Archive for May, 2009

Summer Dessert

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Strawberry and Irish Cream Fool
Serves 6


2 cups strawberries, hulled
2 cups heavy cream
½ cup Irish Cream
Confectioners Sugar


Refrigerate 6 stem or martini glasses.
Reserve 6 strawberries.
In a food processor, puree the remaining strawberries until smooth.
In a large bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form.
Add half the strawberry puree, and add the Irish cream.
Fold in until blended.
Divide ¼ of the strawberry cream among the glasses.
Top with a layer of the fruit puree.
Continue to alternate layers.
Garnish with a fresh strawberry, and dust with confectioners’ sugar.

Italian Cooking Class Inspires…

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

So I am going to do an Italian cooking class for a client this evening, and the dessert is a Zabaione (Marsala Custard). It has inspired me to write about fortified wines.  What are fortified wines?  Quite simply a fortified wine is a wine to which spirits such as brandy have been added.

Examples are sherry, port, madeira & marsala.  It is believed that the English discovered that by fortifying the grape wine, they could survive the long ocean voyages to English marketplaces with the fear of spoilage.

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