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MAY 2011 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 Box
I REMEMBER MAMA!

Who is more important in your life than your Mother? Well, I suppose there is your Father, but your Mother did give birth to you and depending on howMother's Day Shoeslabor went there are lots of points there. Skinned knees, probably points for Mom. Broken hearts, Mom with likely some help from Dad. Learning to ride a bike; could be either. In my case my sisters simply pushed me down our steep driveway until I either learned or bled out. College, now that's usually Dad's department.I LOVE MOMWhen my wife's sister asked their father which of them he liked better he responded, "Ask me which of my fingers I like more. I love you both equally." And I'm sure that's how we all feel about our parents, But, on May 8th, you better give the nod to Mom because it's her day, Dad will get his in June. Now, what to get Mom to show her how much you appreciate all she has done for you can be a thorny issue; the choices are limitless.LadybugBut, whether she's new to this Mom thing or an old hand, very few will not swoon for a gift of Woodhouse Chocolate. We of course have all of our traditional items to please her palate, but on her special day we offer some unique items just for her. Our I LOVE MOM box carries just the right sentiment while delivering the chocolate goodness a Mother needs. Miniature handmade shoes guaranteed to fit no one are all the rage this year and come in three bold fashion colors. Every mother needs luck to to go along with skill and guile and ladybugs are just the ticket (edible too!). Combining the traditional and the new is our Mother's Day Heart Box with it's decorated hearts bursting with citrus and fruit flavors. And the piece de resistance is our Mother's Day Box containing all of Mom's favorites. Now let's talk about who's going to be the favorite child on May 9th?! Happy Mother's Day!

John and Tracy Wood Anderson

Chester's Anvil

When we choose a wine to review we usually rely on wines and wineries with which we are well familiar. This month we marched down to St. Helena Wine Center, said give us a great Viognier we know nothing about and they handed us Chester's Anvil. Great find! 50% Viognier/50% Marsanne blend that knocked our socks off and only $30 to boot! But who were these Lagier Meredith Pott people? Well as it says, it's a joint venture of two small wineries making just a few cases of some beautiful wines: Lagier Meredith Winery and Pott Winery. We tasted their 2009 Gretna Green from Stagecoach Vineyard and found the nose to be redolent of vanilla, clove, honey, pineapple and apricot with a palate that answers with dried apricot, clove and a surprisingly dry finish. Its chocolate pairing abilities were surprising as well: the Honey was a show stopper, followed by Fiori de Sicilia, Praline Cream, Bananas Foster and Wild Cherry. Other good matches were Cinnamon, both Passionfruits, the Thai Ginger and the Praline Noisette. You won't be able to find the wine locally, but they sell on their website and the St. Helena Wine Center ships. As for us not knowing the winemakers - it turns out that we have known the Potts for over 10 years: small world.
www.chestersanvil.com

 


Mother's Day Peanut Butter Cups

CHOCOLATE STUDDED SCONES WITH ORANGE HONEY BUTTER

 

Makes16-18 Scones

. Tea and scones - what a lovely way to spoil your mother on Mother's Day. All this royal wedding business puts me in a tea party mood and Mother's Day is the perfect time to demand (I mean request) one. There is nothing more civilized and feminine than getting out the best china and having a spot of tea. It's not a proper tea without scones, and these are extra special. Studded with rich chocolate and accompanied by a bright orange honey butter, you won't need anything else (except perhaps some cucumber sandwiches). So, make Mom some scones. She will love you forever.

Chocolate Scones

For the Scones:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling on top
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
4 ozs. butter

1 egg
1/3 cup buttermilk, plus more for brushing on top
3-4 ozs. 64% dark chocolate (or any other good quality dark chocolate), coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut the butter into small pieces, then put in the bowl with the dry ingredients. With your fingers, rub the butter into the the flour. Keep working at it until the butter is fully rubbed in and the mixture resembles cornmeal. Mix in the chopped chocolate. In another small bowl, beat the egg with a whisk, add the buttermilk and beat together. Pour this over the flour mixture and mix with a fork. Mix until it just comes together. If you can't get it to come together in a thick dough, add another tablespoon of buttermilk. Form it into a ball with your hands.
On a floured surface, roll or pat the dough out to no less than one inch thick. With a two-inch round biscuit cutter, cut out as many scones as you can. Push the extra dough back together, working as little and as lightly as possible, pat out again and cut out more scones. Repeat this process only twice as the more you work your dough the tougher the scone. Put the scones on a parchment paper lined baking sheet (the thicker the baking sheet, the better). Brush lightly with buttermilk and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 10-14 minutes (it all depends on your oven, my oven at the shop takes 14 minutes, my oven at home closer to 10). They should be starting to turn golden brown on top. Serve warm or at room temperature. These are delicate little things and are really only great for one day, good for two days, but if you want any more than that, you have got to put them in the freezer then refresh in the oven just before serving.

Orange Honey Butter

4 ozs. butter, softened
1 Tablespoon honey
grated zest of 1/2 and orange

Combine in a mixer bowl and whip until light and fluffy.

Serve the scones warm, or at room temperature with a pot of this yummy orange honey butter - oh, and don't forget the tea!

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