sacramento connect » Food & Wine http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com sacramento blogs & community news around sacramento california Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:50:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Dark Chocolate Gingerbread Truffles http://j.mp/1zyhLc7 http://j.mp/1zyhLc7#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:08:28 +0000 http://amyshealthybaking.com/?p=11855 {continue reading}]]> http://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2014/12/18/dark-chocolate-gingerbread-truffles/feed/ 0 Dining News: Why The Cultured & The Cured Closed http://j.mp/1AsvnDT http://j.mp/1AsvnDT#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:25:50 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=c18f7967932c445f73f6cdd038aa27a7 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2014/12/17/dining-news-why-the-cultured-the-cured-closed/feed/ 0 Soft Spiced Molasses Cookies http://j.mp/1AsmJ8o http://j.mp/1AsmJ8o#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:19:04 +0000 http://www.52kitchenadventures.com/?p=15390 http://www.52kitchenadventures.com/2014/12/17/soft-spiced-molasses-cookies/feed/ 0 12 Beers of Christmas at zpizza http://j.mp/1zxFfgl http://j.mp/1zxFfgl#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:56:16 +0000 http://sacfoodies.com/?p=18138 http://sacfoodies.com/2014/12/12-beers-of-christmas-at-zpizza/feed/ 0 12 Beers of Christmas at zpizza http://j.mp/1zxFfgl http://j.mp/1zxFfgl#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:56:16 +0000 http://sacfoodies.com/?p=18138 http://sacfoodies.com/2014/12/12-beers-of-christmas-at-zpizza/feed/ 0 The Dollar-Wise Gourmet: Year in Review: Five Best Finds of 2014 http://j.mp/1GQL6yH http://j.mp/1GQL6yH#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:10:29 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=312ea78c30481cfab622027e528dfc92 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2014/12/17/the-dollar-wise-gourmet-year-in-review-five-best-finds-of-2014/feed/ 0 12 Days of Christmas Picks for the Food and Wine Lover: Domaine Chandon’s Limited Edition Blanc de Noirs, Holiday 2014 http://j.mp/1GsEJDn http://j.mp/1GsEJDn#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:50:52 +0000 http://cavegrrl.com/?p=5195 ]]> http://cavegrrl.com/2014/12/17/12-days-of-christmas-picks-for-the-food-and-wine-lover-domaine-chandons-limited-edition-blanc-de-noirs-holiday-2014/feed/ 0 Easy Almond Roca http://j.mp/1wYYOAm http://j.mp/1wYYOAm#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:11:24 +0000 http://sweetbakedlife.com/?p=3978 Continue reading ]]> http://sweetbakedlife.com/2014/12/17/easy-almond-roca/feed/ 0 DIY Gift Card Snow Globe http://j.mp/1wYX0Y6 http://j.mp/1wYX0Y6#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:00:36 +0000 http://bakedbree.com/?p=16052 I originally made this snow globe for The Creative Mama in 2010. I get questions about it every year, so I figured it was time to update the pictures. I think that my daughter was 4 in that picture? And now she is in 3rd grade, how time flies. (And I bow down to the all-mighty power of Pinterest.) [...]

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecakes http://j.mp/1sE9GSA http://j.mp/1sE9GSA#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:00:03 +0000 http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=10631 ….because cheesecake is better with chocolate chip cookies and PHILADELPHIA cream cheese. The end. Does anyone else have this problem? You realize the holidays are coming and you have lots of people make treats for as gifts. You make a list: Mom:  candy Mother-in-law: fudge Sister-in-law: something lemon Husband: toffee bark Jordan: sugar cookies Then […]

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Dining News: Early Thoughts on South http://j.mp/1AE435B http://j.mp/1AE435B#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:20:47 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=21102b3b6bc32edc3cf85443eb7b4410 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2014/12/16/dining-news-early-thoughts-on-south/feed/ 0 Triple Chocolate Cookies http://j.mp/1DKEzt8 http://j.mp/1DKEzt8#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:17:51 +0000 http://www.52kitchenadventures.com/?p=15382 http://www.52kitchenadventures.com/2014/12/16/triple-chocolate-cookies/feed/ 0 15 Most Popular Cowtown Eats Posts of November 2014 http://j.mp/1yWC5zJ http://j.mp/1yWC5zJ#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:00:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=df19b6f47acd76467f42496c3d97c8b2 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2014/12/16/15-most-popular-cowtown-eats-posts-of-november-2014/feed/ 0 Hungry? Visit a Food Truck http://j.mp/1uVxs7K http://j.mp/1uVxs7K#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:07:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=239c5c5283f11c77f55d5314ac190aae http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2014/12/16/hungry-visit-a-food-truck/feed/ 0 Try It: Oak Park Brewing Company’s Irish Fries http://j.mp/1uVxxZ8 http://j.mp/1uVxxZ8#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:03:55 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=d2780f06d881c7579167497297d132e8 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2014/12/16/try-it-oak-park-brewing-companys-irish-fries/feed/ 0 Napa Truffle Festival Begins Jan. 16 http://j.mp/1uVxyfM http://j.mp/1uVxyfM#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:01:42 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=e5f19d0bb88e5ecd36952a7f62c826c1 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2014/12/16/napa-truffle-festival-begins-jan-16/feed/ 0 College bowl game party ideas: Three quick tips http://j.mp/1wFqVRG http://j.mp/1wFqVRG#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.nonchron.com/?p=4537 It used to be most college bowl games took place on or around New Year’s Day. Many people were hungover from the festivities the night before, but why not have a little hair of the dog under the guise of watching a football game? These days college bowl games are spread out over three weeks and […]

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12 Days of Christmas Picks for the Food and Wine Lover: Wine Gifts from Big Mouth, Inc! http://j.mp/1wFjcD7 http://j.mp/1wFjcD7#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:57:35 +0000 http://cavegrrl.com/?p=5192 ]]> http://cavegrrl.com/2014/12/16/12-days-of-christmas-picks-for-the-food-and-wine-lover-wine-gifts-from-big-mouth-inc/feed/ 0 Sacramento Vegan is taking a holiday break http://j.mp/1GqkE0t http://j.mp/1GqkE0t#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:01:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=18afd8db96c5a3008228ec814313d6a6 http://sacramentovegan.blogspot.com/feeds/6978298717563629764/comments/default 0 Classic Fruitcake http://j.mp/1vUPtlV http://j.mp/1vUPtlV#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:13:44 +0000 http://amyshealthybaking.com/?p=11837 {continue reading}]]> http://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2014/12/16/classic-fruitcake/feed/ 0 Dining News: New Chef at Revolution Wines http://j.mp/1yXewvT http://j.mp/1yXewvT#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:38:43 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=d53dea5c4c67d9b94ba214e5fd4d76e1 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2014/12/15/dining-news-new-chef-at-revolution-wines/feed/ 0 Chocolate Mint Fudge http://j.mp/1vTTWW1 http://j.mp/1vTTWW1#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 01:30:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=337d83214c3b666b1869fdd8ac28668f


My sister's wedding is going down next year. It's going to be quite the bash.
Anyhow, I spent the weekend by her side for a day trip down to the fabric district in LA to meet up with an old friend she went to school with, and to bring home our weight in fabric. From waking up in the wee hours of the morning to catch a plane, to catching up with an old friend, to negotiating with one too many stubborn and passionate salesmen, and to our late night reflection on the priceless day with one of the greatest flight attendants I have ever had the pleasure of being hosted by, the day was certainly one for the books.


The following day, we visited the city by the bay to pick up her wedding band-a custom designed piece created by an ethically responsible company. On our way out, we did a bit more Christmas shopping before heading home to a warm fire and hot soup.


Along with raging fireplaces on chilly days, warm spices, and fresh baked goods, mint is one of my favorite flavors this time of year.
One of my favorite desserts used to be a mint chocolate fudge that my mom would make during the holidays. After a few years without it, I sprung a craving for the flavor and found this quick and easy recipe for a healthier version of the dessert. Needless to say, it did the trick.



Chocolate Mint Fudge
makes one 8x8" pan

-1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
-1/3 cup coconut oil
-1/3 cup cocoa or cacao powder
-1/4 cup pure maple syrup
-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
-1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
-pinch sea salt

1. Line 8x8" pan with parchment paper or lightly grease.
2. Process all ingredients in food processor until smooth.
3. Pour into prepared pan and chill in refrigerator at least a couple of hours.

notes:
store in refrigerator
adapted from  this recipe by Oatmeal with a Fork
optional substitutions...
-maple syrup: sweetener of choice




Mangia! Mangia!
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Soft Amish Sugar Cookies http://j.mp/1wTOPfp http://j.mp/1wTOPfp#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:02:46 +0000 http://sacfoodies.com/?p=18119 http://sacfoodies.com/2014/12/soft-amish-sugar-cookies/feed/ 0 Soft Amish Sugar Cookies http://j.mp/1wTOPfp http://j.mp/1wTOPfp#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:02:46 +0000 http://sacfoodies.com/?p=18119 http://sacfoodies.com/2014/12/soft-amish-sugar-cookies/feed/ 0 12 Days of Christmas Picks for the Food and Wine Lover: jcoco Chocolate Bars Gift Set http://j.mp/1AzdHX4 http://j.mp/1AzdHX4#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:57:34 +0000 http://cavegrrl.com/?p=5187 ]]> http://cavegrrl.com/2014/12/15/12-days-of-christmas-picks-for-the-food-and-wine-lover-jcoco-chocolate-bars-gift-set/feed/ 0 Mint Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies http://j.mp/1ISKhJw http://j.mp/1ISKhJw#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:00:24 +0000 http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=10701 Can I sneak in one more mint chip recipe before Christmas? Because this one? You totally need. These Mint Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies combine my two loves: mint chips and my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe! I am so feeling the rush to Christmas. Is it just me? All of a sudden the big day […]

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Garden to Grill http://j.mp/1zUMHDp http://j.mp/1zUMHDp#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:02:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=d2e47f3681c769b583d22cf12c089750

I ordered the Tempeh Reuben, which has received rave reviews from local vegans. It consists of tempeh bacon, avocado, sauerkraut, thousand island dressing, and pickles, served on rye bread and with a side salad. The sandwich was very tasty, and I can see why it's a Garden to Grill favorite. I followed it up with a yummy carrot cupcake.






On my next visit, I ordered the Gardein Breaded "Chicken" Strip appetizer with ranch dressing. I'm not usually a big fan of faux meats, but I liked this well enough that I thought about ordering seconds. After much deliberation, I decided to have a chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting instead.






Garden to Grill also serves breakfast, including a weekend brunch buffet. I've got to give that a try one of these days!


Garden to Grill is located at 2315 K Street, and their phone number is 916-706-3302. Their website address is http://www.plumcafebakery.com/ and their Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/ThePlumCafeBakery. The restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.



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Cran-Raspberry Lemonade Protein Smoothie + Bai5 Giveaway! http://j.mp/1wq1STN http://j.mp/1wq1STN#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 07:30:47 +0000 http://amyshealthybaking.com/?p=11818 {continue reading}]]> http://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2014/12/13/cran-raspberry-lemonade-protein-smoothie/feed/ 0 Over 30 Cake Roll Recipes http://j.mp/1IM4hO3 http://j.mp/1IM4hO3#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:00:50 +0000 http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=10658 Cake Roll, Yule Log, Jelly Roll…whatever you call it I love them. I love them so much I can’t stop making them for all of you! If you love a good cake roll or want to try your hand at making one for Christmas, here are over 30 recipes to choose from! I’ll admit it: […]

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