Thick Dark Chocolate Chestnut Praline Hot Cocoa


Thick Dark Chocolate Chestnut Praline Hot Cocoa

4 cups milk, whole or 2%
3 tbsp Ghiradelli unsweetened cocoa
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla

1-2 tbsp Torani Chestnut Praline Syrup

*Vanilla Whipped Cream

In a large measuring cup or bowl, whisk together 1 cup if the milk and the cornstarch until it dissolves. Set aside.

In a medium sized saucepan, whisk together remaining milk, sugar, and cocoa. Over medium high heat bring to a simmer, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Using a thin stream, slowly whisk in milk cornstarch mixture. Bring to a low simmer and cook while stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in Praline syrup and vanilla. Stir to cool slightly. Pour into cups and serve with a spoonful of cream.

Makes 4 servings

Recipe by Amy Richardson

*Recipe can be found on http://www.greattastebuds.wordpress.com

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Spooky Sparkly Spritz Cookies


These tasty little melt in your mouth cookies will have your little spooks craving for more! ~Amy

Spooky Sparkly Spritz Cookies

Cookies:
1 cup butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup corn starch

1 1/4 cups flour
Frosting

Large crystal sugar, black and silver

Heat oven to 350 degrees
With an electric mixer, beat butter. Add powdered sugar and beat again, scraping down the sides as necessary. Add vanilla, and mix thoroughly. Add cornstarch and flour, and mix on low. Blend well.
Place dough into cookie press and press close together onto cookie sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Glaze with frosting and sprinkle with crystal sugar while still warm.

Vanilla Frosting:

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

4 cups powdered sugar

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla
With an electric mixer, beat butter and 2 cups of the sugar until smooth.

Add vanilla, beat on high. Add remaining sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
To ice, thin if desired with a teaspoon or so of milk, or water to desired consistency.

Recipes by Amy Richardson

Monster Mocktails



These spooky sippers are sure to give a sweet little scare to party goers of all ages! ~Amy

Monster Mocktails

~The Cransylvania Twist~

Cranberry Juice

Strawberry SOBe

Red Gatorade

Crushed Ice

Black sugar

Black and white striped Straws

Glasses

Karo syrup

To make drink, lightly go around the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into black sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Layers will separate and the black sugar from rim will give it a cool effect. Add straw and serve.

 

~The Yummy Mummy~

 

SOBe Piña Colada

White Gatorade

Sprite

Crushed ice

White sugar

Striped straw

Dry ice

Glasses

Karo syrup

To make drink, lightly go around the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into white sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Add a small piece of dry ice, it will give it a cool effect. Add straw and serve. ( Let the dry ice evaporate before consuming.)

 

~The Dirty Werewolf~

 

Cream Soda

Diet Root beer or

Diet Coke

Coconut foam*

Crushed ice

Raw sugar

Karo syrup

Glasses

To make drink, lightly go around the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into raw sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Layers will separate, top with coconut foam. Add straw and serve.
* to make coconut foam, whip 1 cup whipping cream with 1 tablespoon Coconut Syrup or 1/4 cup confectioners sugar and 1/2 tsp coconut extract

 

~The Creepy Colada~

SOBe Piña Colada with added neon green food coloring to desired color
Green Gatorade

Key Lime Soda

Crushed Ice

Green rock candy swizzle stick

Purple sugar

Karo syrup

Glasses

To make drink, lightly go around the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into purple sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Layers will separate and it will give it a cool effect. Add straw and serve with swizzle stick.

Recipes by Amy Richardson

~An Elegant Fondue Party for Six~ “Autumn Evening in Vermont”


What a beautiful time of the year, the leaves turning, and a crispness in the air. A perfect setting for an intimate gathering, with the ever wonderful cheese fondue as the centerpiece! Enjoy this easy and delightful menu, as you gather together for conversation, a little music, and a fall themed fondue!

Each guest will feel special with these beautiful little hand written place markers, set with a ribbon tied skewer.

With a beautiful piece of marble as your serving station, you can place any assortment of fruit, bread, meat, or what ever you like directly on the marble. It keeps it chilled and looks spectacular.

Happy entertaining! ~Amy

~An Elegant Fondue Party for Six~
“Autumn Evening in Vermont”

Party Menu:

Honey Cider, Vermont Cheddar Cheese Fondue:

1 cup Honey Crisp Cider, or other pressed apple Cider
2 tsp honey

1/2 pound Vermont white cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 pound Jarlsburg cheese, grated
2 tbsp cornstarch

Heat cider over medium high heat in a fondue pot to a boil.
Add honey.
Toss together cheese and cornstarch.
Decrease the heat to low and add cheese mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time, stirring until melted after each addition. Serve immediately.

Makes about 3 cups

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Fruit:
Small apples, Honey Crisp, Gala, Granny Smith, or other firm apples, sliced
Small pears, Red, Anjou, and Bartlett, sliced
Seedless, Black, Red, and Green Grapes

Meat:
Honey Maple Ham, in pieces
Chicken Apple sausages, warmed and sliced

Assorted Artisan Breads:
Sweet Potato and Pecan, Rosemary Olive Oil, cut into pieces and lightly toasted. Tear away french baguettes.

Drinks:
Sparkling Spiced Cider, R.W. Knudsen

Desserts:
Maple Glazed Pumpkin Cream Cheese Twists*
Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt Caramel, Creme Brûlée!*
Apple Pie Spice, White Chocolate Pizzelle Cookies*

Product info:
Swissmar Lausanne Copper Fondue Pot:
Crate and Barrel: $120.00
https://m.crateandbarrel.com
Bed Bath and Beyond:
https://m.bedbathandbeyond.com/m/product/swissmar-reg-lausanne-11-piece-copper-fondue-set/1014727353

Marble slab and name tiles:
Contempo SLC
3732 South 300 West
Salt Lake City, Ut
84115

*Additional recipes can be found on
http://www.greattastebuds.wordpress.com

By Amy Richardson

Vanilla Cream Mint Julep


Still feeling the heat?! Cool down and relax with my twist on this southern Kentucky Derby Classic! It’s SO GOOD! ~Amy

Vanilla Cream Mint Julep

2-3 sprigs fresh mint
2 oz Torani Vanilla syrup
Club soda
Half and half
Crushed ice

Additional mint leaves for garnish

Place leaves in the bottom glass, add syrup and muddle leaves. Full glass with crushed ice and pour club soda over the top, add a splash of cream. Stir until glass becomes frosty. Garnish with mint and relax!

Recipe by Amy Richardson

End of Summer Fruit Stand Pie Party!


You’re pie party is just a few steps away! The perfect end of summer party for everyone!~Amy


End of Summer Fruit Stand Pie Party!

Party menu:

Homemade Pie Preserves:
Fresh Peach and Lemon Verbena*
Fresh Strawberry, Raspberry, and Rhubarb*
Fresh Blackberry, Blueberry, and Basil*
Bourbon Vanilla Custard*

Fresh Fruit:
Sliced Peaches, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries

Sugared Pastry Toppers, recipe follows

Brown Sugar Oatmeal Butter Crumble, recipe follows

Brown Sugar Whipped Cream*

Sugared Puff Pastry Toppers:
Heat oven to 400 degrees
I package purchased puff pastry
Egg + 1 tbsp water beaten
Crystal sugar

Cut each sheet into 9 Squares. Place on parchment lined sheet, brush with egg wash, and sprinkle with sugar. Bake until golden brown 12-14 minutes. Cool.

Sugared Pie Crust Toppers:
Heat oven to 400 degrees
I recipe pie dough, homemade or purchased
2-3 tbsp milk or cream
Crystal sugar

Cut into desired shapes. Place on parchment lined sheet, brush with milk or cream and sprinkle with sugar. Bake until golden brown 12-14 minutes. Cool.

Brown Sugar Oatmeal Butter Crumble:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 brown sugar
1/4 tsp kosher salt
3/4 cup oatmeal
3/4 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a medium sized bowl stir together flour, sugars, salt and oatmeal. Cut butter into flour mixture until the mixture is crumbly and the butter is pea sized. Spread evenly onto parchment. Bake until golden brown. Or refrigerate until ready to use.

Entertaining Station:

Belham Living Winfield Potting Table
$180, http://www.hayneedle.com

Coral Coast Halstead Outdoor Wood Potting Bench
$250, hayneedle.com

*Recipes and can be found on my blog at http://www.greattastebuds.wordpress.com

Fresh Strawberry, Raspberry, Rhubarb, and Fresh Blackberry, Blueberry, Basil Pie Fillings!


My first love in the world of sweets was pie! Make your own delicious fresh fruit fillings! Perfect for a pie party, tarts, turnovers, pastries or just on a spoon! ~Amy

Fresh Strawberry, Raspberry, Rhubarb, and
Fresh Blackberry, Blueberry, Basil Pie Fillings!

Fresh Strawberry, Raspberry, and Rhubarb Pie Filling:

3 cups sliced strawberries
2 cups raspberries
1 cup sliced rhubarb
1 tbsp lemon juice
Zest of 1 orange

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
Dash of salt

In a large bowl toss fruit with lemon juice and zest. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and salt.

Pour over fruit and stir until well blended.

Cooked method:
Pour into medium sized saucepan and cook over medium heat until bubbly and thickened, and fruit is tender. Pour into a sterilized 1 quart jar, clean rim, seal with lid and water process.

Freezer method:
Pour mixed contents into a one gallon freezer bag. And place flat to freeze.
When ready to use defrost and place into prepared crust. Bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour or until crust is lightly brown and filling is bubbly.

Makes 1 Quart

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Fresh Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry and Basil Pie Filling:

6 cups berries
1 tbsp lemon juice
Zest of 1 lime
2 leaves purple basil, or regular basil snipped

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
Dash of salt

In a large bowl toss berries with lemon juice, snipped leaves, and zest. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and salt.

Pour over fruit and stir until well blended.

Cooked method:
Pour into medium sized saucepan and cook over medium heat until bubbly and thickened. Pour into a sterilized 1 quart jar, clean rim, seal with lid and water process.

Freezer method:
Pour mixed contents into a one gallon freezer bag. And place flat to freeze.
When ready to use defrost and place into prepared crust. Bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour or until crust is lightly brown and filling is bubbly.

Makes 1 Quart

Recipe by Amy Richardson