Mayana Artisan Chocolate now at The Cupboard

New at The Cupboard-Mayana Artisan Chocolates!

New at The Cupboard-Mayana Artisan Chocolate

The Cupboard would like to introduce our newest chocolate line: Mayana Chocolate! This artisan chocolate company is run by husband and wife team Daniel and Tamara Herksovic out of Wisconsin.

Both led very successful independent careers prior to their joint endeavor with Mayana Chocolate. Tamara was an event planner in Chicago, and Daniel was a chef in some of the top restaurants in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. That was until Daniel fell in love with Tamara’s smile one fateful evening at a dining event in Chicago. Once married, Daniel went on to open his own catering company and they both eventually worked to create elaborately orchestrated dinners for some of Chicago’s top clientele. This is ultimately what lead to Daniel finding his passion for chocolate. [Read more…]

Ariston Preserves

aristonThe Cupboard has a new food product!  Mouth-watering Ariston’s Apple Cinnamon Preserves and Ariston’s Apricot Preserves.  The Ariston name might sound familiar as it is a popular Olive Oil company we have carried for many years.   It  is a staff and customer favorite!  The Ariston products are products of Greece, and in Greek ariston stands for “The Very Best”.   These products first caught our eye because they are made by a small family owned company dedicated to creating the very best preserves and olive oils.  Please stop in this week to try our new preserves.  They are a tasty new edition to our great line-up of specialty foods.

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Pizzelle: The Perfect Cookie for the Holidays

In the spirit of the holidays, we decided to test out Cucina Pro’s electric pizzelle baker and report back to you. Similar to a waffle iron, the pizzelle maker is designed to turn out batch after batch of the delicate Italian cookies printed with intricate flower/snowflake patterns, two at a time. What started as a simple product testing experiment turned into a fanciful holiday party dessert, a couple of homemade hostess gifts, and a whole lot of fun, earning this pizzelle maker a spot in our kitchen. [Read more…]

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Let the gift ideas of Cupboard Employees inspire your own gift giving!

Steve: I am buying ‘French Toast’ by Donna Kelly for my son because he loves French toast and wants to learn to make it at home!


Marcia: I am buying this throw blanket for my brother-in-law and his family because I believe everyone needs a soft and warm blanket to cuddle up with.

a popcorn maker and popcorn makes a great gift!

I am getting my sister-in-law and her family a Cuisinart easy pop hot air popcorn machine because it is simple, fast, and healthy for the family to enjoy a snack on movie night.

 

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Claire’s Favorites: The Silicone Baking Cup

After recently realizing I have an addiction to Pinterest, I decided to start using the recipes I kept drooling over each night.  One recipe I tried was a recipe for baked eggs.  This recipe is extremely simple; mix eggs, some half and half, vegetables, bacon, and cheese.  When mixing in half and half I find it easiest to eye how much goes in, usually half or less then the amount of eggs being used.  The half and half helps the eggs become fluffy. The fun part about this recipe is that you can add anything you would like.  For example, if vegetarian you can add tofu instead of bacon.  I have also used spinach and feta sausage instead of bacon, which gives great flavor to the eggs.  When cooking the eggs in the oven, I heat the oven to 350F and leave them in for 30 minutes.

baked eggs fresh out of the oven

Since I have been making baked eggs in the oven, I have tried many different methods.  I have used the pan, paper, and silicone reusable muffin molds.  When cooking the eggs directly in the pan, it left the outside of the eggs burnt instead of a nice golden brown, and they were hard to remove.  Using paper, the eggs got stuck and they were hard to eat, but the eggs were not burnt around the side, and tasted better than when cooked in the pan.  With silicone, the eggs come out perfect.  The sides are a golden brown, and they pop right out so they are easy to eat, and easy to clean up.  The nice thing about using the silicone is that you can even use a cookie sheet; you don’t even need a muffin tin since the baking cups can stand up on their own.  It is also nice if you have people who eat different foods in the eggs, because you can color code the silicone molds for each person instead of having to remember where they are located in or on the pan.

This recipe is easy and fun for one, or great with families with kids as the kids can create their own egg concoctions.  I enjoy my eggs for dinner, but this is ideal for a weekend morning family breakfast.

a delicious, quick and easy breakfast!