Lorraine’s Cuisine: Chocolate Pate’ with Raspberry Sauce

I don’t believe I’ve discussed this before … but I do love to cook. I consider myself an “amateur” foodie. Not an expert … but definitely a connoisseur of good food. And so … since we speak about elegance, style, and beauty … I truly believe we can’t leave out some of the simplest pleasures in life:  Food.  Therefore, I decided to share some of my favorite recipes with you. From my kitchen to yours as a new blog feature:  Lorraine’s Cuisine.

And bien sur … let’s just start out with a bang, n’est-ce pas? Let’s go straight to chocolate … and not just any chocolate, let’s start at the motherload of all chocolate dishes up my sleeve: Chocolate Pate’.

What I love about this recipe is that it is bursting with flavor, elegance, and yet … it truly is easy.  My fave!!  Something that takes a minimal amount of effort, but tastes like you slaved in the kitchen for ages!!  And, for those of you who are true 100% made from scratch Foodies … I know some of this may offend … but I’m being realistic here.  Sometimes we need elegance but don’t have the time to do everything from scratch.  That’s where this recipe comes in.  A realistic guilty pleasure!

So, let’s get started … I promise … just reading this recipe will transport you to Chocolate Heaven!

Ingredients:


PATE:

  • 16 oz. quality bittersweet chocolate (and don’t go cheap on this … a really good one or not all all!  I promise it‘s worth it!)
  • 1/4 cup red wine or Zinfandel (for non alcoholic drinkers, a dark red cooking sherry will do … but you truly want this to balance out the flavors)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

SAUCE:
seedless raspberry jam

GARNISH:
whole red raspberries

Directions:
Line the bottom of a small, straight-sided loaf pan (9” X 2½“X 2”) or pate mold with parchment paper (wax paper also works if you don’t have parchment). Combine the pate ingredients in the top of a double boiler or heavy-bottomed pan. Cook gently on low heat for one or less minute, being careful not to overheat. Whisk just until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Return to heat briefly in between whisking if necessary (make sure that you do not allow the whipping cream to overheat and stick to the bottom of the pan. Pour into prepared mold or pan. Refrigerate over night (I’ve put this in the freezer for 4 hours for a last minute “save” – pull out of freezer 15 minutes before you begin dinner and it should be just right when you’re ready for dessert).

To serve: Unmold the pate and remove paper. Slice with a knife that dipped in hot water. Melt the seedless raspberry jam in the microwave until sauce consistency. Put a dollop (turn on your inner chef and create a swirl or zig zag) of the melted jam on a plate and top with a slice of pate. Garnish with whole berries.

Notes:
This pate is strictly for hard-core chocolate users!  Just a little bit goes a long way.  Eat slowly, letting the chocolate melt on your tongue.  It is something that everyone should experience at least once in their life!!

Now … what we all have been waiting for … Go to my Paper Crafting 2.0 page (up above) … Tevis has knocked one out of the park with her Coco inspired Paper Crafted necklace.  Here’s a teaser:

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Living la Vida Oo La La (or Taking the Bull by the Horns)

I can’t wait to tell you about my evening the other night. I was definitely going to post my freebie friday, but something came up, and so I have to get it sent out today. I think you’ll forgive me when you hear what happened.

For years, everyone has been telling me how beautiful my jewelry is, and when will I start selling it. I have seen it as a very fun hobby. But as I mentioned in my profile and about my store, I decided that I truly want to create this new life where designing and making jewelry and therefore helping women feel beautiful is my calling or career. But, there has been a little part of me that has still questioned … “Can I really do this?” Am I really going to make this happen?

Well, the answer is YES!! Last night my husband and I had a hot date, we went to see Woody Allen’s new movie, “To Rome with Love.” Funny, yes (especially the showering Italian – don’t worry, no spoilers here), but not as good as the Paris movie, in my opinion.

Anyway, afterwards we were craving Italian food. So, we went to Macri’s, which is an amazing Italian restaurant here. No greasy spaghetti here, there are TWO chefs in the kitchen and a whole assortment of gelato’s made on the premises, need I say more? So, our waiter starts telling us about the Italian festival that will be coming up on July 20th and 21st. He gives us a brochure, and I see the tiny, tiny, little word “vendors” at the bottom. Before I give it any thought, out of my mouth pops “Do you still need more vendors?” YES, he says. I’ll have the owner come over and talk to you.

Well, I, of course, had my Nook with me, so I was able to show him my Etsy store and a sampling of my jewelry. He loved them, gave a quote, I paid the bill, I got my invoice and receipt. And now I’m committed!! I will be a vendor at an event that generally attracts around 10,000 people!

WHAT HAVE I DONE? I can’t decide if I want to jump up and down with delight, or stop long enough to let the fear set in. But, the primary emotion I feel is … well, picture Sally Field at the Oscars, when she says “You like me, You like me, … you really like me!” That’s how I feel. And then the question begs to be asked … why does it take a complete stranger to validate that I am a creative artist? Why do I shrug off the compliments and praises from people who I admire and love, and just consider them as being “nice.” Someday, ask me about the word nice … and to my sister Michelle … that bit was for you!

So, in keeping with the brand new development and the excitement that I’m on the cusp of a new beginning, I’ve created the following Freebie. I truly hope you enjoy. And, I also pass along my best wishes that you are creating the life you want to live. Sometimes it just takes not thinking too much, and opening your mouth!

I love the picture in this Freebie. It is from a vintage hat advertisement from the 1920’s. Not Chanel, but I would like to think that Coco wouldn’t be offended. As always, feel free to click on the picture and download for personal use. I only ask that you do not mass produce or use for profit in any manner, without express permission from me. Of course, you may direct any and everyone to my site to download their own free copy.

Bonjour Mes amies … go create some elegance in your day!

Love, Lorraine (a VENDOR, aka a Jewelry Designer)