Blog: The Place to Dish with Fellow Foodies

Wherever I go, I sample the local cuisine, taste the regional wine and cocktails, and prowl for the best culinary products. Back at home, I experiment with my own food and beverage concoctions. Sometimes I travel with specific ingredients and tools so I can cook special dishes for family and friends. And nothing gets my creative juices flowing like holidays and entertaining. Sound familiar? If so, maybe my favorite discoveries, realizations, and recipes will inspire your own adventures, and you’ll want to share them here.

Stranded Foodie Recipe for Fresh Strawberry Heart Cake with Strawberry Buttercream

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What a pretty cake this is! Shaped like a heart, it’s incredibly delicious and moist, and full of fresh strawberry flavor. Yum! For these reasons, it’s one of my favorite desserts to make for Valentine’s Day. I slather on a nice amount of my heavenly fresh strawberry [Read more…]

Stranded Foodie Valentine’s Day Chocolate Bailey’s Martini Recipe

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One of my favorite ways to end a romantic dinner, is with a delectable chocolate martini. They are icy cold, so chocolatey, and they have a nice kick. I especially love to shake up a couple of these cocktails for Valentine’s Day. They are so seductive! [Read more…]

Valentine Chocolate Pizzelles with White Chocolate Drizzle from Stranded Foodie

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Pizzelle Italian waffle cookies are a Christmas time favorite, and because they are so yummy, I hate to wait until then to enjoy them. To make pizzelles, you need to have a special pizzelle iron to cook the batter. Since I have one, I’d like to use it more than once per year, and I think they [Read more…]

Stranded Foodie Recipe for Dungeness Crab Risotto with Meyer Lemon

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It’s fresh Dungeness crab season now, and one of the ways I enjoy having it, is folded into a delectable creamy risotto. Doesn’t that sound good? For me, crab and risotto are a match made in foodie heaven! I just love to have lots of big pieces of crab meat with the [Read more…]

Le Grand Courtâge for the Holidays ~ from Stranded Foodie

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After leaving her job in the States, Tawnya Falkner followed her dream of moving to France. It was there that she launched Le Grand Courtâge which translates to “the Great Courtship.” They make these fabulous new sparkling wines including a NV Grand Cuvée Blanc de Blancs and a [Read more…]

Stranded Foodie Linzer Heart Cookie Recipe

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So what exactly is a Linzer cookie you ask? Linz, Austria is the alleged home of the renowned Linzertorte. A Linzertorte is a tart made of a rich buttery dough accentuated by almonds or hazelnuts, lemon zest, and cinnamon. This tart is traditionally filled with black currant preserves and [Read more…]

Stranded Foodie Loves La Forêt Chocolates

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La Forêt is one of my favorite places to indulge in when it comes to elegant chocolates  These chocolates are the perfect guilty pleasure for me, so I’m a big fan! My introduction to this Napa shop [Read more…]

Soft Molasses Heart Cookie Recipe ~ from Stranded Foodie

Today, I’m just thinking about these soft comforting molasses cookies that might also be the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for that someone special. They are so different from a sugar cookie and I especially like molasses which gives a nice depth of flavor and soft texture to this cookie.

I think I’ll make large heart-shaped cookies and ice them with a simple confectioners icing that has a small touch of butter and vanilla bean extract. Then decorate them to look like pretty valentines with little sugar beads in pink, white and red. Perfect!

Now who wouldn’t want some of these delicious gorgeous cookies for Valentine’s Day? Easy to [Read more…]

It All Tastes Better With a Scattering of Stranded Foodie Real Chocolate Sprinkles

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Growing up, I loved the real chocolate sprinkles at our neighborhood ice cream parlor, but could never find them anywhere else. Now here they are! Shower them over every sweet thing you bake or scoop. Pour them over every frothy thing you whip up. Once these thunderously rich chocolate tidbits tantalize your nose and touch your tongue, you’ll never settle for anything less. They’re made in America with real Guittard chocolate, so you know [Read more…]

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Covered Strawberry Recipe from Stranded Foodie

Oh my! Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Sinfully good. No need to buy the expensive store bought version when they are so easy to make at home. That way, you can have more than just one. Trust me, you will want to eat a few of these irresistible beauties.

The key to making them, [Read more…]