Happy Birthday! This month Les Madeleines Patisserie Café celebrates its fifth year in business. To help lend a festive air to this special birthday/anniversary month, owner/pastry chef Romina Rasmussen is offering three different “birthday bites” each week in December: sweet, savory and a macaroon button. For the week of Dec. 15, she’ll feature the following: Sweet ginger panna cotta with sesame tuile, Asian wings on five-spice onions and Jaipur: cardamom, rose petal jam and pistachio buttercream macaroon. Plus, on Dec. 15, each customer will receive a free mini cupcake. Les Madeleines is located at 216 E. 500 South, and its phone is 355-2294. Les-Madeleines.com.n n
Holiday Brew. Wasatch Beers owner Greg Schirf has been fooling around in the lab again. He’s created two new “high gravity” beers designed especially to pair with foods of the holiday season. White Label is a classic Belgian-style witbier with hints of orange peel and coriander flavors that work well with light foods like fresh fruits and goat cheese or sushi. Winterfest Ale is an amber ale with caramel malt flavors, kettle- and dry-hopped with Columbus and Amarillo hops—a hearty, rich beer to drink with turkey, roasted pork or ham, and other full-flavored holiday dishes and gravies.n n
Quote of the week: In the childhood memories of every good cook, there’s a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot and a mom. —Barbara Costikyann n
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