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Valentine, 2010 eNewsletter

by Sally Bernstein


We are getting ready for Valentine's Day at Sally's Place.
Need a gift suggestion? We offer chocolate candy, chocolate culinary travel, food, recipes, wine, flowers, heart kitchen items, and chocolate cookbooks. Read on...


~ Chocolate Candy ~sweet_tooth_chocolates

Sweet Tooth Candies
Some say owner Bob Schneider has chocolate running through his veins.  His handmade delicacies are a delight.  My favorites are the nut balls, each still made by hand.  But his boxes of chocolates are his mainstay and he had plenty of Valentine choices. Visit his Newport, Kentucky, retail shop, call to
order 877-581-5132 or shop online.

Lillie Belle Farms Handmade Chocolates

lavender_caramelMaster Chocolatier and owner Jeff Shepherd makes Artisan Chocolates in his shop in Central Point, Oregon.  His Lavender Sea Salt Caramels are divine and Jeff has a Chocolate of Month Club for 3, 6 or 12 months. Visit his shop in Central Point (about 4 ½ miles south of Portland), call to order 541-664-2815 or shop online.

La Tienda, The Best of Spain           

Rabitos Royale Dark Chocolate Fig Bonbons
Raquel and Señador Valero conceived of this extraordinary treat while living among the fig trees of a small village in southwestern Spain. They select tender young figs from the neighboring groves and fill them with a mousse made of dark chocolate and a hint of brandy. Each one is then hand dipped in even more rich dark chocolate! Finally each individual Rabito Bonbon is sealed in a foil envelope so that it will always taste as fresh as the day it was made. Call to order 800.710.4304 or shop

~ Chocolate Culinary Travel ~

Culinary Getaways

culinary_getawaysSherry Page of Culinary Getaways has a Napa Valley Getaway at the end of February (26th-28th). This Getaway includes a class on chocolate (from the cacao bean to the bar) and a tasting of chocolate (different origins of beans, different levels of cacao, different roasters, etc.).  Sherry is offering Sally's Place visitors a $100 discount. When you register, mention "Sally's Place" to get the reduced rate.


~ Food ~

Gourmet Sardinia       

culinary_getawaysSardinian Efisio Farris offers Gourmet Sardinia, 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 GourmetSardinia.com and using the code "Sallys15" during January & February to receive a 15% discount off your order.  Gourmet Sardinia has just received the 2009-2010 Novello organic olive oil. It is raw, unfiltered, luscious, and green. It is in limited quantity and the bottles are numbered; $28.50. Call to order 713-621-6858 or order online.

Dave's Six Gourmet Salts
Handmade chocolates are the perfect gift for your Valentine.  Enhance the subtle notes of your creations with a few grains of exotic salt from Dave's Six Gourmet Salts as a garnish.  It's a flavor pairing made in heaven. Order online.

Crummy Brothers Cookies

New All-Natural Bite-Size chocolate chip cookies are coming our way.  These are "mini" cookies which contain the highest quality, all-natural ingredients (including real butter and premium dark chocolate) and are packaged in a 2.25 oz. resealable pouch.  Crummy Brothers Cookies are a decidedly grown-up delicacy, with depth, character, and the highest quality ingredients.


~ Valentine Recipes ~


Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Chocolate & Cherry Bread Pudding


Les Truffles au Chocolate


~ Wine ~

Schramsberg Vineyards

Schramsberg Vineyards is offering Sally's Place visitors a 10% discount on all wine orders through March 31st, 2010. Use Code "Sally" to receive 10% off your entire order. Schramsberg's sparkling wines can't be beat for quality!


~ Flowers ~

Flower Petal
Dining out this Valentine's Day?  The ultimate romantic gesture is having flowers delivered to the restaurant.  FlowerPetal.com specializes in this restaurant service.


~ Heart Kitchen Items ~

SiliconeZone Heart Pancake/Egg Mold, Red

Kaiser Bakeware Heart Cookie Cutter

Le Creuset Stoneware Heart Ramekin with Cover, Red

Martha Stewart 2-Piece Heart Apron and Oven Mitt Set


~ Chocolate Cookbooks ~


Chocolate for Breakfast: Entertaining Menus to Start the Day with a Celebration, from Napa Valley's Oak Knoll Inn, by owner and chocolate connoisseur Barbara Passino. Menus with a chocolate twist inspired from cultures around the world are presented, including Italian, French, Asian, Moroccan, Spanish and American, as well as some fun surprises such as breakfast ideas for Valentines Day, the secret to making a perfect bed (who says breakfast has to be at the table?), a Chocolate-y proposal and a lot more.


Bite-Size Desserts: Creating Mini Sweet Treats, from Cupcakes and Cobblers to Custards and Cookies, by Carole Bloom, showcases 87 recipes created for home bakers who want small desserts with big flavors. The color photos will make your mouth water! Think cakes, cupcakes, scones, shortcakes, muffins, pastries, tartlets, turnovers, galettes, cobblers, crisps, custards, mousses, puddings, cookies, ice creams, and sorbets.


The Chocolate Therapist, a delicious book by Julie Pech, is a user's guide to the extraordinary health benefits of chocolate. The book is entertaining and also offers remedies for a world of ailments. Contact Julie through her website: thechocolatetherapist.com


Essence of Chocolate: Recipes for Baking and Cooking with Fine Chocolate, by Robert Steinberg & John Scharffenberger, Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker's founders and food writer Susie Heller, offers more than 100 recipes for a broad selection of delights.  Recipes include Chocolate Pudding Cakes, Chocolate Marbled Gingerbread, Cocoa Caramel Panna Cotta, and Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake, as well as savory edibles made with chocolate like Tortilla Soup and Chile-Marinated Flank Steak. This team is passionate about their chocolate and it shows!


Chocolate Obsession: Confections and Treats to Create and Savorby Michael Recchiuti & Fran Gage, is a must-have for chocolate lovers. Opening with a complete discussion of chocolate from bean to bar, the book goes on to offer detailed instructions for dipped chocolates, truffles, and molded chocolates, including Recchiuti's signature ganache flavors: Earl Grey tea, burnt caramel, tarragon with grapefruit. Also featured are over 60 recipes for such sinfully delicious treats as Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with Truffle Cream Filling, Double Dark Chocolate Soufflés, and Rocky Recchiuti Brownies.


The Ghirardelli Chocolate Cookbook: Recipes and History from America's Premier Chocolate Maker, by Ghiradelli Chocolate Company and Leigh Beisch, is a stylish revision of the classic cookbook from America's longest continually operating chocolate manufacturer.  This book includes more than 80 recipes, a primer on chocolate varieties and uses, and more than 25 full-color photographs.


Pure Dessert, by Alice Medrich, a three-time winner of the Best Cookbook of the Year award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, offers true flavors, inspiring ingredients and simple recipes. If you like eating seasonally and locally, you'll find plenty to enjoy in this delightful volume.

Happy Valentine's Day,

Sally Bernstein
Editor in Chief

Note: This information was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the businesses in question before making your plans.

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