As I mentioned the other day, I was attending a dinner for master pastry chef, Nick Malgieri, in the spectacular kitchen of my dear friend, Julie. Well, it was quite an event. At the risk of sounding like the food blogger that I was, I have to tell you that all of the food bloggers who attended the dinner pulled out their best recipes to share with Chef Nick and the group! There were beautiful salads with grains like faro and couscous, and a pasta and greens salad with freshly grilled tuna fish, delicious broccoli with sesame seed oil and pepper, a huge assortment of gorgeous cheeses and for dessert, an incredible selection! There were black and white pepper cookies with a bourbon buttercream filling, chocolate cookies with chocolate nibs, puffy heart cookies, a pumpkin, ginger and pecan cheese cake, and of course, some offerings from Chef Nick – a bourbon chocolate cake, and some hazlenut biscotti with a touch of anise.Each guest received a signed copy of Chef Nick’s newest book - Bake! Essential Techniques for Perfect Baking. This is a great book for both the beginning and experienced baker, with photographs illustrating the techniques used to make most of the recipes. I always find it a huge help to have the steps shown one-by-one. I am going to give my copy of Bake! to one lucky reader. All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me what your favourite baked good is by Friday, February 25th. It can be bread or biscuits, cookies or cake, pies or pizza. If you want to link a recipe in your comment, I am sure other readers would appreciate that.
Oh, you want to know what I took to the party? Ice.