Chocolate Bark

An easy, festive treat for any occasion

Stonewall 553817 Peppermint Bark G650xPhotographed by Jim Stott

All of us who could not envision a world without chocolate owe our gratitude to the Conquistadors who first brought this precious commodity back to Europe centuries ago. They were introduced to this most delectable treat by the Aztecs of Mexico who harvested the cacao, finely ground it, and brewed a beverage often flavored with chilies or cinnamon and sweetened with honey. This concoction, xocolatl, was typically served during important ceremonies and was thought to improve one’s stamina and help fight fatigue.

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Casseroles

Home-cooked meals that warm up chilly days

Stonewall Spicy Shepards PiePhotographed by Jim Stott

Casserole—the word brings up memories of home-cooked meals, savory scents, and stick-to-the-ribs satisfaction. So what exactly is a casserole and how did it get its name? Casserole comes from the French word casse, meaning a case, referring to a large deep dish that can be used both in the oven and then as a serving vessel. The word is also used for food cooked and served in such a vessel. Today, this cookware is usually called a casserole dish or casserole pan.

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Frozen Favorites

Sorbets and other sweet treats

Stonewall Blueberry Lemon SorbetPhotographed by Jim Stott Blueberry Lemon Sorbet

These days, we find so many frozen treats in markets and small shops that it is sometimes hard to choose our favorite! Gelato and frozen yogurt shops seem to spring up overnight on every street corner. We go for good old-fashioned American ice cream, but then again…

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Soups for the Soul

Stay warm this winter with homemade soup

SWK VegetableStock650xPhotographed by Jim Stott

In New England, early settlers boiled seafood shells for soup and used less appealing bits of chicken and beef for broth that became a staple of their diet. To the soup, they added vegetables from their root cellars. Root vegetables fed families throughout the long Northern winters.

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