The SideDish Newsletter Vol 11, 2008

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Volume 11 - 2008

whisk bullet Seasoned GrEATings Happy Holidays from Parties That Cook!
whisk bullet Seasonal Fare

Goat Cheese Amaretti Cake with Pomegranate Molasses-Glazed Raspberries Recipe

Mexican Chocolate Chipotle Cookies Recipe

whisk bullet Holiday Cooking Tips 12 Essential Holiday Baking Tips From the Pros
whisk bullet Cooking Class Events Holiday Tapas Class w/ Champagne, Couples Date Night, Singles Wine Tasting
bullet The SideDish Special Free Cooking Aprons, if You Book by Dec 31st
whisk bullet Shop Stocking Stuffer Ideas and Discounts
whisk bullet Cooking Party Venues Fabulous Places to Throw a Cooking Party
whisk bullet In the Media Roquefort Tartines Featured in Tori Ritchie’s Tuesday Recipe

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Seasoned GrEATings

Seasoned GrEATingsHappy Holidays from Parties That Cook!

We’re still working on Thanksgiving leftovers and it’s already time to send out the holiday party invites and stock up on bubbly for New Year’s! If you need help planning your special occasion this holiday, it’s not too late to plan a holiday cooking party. Book this month and get free cooking party aprons!

In this month’s issue of The SideDish Newsletter, we share decadent holiday dessert recipes and reveal 12 Essential Holiday Baking Tips that will help you save time this holiday season. With all the time you save, you can help provide holiday meals to those in need this month. For donation and volunteer ideas check out our blog article: 5 Easy Ways to Give Thanks This Year.

From all of us here at Parties That Cook, we wish you a Happy Holiday and prosperous New Year!


Executive Chef Bibby Gignilliat & The Parties That Cook Team

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Seasonal Fare

Goat Cheese 
Amaretti Cake with Pomegranate Molasses-Glazed Raspberries RecipeGoat Cheese Amaretti Cake with Pomegranate Molasses-Glazed Raspberries Recipe

A surprising twist on cheesecake – this sweet and tangy dessert incorporates fresh raspberries, creamy goat cheese and juicy pomegranate seeds for an impressive finish to a holiday dinner. This recipe is “no-bake,” so serve it in your most festive cocktail glassware.

Click here for Goat Cheese Amaretti Cake with Pomegranate Molasses-Glazed Raspberries Recipe

Click here for more Holiday Recipes

Mexican Chocolate 
Chipotle Cookies RecipeMexican Chocolate Chipotle Cookies Recipe

Great for gifts (or Santa)! Wrap up a dozen of these “spicy” chocolate cookies spiked with dried Chipotle peppers, black pepper and a touch of cinnamon. Make the dough in advance and bake on-demand for a last minute hostess gift or late night snack.

Click here for Mexican Chocolate Chipotle Cookies Recipe

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Holiday Cooking Tips

12 Essential Holiday Baking Tips From the Pros

Ingredients1. Mise en place is a French phrase meaning “put in place.” In the kitchen, this refers to the measuring out of ingredients in advance, which saves time especially when baking.

2. Remember to preheat the oven, adjust oven racks and prepare baking pans before starting the batter.

3. Sift flour, cocoa powder and confectioner’s sugar to avoid lumps in the batter.

4. Bring all ingredients to room temperature for even baking (except when separating eggs, in which case it is best to chill first because it makes them easier to separate).

5. Cream butter with sugar for at least 3 minutes to properly aerate the butter. Mixture should look pale yellow when ready to add the next ingredients.

Butter Spread6. Be careful not to over mix when adding flour – you will exercise the gluten in the flour, which makes for a tough end product.

7. Stir in nuts, chocolate chips and dried fruits after the batter is mixed to prevent bleeding.

8. Make uniform-sized cookies by using an ice cream scoop.

9. Bake cookies on parchment paper or a silpat to prevent sticking and for easy clean up.

10. Use your senses in baking (sight, smell, taste). Even if a recipe states a certain baking time, check regularly since every oven is calibrated differently.

11. Make cookie dough in advance and freeze in a log-shape. Cut and bake on-demand for the freshest cookies.

12. After washing, place muffin tins and pastry brushes in the warm, turned-off oven to dry out and prevent rusting or mold.

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Cooking Classes & Events

Crush Cooking ClassSan Francisco: Tantalizing Holiday Appetizers
This Thursday, December 4, 2008 @ Sur La Table Union Square
6:00 – 8:30 pm
Learn expert cooking tips and prepare festive holiday appetizers. Enjoy complimentary champagne and a sit-down meal of appetizers that include seasonal favorites like Sweet Potato Galettes With Sage Creme Fraiche and Ahi Tuna Tartare In Sesame Won Ton Cups. This evening class makes a wonderful holiday gift, date night or small company outing! $85 per guest.

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Cooking Crush Cooking ClassSan Francisco: Cooking Crush - Cooking Class & Wine Tasting for Singles
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 @ Crushpad Winery
6:30 – 9:00 pm
Join us for another spectacular Cooking Crush singles event at Crushpad Winery in San Francisco. Guests will be treated to a tour of the winery, learn key steps in the winemaking process, then mix and mingle over blind wine tastings. Glasses in-hand, we’ll shift into the kitchen, where co-ed teams will cook up a meal of delicious international appetizers and get to know each other between slicing and dicing. $95 per guest.

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Couples Date Night 
"Classic California Comfort"San Francisco: Couples Date Night "Classic California Comfort"
Monday, January 26, 2009 @ Sur La Table Union Square
6:30 – 9:00 pm
Grab your partner and join Chef Bibby Gignilliat in making a meal that's sure to be both romantic and memorable. Have fun together as you learn to create starters, sweets and everything in between--it's the perfect date night, Californian Style! Four-course menu includes Molasses-Cured Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples, Gingerbread Cakes with Aunt Mimi's Bourbon Cream Sauce and complimentary wine. $170 per couple.

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The SideDish Special

Free Cooking 
ApronsCooking may get messy, but you don’t have to!

Receive free cooking aprons for your guests when you book a cooking party, holiday party or team building event by December 31st, 2008. Our stove is filling up fast – to reserve your date, call 1-888-907-COOK or email Be sure to mention The SideDish Special coupon. Not valid with other discounts.

Click here to start planning your cooking party!

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Stocking Stuffers, Hostess Gifts and Discounts!

The Sumptuous 
Small Plates Recipe DeckTired of roasting chestnuts on an open fire? Pick up a copy of The Sumptuous Small Plates Recipe Deck, a collection of our 30 most popular appetizer recipes with easy to follow instructions and enticing photos. Makes a great stocking stuffer or hostess gift this holiday season at only $17.95 and qualifies for’s Super Saver Shipping!

Click here for more Parties That Cook holiday gift ideas

Food Lovers Tour through San Francisco’s neighborhoods

Grace Ann WaldenTake to the streets this holiday for a "Food Lovers Tour" through San Francisco’s neighborhoods with food writer and radio personality GraceAnn Walden. In her popular tour of North Beach, Walden tells the history ofthe vibrant Italian neighborhood – takes you behind the scenes in twobakeries and a stylish restaurant, visits a butcher shop, pastry shop and ceramic store. Gift certificates available for tours of North Beach ($80), Chinatown ($90) and the New Mission ($80). Visit or call (415) 302-5898 to reserve tickets.


Numi Organic Tea

Numi Organic 
TeaAfter cooking up a holiday feast, relax with a cup of  Numi Organic Tea. Give the gift of warmth and comfort this holiday season. It's the perfect  treat for teachers, moms, sisters and yourself!

Special for Parties That Cook customers: Save 15% on any purchase on, when use offer code NM4N8. Offer expires 12/31/08. Valid for one purchase only.

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Cooking Party Venues

Host your holiday cooking party or team building event at these fantastic San Francisco Bay Area and Chicagoland venues. Each of location has a Parties That Cook-approved kitchen and dining area perfectly suited for our cooking parties. Check out what each of these locations has to offer this holiday season!

Pedro Point Creative 
KitchenPedro Point Creative Kitchen

Our newest event space, Pedro Point Creative Kitchen, is a beautifully modern kitchen and intimate dining venue nestled in the serene beauty of Pacifica. They've wooed us out of San Francisco city limits with a brand new, state-of-the-art professional chef's kitchen. The space is ideal for groups up to 25 people, so check out Pedro Point Creative Kitchen for your next cooking event!

Dacor Design and Culinary
 CenterDacor Design and Culinary Center

Stylish professional-quality kitchen appliances abound the Dacor Design and Culinary Center in South San Francisco. Their sparkling demo kitchen is the perfect match for our cooking parties. Now you can bring the convenience and style of Dacor to your home: Through June 30, 2009, Dacor is offering a free warming drawer or microwave with the purchase of any wall oven and eligible cooktop. For more information visit

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In the Media

Roquefort Tartines 
with Shallot-Cranberry Confit RecipeExecutive Chef Bibby Gignilliat and her holiday appetizer recipe for Roquefort Tartines with Shallot-Cranberry Confit were featured last week in culinary maven Tori Ritchie’s Tuesday Recipe.

Click here for Roquefort Tartines with Shallot-Cranberry Confit Recipe

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