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MAY 2010 NEWSLETTER

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Remember what you did that one time...some chocolate may be in order!

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Mother's Day Shoes
REMEMBER YOUR MOTHER!

What to get Mom...what to get Mom...let's see, the Britney Spears perfume I gave her last year may have missed the mark and I know the fishing tackle from the year before is still TAB Barsin the garage. Got to think! Clothes are difficult, I don't know her sizes and what if she doesn't like my selections? Power tools? She's out of that phase now! Dashed, I'm running out of time. Wait a minute, chocolate! My girlfriend certainly loved the box I sent from Woodhouse for Valentine's Day. This will work, no sizes to worry about, no fashion issues, no Britney, just Mom and the delicious chocolate I know she loves. This commercial minute brought to you by...but, the truth is Moms do love chocolate. Caramels BoxIt's a no brainer and we make choosing easy with our traditional line or our special Mother's Day offerings. Let us introduce our new TAB bar, short for Toffee Almond Butter Bars (above). A milk shell with an outrageous blend of toffee, toasted almonds and a milk chocolate/almond butter Gianduja packed in the middle. We then generously coat the top with toasted almonds. Wow, I LOVE MOMwait until you try one! We have miniature, hand decorated shoes available by the pair in dark chocolate, milk and white (at top). We also have a larger box of everyone's favorite Caramels with Fleur de Sel, now in a 20 piece signature blue box (above). On the website and especially in the store you will find other delectables for Mom to celebrate her special day in fine style. This year's Mother's Day Box is makes for an easy way to say I Love You, and of course there is always I LOVE MOM, a lemon-lavender heart with four pieces of dark chocolate ganache, oh, and a perfect message too. Happy Mother's Day!

John and Tracy Wood Anderson

Stag's Leap

This month we take you to one of the oldest wineries in the valley, Stag's Leap Winery. There has always been a little confusion because there are two Stags Leap wine producers in Napa, the one we speak of today, "the winery" and the better known Stags Leap Wine Cellars. Also notice one has an apostrophe and one doesn't. Years of law suits were settled by the addition of that apostrophe, but I digress. Stag's Leap Winery was founded in 1892 with caves and a gorgeous manor house. It was a spa to the rich and sometimes infamous in the 1920's and the facility remains today. One can graciously recall an earlier time by arranging a tasting on the manor house's beautiful porch. They make a full range of wines, but being in the the Stags Leap District, they are particularly known for their reds. We tried the 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($49), and found the nose to exhibit notes of blackberry cedar and black pepper. The palate was very round with flavors of black cherry, cassis blackberry and cocoa nib. The wine was velvety with dry tanins, but did it like Woodhouse Chocolate? Well, it loves Caramel Mousse (brings out the fruit and velvety character), Pecan Caramel (concentrates caramel in chocolate and smooths wine), Wild Cherry (brings out intense spice, fruit and a fennel character) and Honey. Also good were Thai Ginger, Mocha, Rum Raisin, Bananas Foster, Espresso and Pistachio. Definitely a winery that should be on your list if it's not already; they make consistently high quality wines.
www.Stagsleap.com

 


FRESH CORN MUFFINS WITH CHOCOLATE BUTTER

 

Makes16 muffins

. Mother's Day starts the minute Mom wakes up. What better way could there be to start her day than with some warm muffins slathered in butter? Fresh corn muffins with chocolate butter more than fit the bill. I know it seems early for corn, but our markets are already stocking some pretty good ears, and it's always time for chocolate, so you are good to go on this one. It is a lovely and sophisticated change from the daily bran muffin!

Corn Muffins

Fresh Corn Muffins:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 cup milk (I use 2%, but whole is good too)
2 ears white corn, shucked and kernels removed with a knife (or you can cheat and use 1 1/2 cups frozen)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cream together butter and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time and mix thoroughly. In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Add this to the butter mixture alternately with the milk (about three additions of dry and two of milk). Mix until just combined. Stir in the corn. Fill GENEROUSLY buttered muffin tins about 2/3 full. Bake 20-25 minutes, until the tops are a nice golden brown and pop back up when poked gently with your finger. Best served warm, but not bad at room temperature either. (I also make this as cornbread in larger pyrex baking pans, but I gild the lily by pouring some cream over the batter before baking, then pouring melted butter over the top after it's baked. Then everyone goes for a little jog....)

Chocolate Butter

1 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
4 ozs. butter, softened

Mix the chocolate in the butter. Put in a pretty pot, or form into a log, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate. When firm, unwrap and slice into rounds. Serve with warm muffins.

 

Meadowood

Meadowood is a resort/club on the Silverado Trail directly east of St. Helena with which many of you may not be familiar. Even if you have stayed there you may not have taken of advantage of the restaurant we've come to talk about. Remember, while Meadowood is a resort and club, it's restaurants are open to all. The guard at the gate is very friendly and will wave you through to the dining facility which is up a road near check in. Call ahead at (707)963-3646 ex.307. Meadowood is a two restaurant facility, The Restaurant with its two Michelin stars is a superb night out worthy of its acclaim, but we've come to talk about the other place, The Grill. Located above the 1st tee of the golf course, The Grill has a view as good as its food. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and with a full bar, The Grill has a an extremely comfortably dining room, but best of all are days/evenings when you can sit out on their patio overlooking the golf course. It really is one of the very best restaurant views in the valley. Having dined there a dozen or more times we've had most of the menu and can report that we have yet to be disappointed. Their Curry-Scented Fried Calamari is the best in the Valley, the Crispy Duck Spring Rolls are also wonderful. At lunch we often get the Asian Chicken Salad, Grilled Vegetable Sandwich, Tuna Nicoise or Meadowood Burger. Last night at dinner Tracy and I had Tuna Tartar, Arugula Salad, Bouillabaisse and Crisp Moulard Duck Breast. Tracy's Bouillabaisse was non-traditional with a thickened sauce rich with roasted red bell pepper. A piece of sturgeon with a salty crispy skin was a particularly delicious addition to the mussels, shrimp and squid. My duck was perfect with deliciously crispy skin and rich flavor. Perhaps the standout though was the accompanying sauteed brussels sprouts on a carrot puree. Wow! We already have reservations for Mother's Day.
www.meadowood.com

   
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