Decadence!

my vintage valentines & “book of love” brownies

~Valentine Treat 6~ My vintage and antique valentines are featured in this weekend’s edition of The Rochester Post Bulletin! My friend, Sandy Erdman, wrote a great article! There was only enough room for two of the valentines to be pictured….soooo… I thought I’d share some of my other favorites here. and the following selections are…

Six Senses Saturday

~Hearing~ This gorgeous soundtrack from the beautiful movie Love in the Time of Cholera Love Hildebranda’s and this… Valentine playlist ~Seeing~ This romantic handkerchief coverlet ~Tasting~ Sweet & Salties Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line cookie sheet with heavy-duty foil. Grease foil. Cover tray with Saltine crackers… Mix 1 cup butter and 1 cup…

ten chocolate sweets for your sweetie

A Week of Valentine Treats ~Valentine Treat 2~ “But you have no chocolate! I think of that again and again! My dear, how will you ever manage?” ~Marquis De Sevigne (In circa 1677 letter to her daughter.) photograph by Jeffrey Placzek :: 10 Chocolate Sweets for your Sweetie :: Totally Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies Flourless…

Bacon & Chocolate Bites

~Bacon & Chocolate Bites~ Bake bacon in oven at 400 degrees until crispy (about 15 minutes…watch carefully for doneness.) Blot with a paper towel. Cool completely. Cut each strip into 3 pieces. Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips in microwave. Watch closely and remove when just melted. I only put the chips in for 15 seconds at…

Truffle & Black Pepper Scones

photographs by Melissa Placzek ~Truffle & Black Pepper Scones~ 5 cups all purpose flour 1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon sea salt 2 Tablespoons + 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 2 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese 2 and 1/2 Tablespoons freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon…

Seafood Chowder

photograph by Melissa Placzek “Only the pure of heart can make good soup.” ~Beethoven ~Seafood Chowder~ 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 celery stalks, coarsely chopped 1/2 green pepper, chopped 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped 4 small red potatoes, 3/4 inch cubes 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon white pepper 5 green onions +…

Candied Broccoli Salad

photograph by Melissa Placzek ~Candied Broccoli Salad~ Fry 1 lb honey-maple bacon until crisp. Blot with paper towels. Chop up bacon and set aside. In a big bowl, combine: 1 big bunch broccoli, chopped 1 cup sunflower seeds 1 heaping cup raisins 1/2 small onion, chopped fine 1 cup mayonnaise (lite, if you wish) 1/2…

Cooking With Wine~A Recipe Collection

“A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine.” ~ Anthelme Brillat-Savarin photograph by Melissa Placzek I’ve enjoyed cooking with wine pretty much since I started cooking. A splash or red wine in spaghetti sauce elevates the flavor from merely “good” to “fantastic.” Cooking with wine adds depth to your dishes. I was going…

Thai Honey-Chile Drummies

photograph by Melissa Placzek ~Thai Honey-Chile Drummies~ 4 lb chicken drummies or “drumette” wings 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup white wine 1 teaspoon crushed, red chile pepper 1/2 cup honey 2 Tablespoons soy or teriyaki sauce 2 scallions, thinly sliced Toss fresh or thawed chicken…