National Margarita Day!

Smoke and Fire Margarita ¾ part Ancho Reyes ¾ part Montelobos Mezcal ¾ part Milagro Silver Tequila 1 part Fresh Lime Juice ½ part Agave Nectar Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, shake, and double strain over fresh ice into the glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Chocolate Ganache Raspberry Layer Cake

INGREDIENTS  Cake: Nonstick vegetable oil spray 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour 1 3/4 cups sugar 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 teaspoons baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup water 3/4 cup buttermilk 3/4 cup vegetable oil 3 large eggs Chocolate Ganache and Raspberry Topping: 18 ounces bittersweet chocolate (do not exceed 61% cacao),…

Holiday Pairings – Wine & Food

The Perfect Wine to Bring to a Holiday Gathering: It’s All About the Food by Paula Moulton I became infamous at Le Cordon Bleu in France (at least in my own mind) on a relatively quiet and peaceful classroom day of wine tasting. I am on stage but the theater is a dimly lit classroom…

Potato Leek Soup Recipe

Stay warm this holiday season with this yummy vegan homemade soup! VEGAN POTATO LEEK SOUP INGREDIENCE 3-4 Tbsp olive oil 6-8 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1″ cubes 2 large leeks, sliced into rounds 6 cups veggie stock or 6 cups water + 1 veggie bouillon cube 2 tsp dried thyme, or 1-2 tbsp…

Cranberry Christmas Cocktail

A Cranberry Christmas  INGREDIENTS 2 Parts Absolut Kurant 3 Parts Cranberry Juice 1 Part Perrier Sparkling Lime (25 oz bottle) 2 Wedges Lime 1 Mint  Cranberries (frozen) PREP Chill glasses. In a shaker, mix Absolut Kurant, cranberry juice, lime and mint. Pour in Perrier. Stir. Pour in cocktail. Drop in frozen cranberries in place of…

Salmon with Sautéed Asparagus

Brooklyn, NY – By Jacob Fishbein, CEO Cooking Culture As the temperatures drop, what better way to enjoy the season than with a little comfort food? This is one of my favorite recipes, based on my dad’s out of this world salmon. How does salmon taste so good in Santa Fe, NM, you might ask….

Santa Hat Brownies

New York, NY – By Catherine Petree SANTA HAT BROWNIES A new twist on cookies under the chimney; these easy to make brownies are perfect for any holiday party… and oh so yummy! INGREDIENTS 125g butter, chopped 1 1/3 cups (200g) Nestlé Dark Chocolate Morsels, plus ½ cup (75g) extra 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar…

English Christmas Mix Berry Trifle Recipe

New York, NY – By Contributing Editor Catherine Petree TOTAL TIME – 5 hours 45 minutes INGREDIENTS  3 1/2 cups chilled heavy whipping creams- divided 12 ounces white chocolate (I like using Godiva)- chopped 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups boiling cup water 7 ounces Bonomi crisp ladyfinger cookies 2 cans of Del Monte California…