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Each and every day at HIC, Harold Import Co., we aim to bring you the best gourmet kitchen supplies, kitchen tools and gadgets, and food preparation equipment at the most affordable prices. This has been our mission since day one and it’s at the very heart of our family-run business. Contact us at www.haroldimport.com, follow @HaroldImportCo or connect with us at www.facebook.com/haroldimportcompany

Coeur à La Crème: Getting to the Heart of Things this Valentine’s Day

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Simple to make, and delightful to eat, the Coeur à la Crème is a classic French dessert made with a few simple ingredients and topped with fresh fruit, making it a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day – or any day – with a loved one.

The French call it coeur à la crème (or heart of cream). It is a rich and creamy dessert that is believed to get its start in the French countryside way back in the Middle Ages. Most likely born out of efficiency, and the desire to use all ingredients on hand, the dairymaids discovered that when the whey drained from the milk during traditional cheesemaking, the remaining curds could be mixed with leftover cream to create a delightfully light and fresh cheese that was made even more tasty when topped with the sweetness of the fresh fruits of the season.

The dessert is relatively inexpensive to make, featuring only a few ingredients, and just a bit of preparation time.   Using only cottage cheese, cream cheese, and heavy cream, which are then mixed and placed in a mold lined with cheesecloth so it can drain, the creamy treat is ready to eat in a few hours — although some Coeur à la Crème makers like to prepare this two days ahead of time to allow for the proper draining, and melding of the flavors of the dairy used.

Essential to the process is the draining of the liquids from the cheeses. The dairymaids of old used a strainer or colander to do the trick, but today, it is traditional to prepare it in a heart-shaped Coeur à la Crème mold. Made of porcelain and perforated at the bottom to allow the ‘whey’ to drain, and the curds to remain, the Coeur à la Crème mold is lined with cheesecloth or kitchen paper, and set above a pan or bowl in the refrigerator for a few hours, before it is ready to enjoy.

Molds vary in sizes, but the individual 4” (15 oz.) molds are a great way to serve up a romantic treat for two on Valentine’s Day, or even for individual servings at a dinner party.

This fresh cheese creation is delightful when created in the classic heart-shaped mold, and served as a complement to afternoon tea, alongside a cup of coffee for dessert, or a glass of wine for a romantic, and creamy, way to top off a Valentine’s Day meal with your loved one.

Quick and easy to create, here is an old-fashioned Coeur à la Crème recipe that will delight anyone this Valentine’s Day.

Old-Fashioned Coeur à la Crème

  • 1, 8 oz. container of whipped cream cheese
  • 1, 8 oz. container of cottage cheese, farmer cheese, or ricotta
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 container of fresh berries, washed
  • or, 1 package of frozen berries, thawed.

1. Blend the cream cheese with cottage cheese, and slowly add the heavy cream. This can be done by hand or in a food processor.

2. Line the Coeur à la Crème mold with cheesecloth or kitchen paper and pour in the blended cheese.

3. Place the mold over a bowl (to catch the draining whey), the slip it into the refrigerator, and chill for at least four hours.

4. Once firm and draining is complete, unmold the cheese by carefully turning it top-side-down on the serving platter.

When ready to eat, it is traditionally served with fresh berries or jam, but can also be topped with a chocolate sauce. Or, you can sweeten things up a bit by mixing a bit of sugar, vanilla and a fruit liqueur to create a fruit sauce that will accompany fresh berries. If desired, the Coeur a la Crème can even be served as an appetizer, and topped with savory seasonings or herbs.

However you serve it, the Coeur à la Crème is a perfect treat for Valentine’s Day, yet can be enjoyed all year round.

To learn more about HIC, Harold Import Co/’s Coeur à la Crème, available in an individual 4″ (15 oz.) size, or 7.25″ (24. oz) size, visit here.

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Tuesday’s Tool: TWG Dual-Action Potato Masher

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A perfect tool for holiday meal prep, TWG, The World’s Greatest Dual-Action Masher from HIC, Harold Import Co., quickly breaks apart and mashes any soft, juicy or cooked produce without the use of electricity. Specially designed with a spring- loaded action, the serrated-toothed blades easily break open skins, while the wires and pierced plate mashes the inside pulp. From berries to squash, this versatile kitchen tool is an essential addition for cooking and canning. It is also great for processing cooked chicken livers for liver pate or hard-boiled eggs for egg salad or deviled eggs.

twgmasherMade of 18/8 stainless steel, the tool is more efficient than open-wire mashers – and will never rust.

Don’t let the holidays slip by, get your TWG, The World’s Greatest Dual-Action Potato Masher here.

 

 

Tuesday’s Tool: HIC Porcelain Lasagna Pan

 

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Get ready for the holiday season with HIC, Harold Import Co.‘s oven to table porcelain bakeware.  Our HIC Lasagna Pan is a durable and versatile baking dish for lasagna, casseroles, quiche, roasting veggies, making a cake, and more! Measuring 13 X 9 X 2-1/2”, our favorite lasagna pan features a generous depth to support layered recipes, and the easy-hold handles provide a comfortable grip and secure transfer in and out of the oven, and under the broiler.  It comes highly recommended by America’s Test Kitchen/Cook’s Illustrated, especially since it’s broiler safe! This pan transitions beautifully from oven to table – and, comes in colors, too. In addition to White, try Bayberry, Rose, Sage and Wheat.

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redYou can see our entire collection of Lasagna Pans, here. To purchase, visit here.

Tuesday’s Tool: TWG, The World’s Greatest Mix’N Masher

twgmixnmasherPotatoes, yams, pumpkin, squash, turnips, parsnips, apples, bananas, and more are easily mixed and mashed in one motion. This time-saving kitchen gadget is perfect for mashing potatoes and other softer cooked foods for deliciously prepared meals.

Extremely easy to use, simply peel, cut, and cook foods until fork tender. Drain well and return them to the pot. Press the wires of the Mix N’ Masher downward and repeat until the desired consistency is achieved.

The sturdy masher simply mashes by pressing the wires into the cooked food until the desired consistency. The specially shaped side wires scrape down the sides of bowls and pots while mixing and mashing to ensure every morsel is processed consistently.

The World’s Greatest 2-in-1 Mix’N Masher is made from FDA-approved 18/8 stainless steel. Rinse immediately before starches harden. Dishwasher safe for a thorough cleaning.

For more information about TWG, The World’s Greatest Mix-N Masher, visit our website. To purchase, click here.

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Tuesday’s Tool: Fante’s Mamma Maria’s Mezzaluna

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Fante’s Mamma Maria’s Mezzaluna Rocking Chopper quickly transforms ingredients with a speed and efficiency that’s unmatched by knives to save time during food preparation.

Made in Italy, the beautifully curved blade, with its half-moon profile, makes quick work of chopping and mincing foods. Featuring a 9-1/2” stainless steel blade with beechwood handles, this versatile addition to cutlery and chef knives helps prepare quick healthy meals. Use it for mincing and chopping garlic, herbs, fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, even block chocolate, and more. It doubles nicely as a pizza cutter, too. Its ergonomic design is comfortable and easy to use.

To learn more about the Mezzaluna, visit us here. To purchase, visit our Where to Buy page, or here.

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Tuesday’s Tool: HIC’s Round Bacon Press

 

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The HIC Cast Iron Bacon Press is a handy cooking tool that ensures bacon is cooked to perfection. The 7.75-inch round, cast iron press with a stay-cool wooden handle, holds bacon flat while cooking, which helps reduce splatter and curling, while creating crispier bacon that cooks more quickly. Because the bacon is held flat against the pan, heat is distributed more evenly, cooking all bacon at the same speed.

The press is ideal for bacon, steaks, pork chops, burgers and panini sandwiches, cooked on the stove or on the grill. It can also be used to press out whey when making cheese or thick yogurt.

Suitable for careful use on nonstick pans, season prior to first use and hand wash.

You can purchase the HIC Cast iron Bacon Press here.

Tuesday’s Tool: The World’s Greatest Bar Tool

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Nothing is better than having a multi-functional kitchen gadget that gets the job done, quickly, comfortably, efficiently, and professionally – and it looks cool, too. That’s exactly what makes a great bar tool, and exactly what you’ll get with The World’s Greatest Bar Tool from HIC, Harold Import Co.

It truly is The World’s Greatest. In fact, The World’s Greatest 4-in-1 Bar Tool was recently selected as a 2016 Editors’ Pick in the Housewares Category from The Gourmet Retailer!

This Bar Tool boasts a built-in bottle opener, can opener, fruit and vegetable peeler, and channel knife, all in one ergonomic design.  This versatile 4-in-1 gadget opens cans and bottles, peels produce, creates decorative garnish, and so much more.

The World’s Greatest Bar Tool is an essential addition to any home or professional bar, giving bartenders an advantage when making cocktails. Crafted from Japanese stainless steel for maximum precision and durability, the Bar Tool has a soft-grip handle that prevents slipping while ensuring comfortable use.

It feels comfortable in your hand, performs all the necessary functions when making cocktails, and is compact for easy storing in a drawer or on the counter.

TWGBartool_LemonMaking your special recipe Bloody Mary? No worries. The punch-style can opener easily opens tomato juice.

Adding a lemon twist or other garnishes to your cocktails? The channel knife helps easily create decorative garnishes.

Serving soda or beer, the tool easily pops off bottle caps and opens flip top cans.

The Bar Tool also handy for other entertaining prep, including cutting thin strips of cheese or chocolate, even removing potato eyes.

Great for garage, boat, camper, cooler, tool and tackle box portable coolers, tailgating supplies, tool boxes, and tackle boxes. Hand wash in warm, soapy water.

Head on over to www.HaroldImport.com to learn more about all of our innovative line of The World’s Greatest – those which go way above and beyond the normal call of duty — without ever losing sight of functionality.