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Cuisine Solutions orange souffles

We’ve been on a Cuisine Solutions kick lately, after learning that Citronelle’s Michel Richard gets his braised shortribs from this company (isn’t that cheating?). For their meats, they use a special sous vide cooking process, where food is cooked at a low temperature for a long time to preserve its texture, flavor, etc.

This box of souffles is not cheap at $34.99 including S&H from Costco’s website (we haven’t seen these in their stores). With 4 souffles per box, you’re totally paying fancy-restaurant rates for dessert–only you have to heat it up yourself! (Correction, June 14: You actually get 8 for that price.)

These souffles cook in the oven in about 15 minutes. I enjoyed the marshmallowy texture, complemented by a sugar-cookie base.

But the orange coulis. What a letdown. It reminded me of the canisters of frozen Minute Maid concentrate that my mom bought when we were kids. Didn’t taste fresh–I probably could have done better by juicing and zesting some navel oranges, reducing the liquid over the stove with a bit of sugar.


Stuff your face with cookies while doing good

Baking for Good lets you do just that, since 15% of proceeds go to the cause of your choice. Word is that their baked goods are very tasty. I’m particularly intrigued by the lemon and lavender shortbreads (below). They also do brownies, whoopie pies, rice treats and more, chock full of organic ingredients. Get your order in for the holidays! 


Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate”: Holiday episode

Here’s where to find the two desserts that were mentioned on this episode. I’m not an Indian pudding fan (maybe I’ve just never had it done right?), but I do like to bring home a panettone for the holidays. It’s a buttery, eggy Milanese bread with an airy texture, studded with dry fruits. Panettone reminds me of Challah, flavor- and texture-wise. You can find them in grocery stores for about five bucks, and they have a pretty good shelf life. I liked toasting up slices before serving. It’s also a great bread for French toast.

Panettone Milanese-Emporio Rulli

446 Magnolia Avenue

Larkspur, CA 94939

(415) 924-7478

Warm Indian Pudding-The Colonial Inn

48 Monument Square

Concord, MA 01742

(978) 369-9200


treet online bakery @ clarendon farmers’ market

DailyCandy DC featured this place today, which takes online orders for their mini-cupcakes, brownies, cornbread and other goodies. This isn’t your ordinary bakery, though. Their ingredients are sourced from local farmers (check out the site for details) and they use not-terrible-for-you sweeteners like agave. 

Look for them at the Clarendon farmers’ market on Wednesdays from 2-7 PM (3100 Wilson Blvd., Arlington).

**Update 9/9/09: I tried three flavors of their minis (carrot, chocolate w/vanilla icing, vanilla w/chocolate icing) and can recommend the carrot and vanilla (the chocolate with vanilla icing was a bit bland). They were $11 for 12 minis and smaller than expected: about 1.5 inches across and 1″ high.**



Food Network’s “The best thing i ever ate”: obsessions episode


This triple coconut cream pie was the only dessert featured on this episode. When they showed how it was made, even I, the avowed cake lover, was swooning.

They manage to incorporate coconut into every part of the pie, including the crust. In other words, it’s a coconut-lover’s dream, coconut-hater’s nightmare.

Look at those coconut shavings. I dare you to be amibivalent.

Triple Coconut Cream Pie – Ritz Seafood (You can phone in an order.)

910 Rte. 561

Voorhees, NJ 08043

(856) 566-6650

More on this episode’s other obsessions here.

***Update, 10/6/10*** We have finally tried the coconut cream pie. Verdict here.


Breadwinner’s pumpkin bread/cake

You know how they say you should never go grocery shopping when you’re hungry? Same goes for watching Food Network.

Mr. X-sXe and I were watching a program that featured Breadwinner’s peach bread. I couldn’t stop thinking about it all week.  And when it comes to sweets, my resolve is weaker than Hef in a hot tub fulla bunnies. I soon broke down and ordered a couple loaves of the Papa Don’t Peach, along with this Party at My Place Pumpkin Bread.

The peach bread (not pictured) actually wasn’t as good as the pumpkin. It was a bit boring–needed a little something to kick up the flavor. But the pumpkin was perfectly spiced, moist goodness. Ann likened it to “pumpkin cake.” Mr. X-sXe agreed. We had it with a pat of butter. Yum.