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January, 2010 eNewsletter

by Sally Bernstein

Happy New Year from Sally’s Place!

In this Issue:
What’s New | Sally’s Place Specials | New Articles | Sally Recommends | January Is

What’s New for 2010

The New Year is the time to try something new. If you’ve never tackled a soufflé, try our Soufflé au Grand Marnier and our Chocolate Soufflé. Once you understand the concept of a soufflé, you’ll be a pro in no time.

How about a new travel destination? Want to hunt for black truffles in the Rhone-Alpes region of France? Or adopt a truffle tree in Gascony, France? Read our article The Black Diamond of the Rhone-Alpes and visit Dick Pyle’s website Truffle Tree, to actually adopt a truffle oak tree of your very own in Gascony. Use Media Code "Sally" to receive a $30 discount.

And what can I say about wines, as there are so many to taste? As they say, “So many wines, so little time.” Visit our extensive wine section to learn something new this year.

It’s a New Year, so try something NEW!

The New Year is the perfect time to add to your cookbook collection with some new cuisines and new skills. Here are some of our very favorites:

  • Ad Hoc at Home, by Thomas Keller, was released in November and has received a lot of attention. I have eaten at Keller’s Ad Hoc restaurant in Yountville, California (down Washington Street from Keller’s The French Laundry) and know this book to be authentic. I enjoyed Ad Hoc’s Monday night Fried Chicken dinner and as that is in the book, it is worth the price of the book. Expect 200 recipes for family-style meals and American comfort-food classics.
  • Single Cookbook: With the success of the movie "Julie & Julia," the classic first volume of Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking made the New York Times best-seller list at No. 1.
  • Two Volume Set: Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2 Volume Set) by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, and Simone Beck, was released December 1, 2009.
  • #1 New York Times Bestseller (New York Times): The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl, by Ree Drummond, is a homespun collection of photography, rural stories, and scrumptious recipes that have defined Ree’s experience in the country. She shares many of the delicious cowboy-tested recipes she has learned to make during her years as an accidental ranch wife—including Rib-Eye Steak with Whiskey Cream Sauce, Lasagna, Fried Chicken, Patsy's Blackberry Cobbler, and Cinnamon Rolls.

Chinese New Year starts February 14th. This year is the Year of the Tiger. Sally’s Place has over 25 authentic Chinese recipes by Dorothy Huang, author of Dorothy Huang’s Chinese Cooking and Chinese Cuisine Made Simple. Enjoy Dorothy’s Pot-Stickers, Beef and Mushrooms in Hot Bean Sauce, Lemon Chicken and Sesame Wontons and click here to see the complete list of recipes.

And remember Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Our Sneak Preview of our February eNewsletter is CHOCOLATE. Yes, chocolate recipes, chocolate candy to purchase for your loved ones (or yourself), and chocolate recipes, such as: Banana Chocolate Chip Bread, Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes and Chocolate Crème Brûlée.

Sally’s Place also has complete chocolate sections where you can enjoy hundreds of recipes:

Here are a few links to stores where you can start studying your chocolate purchases: Newman’s Own Organics, Split Bean Coffee, and La Tienda.

Sally's Place Specials

Spoonful of Comfort Chicken Soup
Slurp up the homemade noodle goodness in this jar and you'll swear Mom made it (or send it to someone who is sick). One 64 oz. jar (4-6 servings) of Spoonful of Comfort Chicken Soup is gift packaged with an enclosed custom gift card! Original price: $32.00; Sally's Place January special: $25.60; www.spoonfulofcomfort.com; enter code Sally20 at checkout.

Since 1988 restaurateur Efisio Farris has represented his Sardinian Heritage in America with his restaurants Arcodoro & Pomodoro in Texas. He created GourmetSardinia, a line of artisanal Sardinian products, to share the flavors and the essence of this rustic and timeless island. Start a Sardinian pantry in your home today by visiting Picnic-Basket.com 

The "Eco Picnic Basket" for two is made from 100% natural & renewable resources.  The handcrafted willow basket neatly holds bamboo plates, a cutting board and eating utensils along with dye and chemical free lining and napkins. Picnic-Basket.com is offering a 20% discount at checkout with code sallysplace and is valid 1/1/10 - 1/31/10.


New Articles


  • Cooking with an Italian Accent: Mackerel Fest, Sicilian Style, by Toni Lydecker, shares a Sicilian recipe for poaching mackerel in olive oil fragrant with rosemary, bay leaves, garlic and peppercorn.

  • Cold Weather: Need a New Soup Recipe? Jazz Soup: Foster Church, who seldom uses a recipe for soup a second time, rummaged through his freezer to come up with Jazz Soup.



Sally Recommends

Dave's Gourmet Wraps Up a Record 2009
While times are tough for many companies Dave's Gourmet grew quickly in 2009 based upon their heirloom pasta sauces.  These include their Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce, which won the gold trophy for outstanding pasta sauce in the specialty food industry.  Never resting, Dave's R&D kitchen has been busy getting some delicious, innovative new sauces ready to be released in 2010.

Schramsberg Vineyards is offering Sally’s Place visitors a 10% discount off of your entire order. This offer is effective from January 1, 2010 to March 31, 2010 by using online coupon code "Sally." Visit our website for more information.

Plan Ahead for 2010: The International Association of Culinary Professionals 32nd Annual Conference will be held in Portland, Oregon, April 21-24.

January Is

Hot Tea Month; National Oatmeal Month; National Soup Month; National Staying Healthy Month; Prune Breakfast Month; Coffee Gourmet Month (International); Diet Month, Fat-Free Living Month, Lose Weight & Feel Great Month; and California Dried Plum Digestive Month

January 1: New Year's Day
January 2: Drinking Straw patented in 1888
January 3: Fruitcake Toss Day; National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
January 6: Bean Day
January 8: National English Toffee Day
January 9: National Apricot Day
January 10: Milk Day: milk delivered in bottles for the first time in 1878
January 16: Hot and Spicy Food International Day
January 17 & 18: Hot Heads Chili Days
January 18: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day  (born in 1929)
January 19: National Popcorn Day
January 20: National Buttercrunch Day; Cheese Day
January 22: National Blonde Brownie Day
January 23: National Pie Day
January 24: Beer Can Appreciation Day; Eskimo Pie patented by Christian Nelson in 1922
January 26: National Peanut Brittle Day
January 27: Chocolate Cake Day
January 29: National Cornchip Day

Happy January,

Sally Bernstein
Editor in Chief

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