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FEBRUARY 2010 NEWSLETTER

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I promise to love, honor and purchase Woodhouse Chocolate for all the appropriate holidays!

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ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE

Just as no relationship is the same, there are no two identical ways to say I Love You. The message delivered in an intimate moment alone in the dark bears no relation to the same shouted from the Jumbotron at the stadium in front of 100,000. What I'm getting at is choice; you should Claddagh, etc.be able to choose a little something unique this year to tell your love how you feel. We like to think that Woodhouse Chocolate is always special, but this Valentine's day we also give you a choice whether it be one of our traditional boxes, our Valentine's day basket, chocolate assortments or other goodies. We have two assortments only available at Valentine's Day, our Hearts and Domes Box and our Pink Polka Dot Heart Box. Hearts and Domes (above right) features three different filled Hearts and Passion Fruit Domes. The Heart box Lolliesis filled with eight different pieces including Caramels with Fleur de Sel, Hearts and Flowers and gooey Caramel Hearts. In addition to our assortments are charming six piece boxes of Irish Claddagh Truffles or Red Hearts in dark and milk chocolate filled with gooey caramel and a touch of Fleur de Sel. You might also choose Heart Lollipops, Kiss Me Lips, the Key to my Heart or many others. You get the picture, however you want to express your affection this Valentine's Day Woodhouse has the answer.

John and Tracy Wood Anderson

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Every month we preach the gospel of the careful pairing of chocolate and wine and each month we achieve some pretty exciting results. For Valentine's Day this year, we teamed with Cakebread Cellars to create a 24 piece box to complement a 3 bottle offering of their wonderful wines. Available on their site for $195, you receive a bottle each of Cabernet, Syrah and Zinfandel, a 24 piece box of Woodhouse and a list for correctly pairing the wines and chocolates. Now of course we can't leave you completely hanging, so as the say in movie reviews SPOILER ALERT! , We will talk about the delicious 2006 Cakebread Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($61) just in case you can't get the Valentine's offering. The Cab opens with aromas of brambles, blackberry, black cherry, tobacco and pepper. The palate is similar with strong tanins, plums, cedar and a little saltiness. It is a VERY good wine for chocolate with the Sur del Lago being the stand out (the fruit in the chocolate intertwining with the fruit of the wine and both ending in a creamy finish!). Other particularly strong combinations being Heart of Darkness, Gianduja and Quatre Epices (brings out a beautiful spiciness in the wine). Other good chocolates to try are the Fresh Mint, Praline Noisette, Toasted Coconut and Dark Passionfruit.
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Domes & Hearts

ORANGE SCENTED SHORTBREAD COOKIES

 

Makes 2 dozen

Since I really challenged you last time with a painfully long and involved recipe, I thought I would take pity on everyone and offer one that is short and sweet, but no less delicious. Crisp, buttery shortbread is one of my favorite things in the world, and if I weren't making chocolates, this would be it . I couldn't help throwing a little chocolate on top though! (That's completely optional.)

Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies :

1 cup butter (8 ozs.) The better the butter, the better the cookies. I particularly like Kerrygold salted.
1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
grated zest of 1/2 an orange (even this is optional - you could also get creative with spices, other citrus peel, dried fruit....)

Preheat the oven to 250 Fahrenheit. In the bowl of a stand mixer (this can be done by hand if you have to, but I prefer to let the mixer do the work), cream the butter and sugar. Add the orange zest, mix well, then add the flour. Mix until completely incorporated. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and form a ball. Flatten it out a little with your hands, then roll to 1/2-inch thick. This is much thicker than other cookies you may have made. Cut into whatever shape you would like with a metal cookie cutter, or just cut into squares with a knife. Put on a heavy bottomed parchment (or foil) lined cookie sheet and bake for about 90 minutes, until just turning brown on the bottom. If you wish to add chocolate to your creation, you can sprinkle chopped chocolate over the cookie 5 minutes out of the oven, when they are still warm enough to melt chocolate, but not blazing hot.(I gilded the lily a little more with flakes of gold leaf, or fleur de sel.) I also placed one of our solid chocolate hearts in the center of a few of them for an extra special Valentine treat. They are awfully good just as they are though.

VALENTINE'S DAY CALENDAR

2/12-2/14/2010 - Cakebread Cellars: Along with the offering at left, the winery is tasting three of their reds each with a Woodhouse Chocolate. www.cakebread.com

2/13-2/15/2010 - Freemark Abbey: Enjoy a tasting of their delicious Port with a sampling of two Woodhouse chocolates. www.freemarkabbey.com

February, 2010 - Ehlers Estate: Tasting four of their red wines each with a Woodhouse chocolate. www.ehlersestate.com

   
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