Red wine + Chocolate

Could there be a better match made in heaven? I mean seriously. Forget about coffee with dessert—I adore dark chocolate with a glass of red wine or port. So why not combine the two? Have you tried Red Wine Hot Chocolate?!

I made a batch for Boxing Day and it was a straight-up treat. So rich and creamy and can I say it? Sexy. This is the perfect beverage to serve your sweetheart after dinner this week. And according to our Dallas forecast, Tuesday (Valentine’s Day) has 100% chance of rain so this lovely, warm drink will make your toes all cozy too.

Red Wine Hot Chocolate

Serves 4

2.5 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 cups whole milk

Pinch of salt

3/4 cup fruity red wine, such as Merlot, Shiraz, or Zinfandel

Whisk the chocolate, cocoa powder, sugar, and cinnamon together in a medium saucepan. Add the milk and bring to a simmer over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until hot and smooth, about 5 minutes. Stir in the salt.

Remove from the heat and add the wine. Divide among 4 small glasses or mugs, (or 2 large!) garnish with a cinnamon stick and a dusting of cocoa powder, if desired, and serve. (recipe adapted from

Speaking of romantic meals, my husband and I don’t really go out to dinner for Valentine’s Day. The crowds are crazy, service is often sub-par and the food is predictable. We like to cook dinner together on nights when all the other couples are struggling to get out on the streets . One year we made lobster risotto and some seared sea scallops with champagne-butter sauce. Another time it was Barolo braised short ribs with pimento cheese polenta. This year I’m feeling Italian—because I think it’s romantic. I want to open a nice bottle of chianti and share a big plate of spaghetti & meatballs a la Lady & the Tramp! I’ll snap a picture for y’all… Hope you too have a fun, safe and delicious week!

lady and the tramp

lady and the tramp

happy new year!

IMG_7013I hope you had a lovely Christmas with your families.If you were here, the weather was beautiful and then treacherous. I pray that you and your loved ones are all safe!

Our family had a nice quiet celebration. On Christmas eve, it was just my husband, youngest son and me and we enjoyed a lovely Feast of the Seven (oops, six) Fishes and sat outside in the mild temperature. Christmas day we were joined by both newlywed couples and we indulged in a Rib Roast, Duchess potatoes and creamed spinach. Needless to say, rich foods, champagne and spirits featured largely in our celebration so I am desperately in need of detox, reset or both!

The family time was the best part of the 48 hours. We played a lot of cards, (Oh Heck was a favorite), worked together in the kitchen preparing and doing dishes, walked the dogs, worked puzzles and just caught up with each other. It was wonderful.

The week following Christmas is usually pretty quiet and time for reflection about the past year and further reflection about what we need to change for the coming year. My big announcement for you is that Butterfield Gourmet will be moving locations…but I don’t know where yet! I am no longer able to rent from the owner of Cafe Gourmet on the Go. Although I have access to another commercial kitchen in which to cook, unfortunately it’s neither ideally located nor a good set up for meeting customers. I hope you will bear with me as we make the transition. Pick-ups may be unusual and the times are definitely going to change—most likely to earlier in the day. If you have thoughts on your preferred pick-up time, would you kindly shoot a note back and share with me? Since I am making so many changes and nothing is solidified as yet, this is a great time for you to offer your opinion and preference!

As I reflect on the past year, I am struck by my many blessings, one of which is you. I am so fortunate to do what I love for people who enjoy what I do. So I sincerely thank you for your patronage and for all of the times you have referred me to your friends, which is to me, the highest compliment.

I’m keeping the menu pretty simple until I gain some permanence, but as always, let me know if you need something specific. Below this week’s menu is a peek at the following week’s offerings.

BG Menu for January 4

Pickup days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. When you order, state your chosen items and preferred day. Your order confirmation will provide you with a pick up location and an opportunity to choose a pick up time slot. Please provide your cell number with your order.

Menu for January 11: Pesto Pasta Salad, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Mustard Chicken, Double-Baked Potatoes, Lobo Pot Pie, Grandma Alice’s Apple Pie

I like Margaritaville but sometimes I like Sweaterville too!

A cold front is getting ready to hit the nation this week and I’m kind of excited.  Maybe partly because I’ve lost my summer tan and these warm fall Texas days make it difficult to hide my pale legs…but truthfully, I love sweaters. Not the bulky, itchy variety but the soft, cozy, maybe too long in the sleeves type.  So I will be unpacking my sweaters this week to brace against the cold.
It’s also a good time of year to be in the kitchen because the warmth of the oven is bearable and the fragrances evoke childhood memories of family feasts and holidays.  So here’s what we are making for you in the kitchen this week. Menu for Nov 10

I am also posting the 2014 Thanksgiving Pies & Sides menu and 2014 Holiday Products offering that we featured at the Sip & Sample on November 6.  Use the contact form to order or email


Come to @CultivateDallas this Saturday, October 18!

We are so excited to be a part of Chipotle’s Cultivate event at Lake Carolyn this Saturday from 11 am – 7 pm.  We will be in the Artisan Hall, serving up slices of Chocolate Custard Pie (see below!), Pecan Pie Bars and packages of S’mores bark.  See the official website for information on the event:  Hope to see you tomorrow!