Perfect Chocolate Pairings

March 05, 2015

Perfect Chocolate Pairings / See and Savour
Perfect Chocolate Pairings / See and Savour
I’ve been super busy working, which means my meals are almost always out or on-the-go. As a result, my fridge and pantry are a little sad and empty these days. Case in point: I had cereal for dinner last week. Twice.

Lucky for me, Ghirardelli® asked if I was interested in experimenting with some new chocolate pairings, to which, of course, I said yes, ( I mean, how do you say “no” to chocolate?!), and the shipment of chocolate bars arrived this week!

Don’t worry. I didn’t just inhale the chocolate for dinner (though I did think about it), but I was inspired to finally make my way to the store to find some treats to go with my new assortment of chocolate!

I love mixing and matching flavors. It’s pretty amazing how you can enhance the taste of a food simply by pairing it with something else.

Here are some combinations that I tried out this weekend:

Herbal Tea & Cherry Tango™
I love my chocolate desserts, but sometimes I want something a little fruity after dinner too. Cherry Tango™ satisfies both those cravings. Pair it with a cup of hot tea – maybe chamomile or peppermint – and you have a warm and cozy combination that will help you relax and wind down after a long day. It feels satisfying and indulgent without going overboard.

Perfect Chocolate Pairings / See and Savour
Maple Bacon & Midnight Reverie®
It’s common knowledge that bacon makes everything better, and this mix of sweet and salty is a match made in heaven. The richness of the 86% cacao in Midnight Reverie® brings out the salty goodness of the bacon in such a satisfying way. I’m tempted to eat this every day for breakfast. If you feel like something a little sweeter, try pairing the bacon (or any breakfast meat really) with a square of Evening Dream®, which is lighter at 60% cacao.

Perfect Chocolate Pairings / See and Savour
Perfect Chocolate Pairings / See and Savour

Sriracha Cashews & Mango Sunset™
I’m lucky enough to live in Southern California where it’s basically 70-something degrees year round, but the tropical taste of Mango Sunset™ even had me pining for summer again. Since this flavor is on the sweeter side, I spiced it up with some sriracha cashews so the heat could balance out the sugar. Take a few bites of this combination, close your eyes, and even if there’s a blizzard outside, part of you will feel like you’re on vacation again.

Perfect Chocolate Pairings / See and Savour
Perfect Chocolate Pairings / See and Savour

This is just the tip of the iceberg of combinations to try. Spruce up movie night by adding a side of Evening Dream® to your popcorn bowl. Elevate your after dinner espresso with a square of Sea Salt Soiree®. Pairings are such an easy way to make everyday fare a little less ordinary and a lot more fun.

What combinations would you try?
Perfect Chocolate Pairings / See and Savour

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

January!

February 03, 2015


Oh hey! January has come and gone – oh how the year will pass us. Here are some snapshots from my outings in January, though it was relatively quiet for me working on a big new project!

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I did get a chance to check out Gjusta, another sister restaurant to one of my favorite breakfast spots Gjelina. While I loved the space - Gjelina still has my heart for breakfast. The citrus salad on the right was from a project I'm working on - doesn't it look tasty?

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I've been building my real life Pinterest board in my studio and collecting some new props – loving some of my new ceramics! What are your favorite places to shop for unique kitchen goods? Would love to hear them!


Till next time - be sure to follow me on @instagram for the latest :D

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2014 | Thank You

January 01, 2015


I can't believe that I started this blog seven years ago, It's been a crazy fun ride. Thank you for following along – your kind words and thoughts make me smile every day. 2015 will be a slow start but look I look forward to sharing more adventures with you soon!

Thank you and Happy New Year friends!

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Candied Citrus Peels

December 22, 2014

Candied Citrus Peels / seeandsavour.com
Aren't these candied citrus peels pretty? They are also easy to make! I was fighting a cold a few weeks ago so made some juice at home with oranges, lemon and grapefruit I figured I could put those peels to good use and made some of candied gifts. I actually made these twice the first time I used coconut sugar instead of cane sugar which I don't recommend. Since the coconut sugar is a brown tone they end up discoloring the peels more than I imagined. Anyhow onto the fun stuff! Similar to the Coconut Almond Granola I packed these into small jars (here are some similar ones) wrapped it with some bakers twine, and topped it off with a custom label. Download and print the label at home for your gifts!

Candied Citrus Peels / seeandsavour.com
Candied Citrus Peels / seeandsavour.com

Candied Citrus Peels / seeandsavour.com
Candied Citrus Peels / seeandsavour.com


CANDIED CITRUS PEELS print this recipe!
INGREDIENTS
1 Grapefruit, peels only
2 Lemons, peels only
4 Orange, peels only
3 cups of cane sugar
1/2 cup of dark chocolate
PREPARATION
1. Cut the peels into 1/4 strips. In a large saucepan place all the peels and cover with water. Bring water to a boil, then drain and repeat two more times.
2. In the saucepan add 2 cups of sugar, 2 cups of water and peels to a boil until sugar has dissolved. Then turn heat down and simmer for 40 mins stirring occasionally.
3. Remove peels and allow peels to dry for 8 hours then toss in remaining sugar. If desired melt chocolate to dip and allow chocolate to harden before storing.

Candied Citrus Peels / seeandsavour.com
Candied Citrus Peels / seeandsavour.com

I preferred my peels dipped in chocolate over the sugar but try both and see what you like! Don't forget I've included the labels for you to print at home below.
Candied Citrus Peels / seeandsavour.com


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Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts

December 17, 2014

Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts / seeandsavour.com
These nuts are so addicting I had to make a second batch since I ate most of the first ones! This is a great simple snack anyone will enjoy. You can use any type of nuts you have or buy an assortment from the store in bulk. I packed these up in these coffee bags and used mini clothes pins with tied ribbon to hang the label. For these label I just printed them on card stock and trimmed them down. Download the tag here.

Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts / seeandsavour.com
Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts / seeandsavour.com

SWEET AND SPICY MIXED NUTS print this recipe!
INGREDIENTS
5 cups of assorted raw nuts (Cashews, Almonds, Brazilian, Macadamia)
2 tablespoon butter
2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon rosemary, finely chopped
1 teaspoon cayenne or chili powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cumin
3 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
PREPARATION
1. Preheat the oven to 375º. In a large bowl, toss assorted nuts with olive oil and spread them out evenly onto a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
2. In a small saucepan melt butter and combine rosemary, cayenne, cinnamon, cumin and brown sugar until dissolved and combined.
3. Add mixture to warm assorted nuts and toss until well combined. Then add salt. Allow nuts to cool and enjoy or store in air tight container.
Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts / seeandsavour.com
Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts / seeandsavour.com
Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts / seeandsavour.com

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Coconut Almond Granola

December 15, 2014

Coconut Almond Granola / seeandsavour.com
What are your favorite holiday memories? This is one of the first years that I will be in California for Christmas. It's my typical tradition to pack my bags and jet off somewhere but this year plans turned out a little differently and I am staying put. While I love traveling it will be a nice change of pace to be home, though I might sneak away on a short road trip somewhere. This coconut almond granola could be a great gift for the person on the go for the holidays. It's easy to make which will make you second guess buying granola from now on! I sweetened mine with honey instead of sugar and I like the subtle sweetness it brings out. I used wreck jars to place my granola in, wrapped it with bakers twine and topped it with a custom label. Download the label here!

Coconut Almond Granola / seeandsavour.com
Coconut Almond Granola / seeandsavour.com
Coconut Almond Granola / seeandsavour.com

COCONUT ALMOND GRANOLA print this recipe! | recipe adapted from cooking classy
INGREDIENTS
3 cups of rolled oats (don't use quick oats)
1 cup shredded coconuts
1 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
PREPARATION
1. Preheat oven to 275º. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl mix together oats, coconuts, almonds. In a separate bowl combine honey, coconut oil, almond and vanilla extract and heat until everything is melted and well combined. Mix both wet and dry ingredients together tossing until everything is coated.
2. Spread mixture onto baking sheet in a thin layer and bake for 40-50 mins or until golden brown. Allow granola to cool and store in an airtight container.

Coconut Almond Granola / seeandsavour.com


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Five ways to wrap with Kraft

December 12, 2014


I've been having fun creating some holiday guides over on eBay! Wanted to share with you all my latest guide – how to wrap with kraft! Hope on over to eBay to check out my guide.

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

December 11, 2014

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies / seeandsavour.com
I can't believe it's already almost middle of December. Something about living in Los Angeles and 70º weather makes me feel otherwise, but I'm am prepping myself up for my sisters visit and celebrating the remainder of the year. Looking forward to the next few weeks here and a little decompressing. In the holiday spirit I've been making lots of edible gifts to giveaway. Today I'm sharing some peanut butter oatmeal cookies - these are gluten free too! I added chocolates and raisins but you could use nuts or whatever you like. I packed these up in a cute jar, sandwiched each cookie between some dotted waxed paper, and finished it off with some pretty gold ribbon.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies / seeandsavour.com
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies / seeandsavour.com
PEANUT BUTTER OATMEAL COOKIES print this recipe!
INGREDIENTS
1/4 cup butter
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup coconut sugar (you can use cane or brown)
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup raisins
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup peanut butter
PREPARATION
1. Preheat the oven to 350º. In a large bowl, combine sugar and butter and bear until creamy. Add eggs, vanilla, and baking soda and mix well. Add peanut butter and mix. Stir in oats, chocolate chips and raisins.
2. Place a teaspoon of dough on a lined baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies / seeandsavour.com

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A Coastal Road Trip

December 09, 2014

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Earlier this fall I took a little road trip along the coast – we drove up to Big Sur and worked our way down the coastline – San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Malibu. It was my second time in Big Sur but my first time driving along the coast. The road trip was magical – I highly recommend everyone take a week off and explore. Our trip from Big Sur back home was about five days which we realize afterwards certainly wasn't long enough to see all the sites we wanted to see.

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Big Sur / blog.jchongstudio.com
Big Sur / blog.jchongstudio.com
Big Sur / blog.jchongstudio.com
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The mocha at Big Sur Bakery was so beautiful I couldn't help but take photographs. Marble mocha goodness!

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The Tuesday Night Market in San Luis Obispo is awesome, definitely plan accordingly.

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