Cold Winter’s Night

The pleasantries of a Midwest winter really hit us this last week. The record lows and those relentless winds that brought a chill to the bones make it seem like the warm rays of summer are far, faraway. Cheer up though because today we would like to bring some relief to you by cooking up a winter remedy.  Throw on your warmest sweater and get ready to dish out some fabulous comfort food.  Invite your friends, loved ones and make it the warmest of nights that Minnesota has had in a long time!

Before you put on the apron, you’ll need some cozy night tunes for cooking and entertaining. Get the playlist here and turn up your speakers.

For a quick starter, make this crowdpleaser Crostini with Fig Butter and Goat Cheese:

  • 1 French baguette
  • 1 Jar of Trader Joe’s Fig Butter
  • 1 Goat Cheese Log
  • Prosciutto
  • Honey
  • Sea Salt

Preparation: First, slice the baguette into half-inch pieces and place on a cookie sheet.  Spritz top of bread with olive oil and bake in a 400 degree oven until light brown and crisp (about 4 minutes – but keep an eye on them!).  Spread goat cheese on top, followed by the fig butter.  Next, slice the prosciutto into smaller pieces and lay 1 slice on top of each crostini.  Drizzle honey over each piece and add a small pinch of sea salt.  Instant goodness.

Adding to the menu, the recipes that follow are taken from our Intereum Recipe Book that we made and sold this past December to team members. All proceeds went to the American Red Cross to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy.


For the main course, Daube Provencale (or French Beef Stew), it is recommended to pair a full-bodied red wine with it, such as Cote du Rhone, since it goes beautifully with roasts.

Daube Provencale

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No dinner party is complete without topping it off with some sweets! For a decadent and simple finale to the evening, try this yummy brownie dessert.


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