite

Adapted from Yankee Magazine

1 cup sugar
1/3 cup corn syrup
1 cup water
1 cup Spicy Nut Mix (roughly chopped)

In a medium saucepan over high heat, combine sugar, corn syrup, and water; cook, stirring often until sugar melts.  Cook until temperature reaches 310 degrees (hard crack stage) and mixture becomes amber in color, 15 TO 20 minutes.  As mixture cooks, use a wet pastry brush to push accumulated sugar down from the side of the pan; be careful not to stir mixture.  Now stir in nuts.  Pour carefully onto a baking sheet lined with parchment and spread into a 1/2 inch layer.  Let cool completely (about 30 minutes).  Break into pieces.  Store in an airtight container.

Spicy Nut Mix

1/2 cup unsalted peanuts
1 cup unsalted cashews
1/2 cup unsalted shelled pistachios
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoons hot sauce (such as Tabasco)
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1 tablespoon sugar

Heat oven to 300 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, combine nuts and oil until nuts are well-coated.  Add hot sauce and stir well to coat.   In a separate small bowl, combine remaining ingredients.  Add to nut mixture and stir well to coat.  Turn nuts onto rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment and bake, stirring 2 or 3 times, 15 minutes.  Remove and transfer to another baking sheet to cool.  Yield 2 cups nuts.  Store unused nut mixture in airtight container.

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Sayonara Halloween Candy

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got to stop eating the leftover Halloween candy.  It’s sitting in a beautiful silver bowl on the table in the entry of my kitchen, calling to me everytime I walk in the door.  First it was the Almond Joy, then the Peanut M&Ms and now I’ve dipped into the candies that I don’t even like, I’m just eating them because they’re there.

I did some searching to find the perfect use for all the leftover empty calories, hoping desperately to find something I could make and drop off at a neighbor’s house, so they could eat it instead of me and came across this candy pie (via Serious Eats).



How do you make this ridiculous indulgence you ask?  Simply bake a pie crust, fill with candy and bake at 350 until the candy is duly melted.  Remove from oven and let set.  Serve while still warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

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Treats from Paris

Erin came back to the office last with a plethora of treats from Paris and I can’t help but to show how beautiful the food goodies are…

These are Pates de Fruits from The Galleries Lafayette gourmet grocery store in the basement level of their Galleries Homme (men’s store) in the Opera district of Paris.  Erin had first stopped at a shop that only made Pates de Fruits only to discover they were selling them for $60 a pound!  These are quite possibly my favorite indulgence when it comes to candy.  I love the concentrated flavor and the smooth texture.

I’ve made Passion Fruit Gelees on a couple of occasions and find this is the best recipe to use without making a special trip to a baker’s supply store…


The only request I made when finding out Erin was going to Paris was the Pates de Fruits, but she surprised me with a beautiful little box full of macarons from Laduree Patisserie that were to die for!   If you’re interested in making homemade macarons, this is by far the best method/recipe I’ve seen…



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How to: Homemade Salted Caramels

I took on the project of making salted caramels the other night as I was desperately craving them, but Dean and Deluca was already closed.  Though not every piece looked perfectly beautiful, they tasted perfectly beautiful.  If you’re familiar with the process of using a candy thermometer, this isn’t too hard of a task, but is a little messy.

I used a combination of a couple of recipes I found… The first from Martha Stewart and the other from Gourmet. Below is the method/temperatures that I found worked best.

Homemade Salted Caramels

1 cup heavy cream
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 teaspoon fleur de sel
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water


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Fabulous Find: Bequet Confections

While in Portland last weekend we visited a bunch of sweet shops and I came across these caramels that were really incredible and inexpensive at CacaoBequet Confections hand-crafts ten different flavors of soft caramels that literally melt-in-your-mouth!  My favorites were the

Celtic Sea Salt

and the Chipotle.

I am a sucker for good caramels and we tasted plenty while in Portland and these truly reigned supreme!

They are sold in a wide variety of sizes and packaging, but I think the 8oz bag (about 30 pieces) for $9.95 is a great deal and perfect hostess gift!  Best of all, they’re natural… no artificial colors, no artificial flavors and no preservatives.


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Fabulous Find: Vosges Haut -Chocolat

Today’s Fabulous Find is so fabulous I can’t even tell you! Now before you scroll right over what you think is disgusting, think about this… if you love chocolate and you love bacon, what could be better than the salty smoky flavors of bacon in chocolate and isn’t everything better with bacon?

Vosges Haut-Chocolat comes up with some of the most exquisite flavor combinations imaginable.  From exotic chocolate chips to truffles to salted caramels, their sweets are infused with spices, herbs and even flowers.  Our favorite product remains their Mo’s Bacon Bar!  With crispy pieces of bacon each bite, it doesn’t get much better than this.  And for a limited time, enter offer code 285PC31 when ordering to get 10% off your first order!

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