Wine of the Week-Cooper & Thief

This wine is so good!  The bottle caught my eye because it is short and stocky like a whisky bottle, which makes sense because this wine is actually aged in bourbon whiskey barrels.

A California wine from 2014, this is a wonderfully rich, jammy red that has a hint of bourbon flavor.

Open a bottle and enjoy on it’s own or with a pizza for dinner.

Wine of the Week-Turkovich The Boss Red Blend

One of my Aunt’s that lives in California sent this wine to me and it is one of my favorites.

This 2014 bottle is a mix of Syrah, Petite Verdot, Tannat, Malbec, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

I served this with grilled flank steak and roasted potatoes and it was a perfect match.

It’s a new year, try a new wine!

Treat Tuesday-Chocolate Buttermilk Pudding

Treat Tuesday is back!  Not that I didn’t bake up a storm in December but I wasn’t organized to post all the Christmas goodies.  So Happy New Year with a nice, rich pudding.  I know.  New Year’s Resolutions probably don’t include pudding.  But it’s the first Tuesday after holiday break, so give yourself a little treat after struggling to get back into a routine.

This recipe is so good!  Start with some sugar, cocoa, and cornstarch.

Add a nice thick buttermilk.
(By the way, these basic measuring cups are my favorite liquid measures.)

Next mix some heavy cream, egg yolks, and an egg together.

Slowly stream the cream into the buttermilk mixture and bring to a boil, stirring until the pudding becomes thick.

Add chopped semi-sweet chocolate and whisk until melted.  Pour into a bowl.

Seal the bowl with plastic wrap, pressing the wrap directly onto the pudding to keep a skin from forming on top of the pudding.

This beats a plastic pudding cup from the grocery store.  The flavor is buttermilk pie meets chocolate.  If you are going to cheat a little, make it worth it!

CHOCOLATE BUTTERMILK PUDDING

Treat Tuesday-Checkboard Spice Cake

img_1862So you might be thinking of hitting the liquor cabinet as you watch the election results, or perhaps you are a house divided and you are wondering how to navigate the evening.  Never fear, this cake with a mug of tea, is just the answer as you curl up on the sofa and ponder the idea of maybe turning on Netflix…

img_1850Start with a basic cake batter, then divide it into two bowls.

img_1852Leave one alone and add spices and molasses to the other batter and mix well.

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img_1855Now for the fun part (because you could probably use some fun in your life right now!), alternate tablespoons of batter into your loaf pan.

img_1856The batter will start to settle and you can see the marbling taking place even before you put the cake in the oven.

img_1870Pop it in to bake for an hour and the smell of this cake will immediately turn your thoughts to roaring fireplaces and sugar plums dancing in your head to take the place of things such as illegal emails and unpaid taxes.

It’s probably easier to bake this cake then move to Canada.  Just sayin…

CHECKERBOARD SPICE CAKE