A Must Have For Caesar Lovers!!!

August 12, 2012

As a new staff member and customer at the wonderful Kitchen Boutique this Trudeau 2-In-1 Glass Rimmer was one of the first things that caught my eye and was an immediate must have!                                                                                                        

This 2-In-1 Glass Rimmer is perfect in all ways: a deep rimmer, allowing you to rim any size glass with your favorite mix, (mine is Montreal Steak Spice and celery salt) as well as an integrated juicer.  In the past I have used two separate saucers, one with my steak spice mix and one with lime juice.  Now that I have this new glass rimmer, that, along with constantly refilling my lime juice and wasting my rim mix, is a thing of the past.  I can now serve Caesars to my friends that look as if they were prepared at the local pub, save my rim mix ( the rimmer snaps shut for easy storage!!!) and never worry about refilling my silly saucer of lime juice!!! And if that all wasn’t enough to have me hooked, the reasonable price definitely was.  I am one happy Caesar drinker!

I will leave you with my favorite Caesar Recipe for your enjoyment:

THE CLASSIC CAESAR

1 1/2 oz Vodka

2 Dashes Worcestershire Sauce

1 Dash Tabasco Sauce (or more if you like it spicy like I do)

4 oz Clamato Juice

Mix of Montreal Steak Spice and Celery Salt to Rim Glass

Lime

Pickled Bean, Asparagus, Celery or a Pickle

Rim Highball Glass by first dipping in fresh squeezed lime juice, then steak spice and celery salt mix. Add ice, vodka,Worcestershire sauce, tabasco and  Clamato juice.  Stir,  garnish glass with a lime wedge and a pickled bean (or your choice of garnish).  Enjoy!

JNewms 🙂


Cake Pops – The Basics

March 16, 2012

Cake Pops!!

What are they, you ask? They are only the most delectable and cutest cake treats in bite-size form!! These adorable desserts are becoming the talk of the baking town but not all of us are sure of how to make them.  Have no fear, after you are done reading this, you too, can make creative and delicious cake pops!  I am going to give you the steps you need to make a basic cake pop.  Once you have the basics down, you can try many different shapes and designs and techniques.  Lets get started:

What you will need:

1 Box of Cake Mix (your choice)

1 Can of Frosting (your choice)

1lbs Wilton Candy Melts (any color/flavor you desire)

*I used two bags of Wilton Yellow Candy Melts for this demo*

Wax Paper

Cookie Sheet

1 Package of Lollipop Sticks

Decorations of your choice

Optional: (but helpful) Cookie scoop

Steps:

1. Bake cake according to directions in a 9×13″ baking pan.  After cooked, let cool completely.

2. Crumble cake (using your hands) into a large bowl.

3. Add a can of frosting to the crumbled mixture using the back of a large spoon to mix the icing into the cake mix. Add a few tablespoons at a time as to not over saturate the cake.  The consistency when the cake is ready should be similar to that of a ground beef mixture when making meatballs.

4. Once you are happy with the consistency, you can then use a spoon or a cookie scoop to measure out equal amounts of cake and roll using your hands, to make balls.

5. Place your rolled cake balls onto a wax covered cookie sheet and place in the fridge or a cool place for 10-15 minutes.

6. Once chilled, you can prepare your candy melts by microwaving in a microwave safe bowl. Make sure your bowl is not too deep as it will make it more difficult to keep your pops on their sticks.

7. Once your chocolate is melted, take your cake pops out of the fridge, and dip the end of each lollipop stick into the melted chocolate.  This will ensure the stick and cake ball stay together when rolling in the chocolate.

8. Once all your lollipop sticks have been put in all the cake pops, you must chill them for 5-10 more minutes. (Make sure to not let the cake pops get TOO cold. If they are too cold, they will crack the layer of chocolate once rolled.

9. After chilling for a few minutes, you may now dip your cake balls in your chocolate melts.  Use a spoon if you need to cover the top of the pop.  Once you have taken the pop out of the chocolate, tap the end of the lollipop stick gently to shake off any excess chocolate on the pop.

10.  If you prefer to have the cake pop fully round, you can insert the lollipop stick into a block of Styrofoam to hold it upright while it dries. For this demonstration, I have placed the cake pops directly upside down onto the wax paper.

11. Once your cake balls are all covered in chocolate, you can cool them for another 5-10 minutes.  Once they are cool, you are free to decorate them however you please! I choose to make little yellow baby chicks since Easter is on its way and so is SPRING!! I used the leftover melted chocolate to adhere the decorations to the pops.

For the cute baby chicks, I used Wilton’s Edible Candy Eyeballs for the eyes, mini gingerbread men sprinkles for the feet and 1/2 of a orange chocolate sunflower seed for the nose. The arms are made out of mini edible yellow chocolate sprinkles I had found in my pantry – but there are lots of different decorations you can use that look just as great.

I hope this helps many of you who have always wanted to make Cake Pops but didn’t know how. There are a few steps involved but the first bite makes every step worth it!!

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE

&

HAPPY CAKE-POPPING!!


Blancs de poulet a L’huile de Romarin Recipe

February 23, 2012

Blancs de Poulet a L’huile de Romarin Recipe:

Thank you to Melanie Busby – the winner of Canmore’s French Recipe Contest! Melanie won a Staub Casserole – worth $370 – Congratulations!

Huile de Romarin:

5oz Olive Oil

6 Sprigs of Rosemary

3 Garlic Cloves

Salt to Taste

Put all ingredients in a small pot, heat on low until it’s lukewarm and set aside for 15 minutes.

Poulet:

4 Chicken breasts (skinless)

4 Slices Prosciutto

41/2 oz of Pancetta

5oz of Ricotta

Salt & Pepper

Mix pancetta and ricotta to make a stuffing.  Cut a slice into each chicken breast and fill with stuffing.  Wrap each with a slice of prosciutto and place on a baking sheet.  Pour the huile de romarin over and salt and pepper to taste.  Bake at 400 degrees Fairenheit for 20 minutes.

Serve with roasted potatoes and a green salad.

Serves 4.

Bon Appetite:)

Cbreeze

 


Lampe Berger – Practical and Exquisite

December 5, 2011

Lampe Berger is the most amazing line in the store right now.  If you are looking for a unique and exquisite gift for someone who has everything – this is it.

  • Kills 67% of Air-born bacteria  – which means these are positively fantastic for destroying the bacteria that is passed around during cold/flu season.  They are also useful to get rid of cooking, smoking and pet odours!
  • Made by renowned designers
  • Looks beautiful on a mantel piece as a piece of art/decor when not in use.
  • Simple to use

Starter Sets are available from $40 which include a small bottle of neutral.

Cheers,

Cbreeze


Cochrane Gingerbread House Competition

November 25, 2010

Cat In The Hat Gingerbread House

Our Gingerbread House Competition that took place last Saturday was fantastic!  I could not believe the quality and the detail that so many of our competitors put into their houses!  Well done everyone!!! We had 13 entries and we gave out prizes for the first($500 Gift Certificate), second ($250 Gift Certificate) and the third ($100 Gift Certificate) place winners…

First Place Winner: Carey Thomson – “Cat in the Gingerbread Hat”

Second Place Winner: Amy Gaudet – “Mansion with the Green Roof”

Third Place Winner: Paige Korstrom – “Chateau de Paige”

Congratulations! CBreeze

GingerBread Contest Cochrane

Gingerbread Contest Cochrane


FREE Canada Flag Eco Bag

June 30, 2010

Canada RULES!!!GO CANADA GO!!!

We have these great little Eco Bags with Canada Flags on them… if you come by the store in Canmore on Canada Day from 1-6pm (after the parade) and mention that you checked out our blog… you can have one for FREE!  WOOT! WOOT!

Store Hours Today: 1pm-6pm in Canmore and 12pm-5pm in Cochrane.

Happy Canada Day!!!


Dancing Flower

May 14, 2010
bee happy Dancing Flower

Good, Clean, Solar-powered Fun!

We got these fabulous dancing flowers in new last week and everyone is CRAZY about them!   Due to their instant popularity, we’ve decided to feature them here for our blog readers… in case you’ve missed them in-store!

What a great gift idea for mom, grandma or a close friend!  What is really super about them is that  they won’t die out on you if you have a black thumb (like me).   They can travel easily and lightly if you are looking for a nice gift to take overseas… which is in fact what I’ll be doing next week – taking one of these for my fabulous mother-in-law who lives in England!

Available in either pink or blue.

Gotta get one… before we run out AGAIN!!!