Larousse Gastronomique

Happy Valentine’s Day! Chocolate Soufflé & friends

The next letter of the alphabet is “C!” Since Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, chocolate seems to be in order. I couldn’t find my mother’s chocolate mousse recipe which was decadent and easy. My other choice is Chocolate Soufflé. Cake be damned – Go big or Go home! Soufflés are not as hard as they seem. This one is easy even for a neophyte. Stay calm, don’t open the oven while it’s cooking and make a collar for the soufflé. You may dust it with confectioner’s sugar, but why gild the lily? Hell, put anything you want on it! Fresh whipped cream is another option, but only if it’s fresh and you whip it yourself. Some easy tricks to that. Let me know if you want instructions. So here is Chocolate Soufflé which will impress your partner and endear your to all.


Black Bean Salsa

Hello boys and girls! The next letter of the alphabet: “B” is for black bean – black bean salsa to be more precise. Not a “romantic” food strictly speaking, but it’s a big hit especially at parties. With the Super Bowl approaching, which is a canned event that we do not participate, we do know that many people do. This salsa is a sure-fire addition to your wings, chips, dips, BBQ spread. And it’s vegetarian in case you have guests who won’t partake in the carnivore offerings.

Apricot Jam Kolacky Cookies

Food! Let’s start with the first letter of the alphabet. “A” is for Apricot! Healthy, delicious, versatile. Savory or sweet, apricots are wonderful. And their color! Will post a recipe or two shortly. Hope you’re hungry.

Here we go. This recipe is for a cookie my mother used to make. They are simple and not too sweet sweet – just right by my estimation and the pastry is nice and flaky. I thought they were Scandinavian, but Kolackys are Mittel-European which makes sense since apricot jam is a staple in their cuisines as is the use of cream cheese. If you don’t have a small round cookie cutter, you may use a thin liqueur glass about 1.5″ – 2″ to cut the dough. Would love to hear if anyone tries these and what they think. Enjoy!