Category Archives: Cuisine & More
BY KELLY JAMIESON
In my January release With Strings Attached, my heroine Corey is a chocolatier. She makes fine, hand-crafted chocolates. She actually makes the chocolate herself, from raw cacao beans which she imports from a plantation in Brazil. She roasts them, then grinds them to remove the husks. Then she grinds the winnowed beans again to liquefy the cocoa butter and adds other ingredientsâ€” sugar and milk powder, sometimes vanilla. The mixture next goes into a conch machine, where rollers continuously knead the batch of chocolate liquor and ingredients for several hours. Itâ€™s a labor intensive process, but she produces amazing chocolates, which she charges a premium price for. Â
* WINE 101 FOR BEGINNERS seriesÂ
By GRACE DRAVEN
â€œIn vino veritas (In wine there is truth)â€, or so Pliny the Elder has been credited with saying. He would have been even better served if someone had slapped a wine label onto the amphora.Â Wine labels reveal the secrets of the universe.
Okay, thatâ€™s a bit of an exaggeration; however, wine labels can tell you a lot when considering what bottle of vino you want to buy for that romantic dinner, gift for a friend, etc.
Thereâ€™s a lot to know about wine, such as varietals, proper storage, styles versus grapes, oak versus unoaked and why it is a seriously bad idea to fill your pool with Champagne and go for a swim, no matter how rich you are.Â Instead, Iâ€™m going to concentrate on the humble label.Â This way, when youâ€™re standing in the wine aisle, staring at the 8,000 varieties of wines and feeling like youâ€™ve been pole-axed, you can decide what to buy based on something more than a name like Honeysuckle Sweet or Batty Old Tart.