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Eggs Are Back!

Rebirth of the egg...

The Egg is emerging from some dark days, indeed. Medical science now proclaims the health benefits of eating eggs...in fact, we are now told that dietary cholesterol has no effect on blood cholesterol. This great news puts one of our most flavorful and versatile foods stage center!

Go ahead and cook up some Featherbed Eggs or Eggs Florentine for breakfast, or have some Open-Face Fava and Egg Salad Sandwiches at lunch. Dinner? There are so many possibilities, from Asparagus Bread Pudding Layered with Fontina (and topped with a poached egg), to Steak and Eggs with Smoked Paprika.

With Easter on its way, have you considered using natural dyes from your kitchen to decorate some exquisite and subtly-colored eggs? And here's a great video on how to dye eggs using silk fabric with some stunning results. (But we are not certain if you should eat them.)

And don't forget to stop by Piedmont Grocery for your Easter treats. We have so many varieties of candy eggs-some quite special!

By Michael Ruhlman
In this innovative cookbook, this James Beard award-winning author explains why the egg is the key to the craft of cooking.

For culinary visionary Michael Ruhlman, the question is not whether the chicken or the egg came first, it's how anything could be accomplished in the kitchen without the magic of the common egg. He starts with perfect poached and scrambled eggs and builds up to brioche and Italian meringue. Along the way readers learn to make their own mayonnaise, pasta, custards, quiches, cakes, and other preparations that rely fundamentally on the hidden powers of the egg.

Nearly 100 recipes are grouped by technique and range from simple (Egg Salad with Tarragon and Chives) to sophisticated (nougat). Dozens of step-by-step photographs guide the home cook through this remarkable culinary journey.

Passover begins on Friday, April 3, and there is lots to do to get ready!

Here's a list of seven ideas to help you prepare:

  1. Assemble your Seder plate. Read this article on the symbolism of the six items included on the Seder plate.
  2. Visit our butcher depart­ment for the hard-to-find shank bone for your Seder plate!
  3. Plan your Seder Menu, and decide what you can cook one or two days in advance.
  4. There are so many pre­pared, kosher for Passover items cakes, cookies, and cereals in our store, but be cer­tain to buy extra fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles to eat during the week.
  5. And you can make your own horseradish. It's easy, and fresh is tastier.
  6. Seders can be long, so con­sider everyone taking a nap, and offer some snacks before the Seder. Check out this article from NPR with recipes for Some Appe­tizing Nibbles for Pre-Sedar Snacking.
  7. Finally, while you are removing all that chametz (leav­ened prod­ucts) from the house this week, it is a great time to do a little spring cleaning!

One of our most fabulous finds from the SF Fancy Food Show has arrived in the store!

These caviar-like pearls of bronze seal, balsamic vinegar give wonderful bursts of complex, tangy-sweet flavor in a unique blend of molecular gastronomy and time-honored Italian tradition.


Fun, delicious, and a great surprise, Balsamic Pearls are am elegant addition when scattered over salads, cheeses, fish and meat, fresh fruit, ice cream and desserts.



Sticky Fingers Bakeries

Just like Mum used to make.

The irresistible aroma and taste of fresh-baked goods can fill your home in just minutes. Sticky Fingers Bakeries make delicious Scone, Irish Soda Bread, Muffin, and Brownie mixes. Made in small batches with real, fresh ingredients.


Their authentic scones and soda bread are marvelous, slightly toothy on the outside with a most, mildly sweet, delicate crumb on the inside. They go from package to table in less than 20 minutes, and reheat beautifully. They come in a great array of flavors including: California Apricot, Lemon Poppyseed, Raspberry White Chocolate, Tart Cherry and Vanilla Chai. They have a great gluten-free lineup as well.


How is it possible all you need to do is add water and stir?


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These delightful hand-painted keepsake eggs make a great Easter Surprise!

Each egg is filled with foil-wrapped milk chocolate eggs, soft caramel candies, gourmet jelly beans, malted milk eggs, an Easter cookie and a 2 oz. milk chocolate bunny. The scenes on this traditional Easter gift eggs will vary.

We have both 6-inch and 3-inch eggs in stock.



Old Fashioned Chocolate Layer Cake 
From Amy and our "What's For Dinner Wednesday" recipe blog 

For Goodness Cake

To say that my daughter has varied interests would be the understatement of the century. She has a long list of activities she enjoys participating in, and they are all over the map. Drama Club? Yep. Ceramics Class? Woo Hoo! Gardening Club? Sure. Softball? Definitely! Bluegrass Fiddle? Yee Haw! Add a little paint or glitter and basic carpentry into that mix, and you get the idea. She is like a box of chocolates, and determination should have been her middle name instead of Jane.


On top of everything else, my daughter loves to cook. It makes sense that she would, given how much of my time I devote to cooking and food-she gets it through osmosis. Her love of cooking goes beyond the usual: she has become obsessed with certain shows on the Food Network. Guys Grocery Games would is one, but she has gone Coo Coo for Cocoa Puffs over the Kids Baking Championship.


I admit, I found myself watching with her because it was fascinating. These kids were creating some amazing desserts-all on their own. Well, almost. They had to have had some help. (At least I have to tell myself that so I can feel better, because some of the items they made would have been difficult for most adults...including me.)


Either way, it made my daughter more daring and confident in the kitchen. (Me too!) I let her do more on her own. In fact, since my Dad's Birthday celebration is this Sunday, I am going to let my daughter make Papa Dave's favorite birthday cake...all by herself. ( I will still be monitoring. Giving an 8 year old, with a wild imagination, free reign can be a bit messy!)


Here is the recipe inspired by America's Test Kitchen. I'll let you know how it goes...


Old Fashioned Chocolate Layer Cake
Get the recipe...


In This Issue
This month's cookbook pick
Preparing for Passover
Tatso Balsamic Pearls
Vendor of the Month
Old Fashioned Chocolate Layer Cake


Visit our recipe blog to learn what Amy, our VP and resident foodie, is cooking up in her home kitchen.

Crispy, Crackly Apple-Almond Tart

Cashel Blue, Spinach and Smoked Salmon Tartlets

Easy Self-Rising Biscuits

Classic Chicken Chow Mein

Julie & Julia's Bruschetta

Spicy Mushroom Tamales

Mush­room and Shallot Quiche

Amy's Gua­camole

Roasted Cauli­flower & Hazelnut Salad

Bach­elor Beef Stew

Crock Pot Oats & Amish Style Baked Oat­meal

Champagne Cocktail

Irish Coffee

Holiday Cookie Basket

Anise Cakes

Roasted Fresh Ham with Citrus and Rye

Christmas Butter Cookies

Gam's Apple Chutney

Pie Month

Autumn Salad with Apples, Comté, and Hazelnuts

Deconstructed Holiday Turkey with Sage Gravy

Cornmeal-Crusted Crayfish Pies

Old-Fashioned Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

Three Soups!
Bonus Recipes

Apple, Onion and Cheddar Soup

Traditional French Cassoulet

Endive & Fuyu Persimmon Salad with Pecans

Double Cut pork Chops with Garlic Butter

Inside Out Pumpkin Muffins

Cock-A-Leekie Soup

Crab and Corn Pies with Corn Crab Sauce

Amy's Hummus





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