Why not 8 days of Easter? It seems Easter gets bigger and bigger each year….
1st Day of Easter- Decorate!
Ready to bring color to your home after a dreary winter? Spring is here and its time decorate! We have some unique finds to turn your home into a colorful kaleidoscope. Including natural fiber cute bunnies and chicks ($5.95-24.95). Artichoke Shaped candles ($5.00-$8.95) that can make a fun center piece and egg candles in pastel(3pk-$5.95).
Need to bring some green to your home? Eggling an extra large egg, once cracked and watered a small garden will sprout ($10.95).
2nd Day of Easter- Think Chocolate Eggs!
We have created a collection of Easter eggs so delicious and beautiful that they are worth the years wait. Exclusive to CMB we have La Colociaria Bergamasca Eggs from Italy. The yellow, pink and white quail eggs are filled with praline chocolate. The pigeon eggs are filled with praline mixed with crisps. We also carry their tiramisu eggs, and white chocolate coconut covered almonds.
German Chocolate Easter Eggs, real egg shells that have been safely emptied of their contents, sterilized, filled with a fair-trade chocolate hazelnut center, then painted in a range of colors, from festive jewel tones to Easter-worthy pastels. They taste as good as they look! ($4.50 each or 6 for $25.99)
3rd Day of Easter-Menu
Each family has their own traditional Easter dinner, try adding some new flavors to your traditional recipes.
Deviled Eggs: Smoked Paprika from Spain will blow your deviled eggs out of this world($4.95)!
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As a future newlywed, I thought it would be fun to read and make something from the newly published book “The Newlywed Cookbook” by Sarah Copeland. Sarah packs this cookbook with everyday tips, how to fill your pantry and seasonal recipes with mouthwatering pictures. She also includes the inspiration behind every recipe, which allows the reader to experience the recipe at another level. This book is for the modern couple that likes to try new recipes and cherish the old-this one will be in my kitchen far after my newlywed year has passed.
I picked the Thousand-Layer Chocolate Chip Cookies, recipe from Sarah’s book, because I love to bake and try new recipes; this chocolate chip cookie is completely different than the original one, I grew up on. Overall, this recipe is easy but it takes a little more effort than the traditional recipe, due to the layering of chocolate and dough and rolling it out. The only modification to the recipe, I made was to add a little cinnamon. I think it adds a little warmth to the overall taste profile of the cookie. [click to continue…]
Our first staff guest blogger, Tiffany, was inspired by In The Small Kitchen’s recipe for quick bread and muffins, and we agreed that a simple loaf of bread for breakfast was a great way to start the month because it is fast and healthy. While she was shopping at CMB for ingredients to make a tasty bread, she came across the mix for Old Mill of Guilford’s Sweet Potato Muffin Mix, and scrapped the cookbook recipe for the wonderfully simple instructions included inside the bag of all natural ingredients. Here’s more in her own words:
“Making the mix for the Sweet Potato muffins was exactly as printed on the recipe included in the mix. The slip of paper was a cute touch, almost as if I was uncovering grandma’s secret recipe. It was super easy to get all the other ingredients: eggs, butter, and hot water. I started to mix the batter, and once the eggs were creamy and the buttermilk in the mix started to react, I realized I needed a larger bowl, so I swapped the mix over, and then I realized that the raisins were heavy so they had settled on the bottom of the mix! I was surprised because I thought it didn’t have lots of raisins, but then they all poured out at the end, and they plumped up quickly with the hot water. The whole house smelled like Thanksgiving or Sunday brunch- there was the natural sugar from the sweet potatoes and raisins and spiciness from the clove and nutmeg. True to the recipe, the muffins cooked in 15-18 minutes, and made a few more than 20 large muffins. I was tempted to go ahead and make them a cupcake- you could easily frost them with cream cheese frosting for a not-too-sweet cupcake, but since we were eating them for breakfast, I chose to just serve them with butter from CMB. It was definitely a hearty muffin- a healthy muffin- with lots of vibrant orange-brown Vitamin A and iron colors. We ate most of them at the store meeting, but I had a few leftovers which were toasted in the oven as sweet, toasty bread that added fun new flavor to an otherwise ho-hum ham sandwich.”
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March is a long month and while there’s the promise of spring in the air, the days and nights still feel like winter: no time like the present to do some cooking and baking! Chelsea Market Baskets has a growing library of cookbooks to inspire a great main or sweet treat in the kitchen, and plenty of products in our chocolate and specialty food departments to help you make the recipe that catches your fancy!
All throughout this month, the staff at CMB will be picking their favorite recipes from books in the store, shopping our shelves for the best spices, flours, lentils, and ingredients and then sharing in a blog post about the book and recipe they chose, the quality of the products they found at CMB, and any insider tips for re-creating the recipe in your own home.
We also have a very special raffle this month for our CMB blog and Facebook community: on the 23rd of March we will be giving away a copy of one of the cookbooks we carry in the store! Not to spoil the surprise, but it is a new release and will be a happy addition in any kitchen…so stay posted here and be sure to friend us on Facebook for further details.
Come visit us in the store or online at http://www.cmb-gifts.com/soon!