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Make a Style Statement with HIC’s Copper Barware

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Add the subtle and warm glow of copper to the bar with HIC’s eye-catching collection of bar tools. In line with bar and kitchen décor trends, the copper bar tools are the perfect choice for every home bar enthusiast as well as the professional.

Following contemporary style trends, copper elevates our barware collection with style and taste. With the HIC Copper Barware, you’ll enjoy the benefits of copper, which is known to enhance the drinking experience. The copper-plated 18/8 stainless steel barware insulates the beverage to maintain drink temperature.

From Margaritas to Moscow Mules, the HIC Copper Barware is poised to add a creative style to a perfectly prepared drink.

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The complete collection includes a Copper Cocktail Shaker, Double Jigger, Hip Flask, and on-trend hammered copper Moscow Mule Drinking Mug. For more information, visit HIC, Harold Import Co.
 

Tuesday’s Tool: The World’s Greatest Dual-Action Potato Masher and Ricer

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Rich, creamy and smooth!

Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means mashed potatoes are on the menu. The World’s Greatest Dual-Action Potato Masher and Ricer from HIC, Harold Import Co. is specially designed with a spring-loaded action to mash and rice potatoes ensuring lumps are eliminated in a single action! More efficient than using a typical masher with open-wire design, the Dual-Action Potato Masher and Ricer breaks food down with the wires and extrudes it through the holes in the built-in ricer disc to eliminate lumps for a smoother, creamier texture.

MasherInUseA versatile addition to your holiday cooking tools collection, the Potato Masher Ricer is great for mashing softer cooked foods, like potatoes, yams, pumpkin, squash, rutabagas, turnips, parsnips, carrots, apples, bananas, and more.

Made from 18/8 stainless steel, The World’s Greatest Dual-Action Potato Masher Ricer is sturdy, durable, and will never rust or transfer flavors or odors between uses.

Easy to use and clean. Rinse immediately before starches harden. Dishwasher safe for a thorough cleaning.

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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.

To purchase, visit here.

 

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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HIC, Harold Import Co. Signs Deal as Exclusive Supplier for Marcato Line of Italian Made Products

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(January, 2016) Building on a tradition that began three generations ago, HIC, Harold Import Co. is proud to announce that as of January 1, 2016, the company will be the exclusive supplier of Marcato products here in the U.S. Marcato S.P.A. is the leading manufacturer in the world of machines and accessories for fresh pasta, biscuits, bread and pizza.

HIC, Harold Import Co. has a three-decade relationship with Marcato, providing the company’s retail customers with pasta machines and accessories from this iconic brand since the 1990’s.

“With this new agreement, we are excited to offer our customers a full range of products from this iconic brand,” explains Robert Laub, president, HIC, Harold Import Co. “Like HIC, Marcato is a family run business, and our long-standing relationship with Marcato has set the groundwork for our new agreement in which HIC, Harold Import Co. will be the exclusive supplier of Marcato products in the U.S. As the the full line source for all Marcato products in the U.S., we are confident that our partnership will prove to be a successful brand-building venture.”

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Marcato’s history began in 1930 when Otello Marcato started producing pasta machines in a small workshop behind his house. His dream was to bring the authentic flavor of life in the kitchen – recipes, floury hands and smiles at the table – into every family.

“We are keenly interested in strengthening our relationships with retailers and consumers, and our confident that our agreement with HIC is a perfect way to continue to build the Marcato brand in the U.S.,” explains Giacomo Marcato, vice president, Marcato, S.p.A. “In addition to offering a full range of products to the U.S. market, we are dedicated to strengthening our relationship with retailers, supporting them with exciting brand-building opportunities including product training, in-store demonstrations, and consumer outreach programs,” Marcato added.

Under the agreement, HIC, Harold Import Co. will offer an extensive collection of high-quality and colorful Marcato products including the world-famous Atlas 150 pasta machine along with its 13 accessories for creating pasta of different thickness, cuts and shapes. Also available is a Ravioli Tablet, the Pasta Drying Rack, Pasta Rake, and Dispenser, in addition to Marcato’s Biscuit Maker – all made in Italy at the family factory.

HIC, Harold Import Co. offers the best culinary supplies, essential cooking tools, gourmet kitchen supplies and food preparation equipment at the most affordable prices. With more than 3,000 culinary supply products from the company’s own brands, exclusive brands, and top brands, HIC products are available in over 10,000 retail outlets worldwide.

Marcato will be holding a demo in the Kitchen Theater on Saturday, January 16th from 1:30-2:30 during the AmericasMart Atlanta. During the International Home + Housewares Show, held in Chicago this March, Chef Fabio Vivani, chef, culinary personality, restaurateur and cookbook author, will be at the HC, Harold Import Co. booth demonstrating Marcato products, signing books and sharing stories about Italy. Stay tuned for more details on this fun event.

For more information, contact HIC, Harold Import Co., at 800-526-2163. For media inquiries, contact Laura Everage, leverage@haroldimport.com, 415-306-4546.

 

Mrs. Anderson’s Animal Cracker Cookie Cutters

Oh, the memories so many of us have of reaching into a circus-train shaped box and pulling out an elephant, camel, hippo, goat or donkey cookie. Animal Crackers are a favorite childhood treat, and  HIC brings you the Mrs. Anderson’s Animal Cracker Cookie Cutter Set. This delightful collection of four cookie cutters (elephant, giraffe, zebra and lion) lets you create your own home-made animal cookies.

Made of BPA-free plastic, the cookie cutters come with a spring-action that stamps a design into the dough while aiding in the release of the  shapes. Perfect for homemade animal crackers, the set is also fun to use when creating decorative pie crusts, or baking gingerbread cookies.

To use, roll out the cookie dough and sprinkle a little flour on the cutters to keep the dough from sticking. Press the cookie cutter firmly into the dough, then press the spring-action lever to emboss the design into the dough and release the cookie.

Below is a recipe that is included with the set — but you can experiment and use your favorite cookie cutter recipe —  You can even try making chocolate Animal Cookies.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this item is donated to Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP). C-CAP works with public schools across the country to prepare disadvantaged high school students for college and career opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industry. HIC is proud to support C-CAP by donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of select items. To learn more visit ccapinc.org.

Lemony Shortbread Animal Cookies

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    1 lb butter

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

2 tsp lemon zest

2 tsp lemon juice

4 cups all purpose flour

In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, salt and lemon zest. Mix in lemon juice. Scrape down sides of bowl to incorporate ingredients.

Add 2 cups of flour into the mixture and combine until incorporated. Then, add remaining flour until dough begins to form a ball. Scrape the sides of the mixing bowl, incorporating all ingredients.

Wrap dough ball in plastic and chill for at least one hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly flour rolling pin and work surface. Once dough is chilled, roll out dough to 1/4″ thick. Use the Mrs. Anderson’s Animal Cookie Cutters to cut dough into desired shapes. Place cut Shapes onto baking sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees F, for 9 to 12 minutes, or until edges are a light golden brown.

The Lemony Shortbread Animal Cookie Recipe was created by Christopher Williams, who attended  Richards Career Academy and graduated with a Scholarship from C-CAP to attend Johnson & Wales University in Colorado. He graduated in 2010 and currently works as a pastry chef.

Beer Can Chicken with Peanut Butter Grilling Sauce

Elizabeth Karmel makes Beer Can Chicken at Martha Stewart’s Home

Elizabeth Karmel makes Beer Can Chicken at Martha Stewart’s Home

Written by Elizabeth Karmel

Anyone who knows me, knows that Beer-Can Chicken is my favorite way to roast chicken. It’s more of a technique and less of a recipe. And, we all know that there are as many flavor variations for chicken as there are days in the year! So, the recipe bears repeating! This rich and savory recipe is novel because of the use of peanut butter, and that makes it a great topic of conversation at dinner. But the real reason to make it is that the combination of peanuts, rosemary and chicken is un-beatable! Use my chicken sitter to grill-roast the chicken and use my original angled barbecue basting brush to slather the bird with the Peanut Butter Grilling Sauce.

I first saw the idea for grilled peanut butter chicken in a collection of recipes from NASCAR fans. I loved the idea of a grilling sauce that was based on peanut butter—the fat in the peanut butter seals in the juices and flavors the meat as it cooks. The recipe in the book was filled with Asian flavors and as much as I love sates, I wanted to try the idea with a more Western flavor profile. I love the combination of rosemary and peanut butter, making this a sophisticated dish that makes you forget that it is based on peanut butter.

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

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Beer-Can Chicken with Peanut Butter Grilling Sauce

©2015 Elizabeth Karmel

Makes 4 servings

Grilling Method: Indirect/Medium Heat

  • 1 Whole roasting chicken, 4 to 5 pounds, preferably Amish or organic
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1,  12-ounce can domestic beer or 12-ounces of white wine
  1. Remove the neck and giblets, and rinse the chicken inside and out if desired; pat it dry with paper towels. Coat the chicken lightly with oil and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Build a charcoal fire or preheat a gas grill. Pour the beer or wine in the Chicken Sitter, making sure that it is only 2/3rds full. Place the Chicken Sitter in the center of the cooking grate over indirect medium heat and “sit” the chicken on top of the beer can. The chicken will appear to be sitting on the grate. Make sure the drumsticks are positioned in front of the Chicken Sitter and the wings are twisted “akimbo” behind the chicken.
  3. Cover the grill and cook the chicken for 1 to 1 1⁄2 hours or until the internal temperature registers 165°F in the breast area and 180°F in the thigh.
  4. Brush with the Peanut Butter Grilling Sauce during the final 40 minutes of the cooking time.
  5. Remove it carefully to a platter, holding the can with tongs. Let it rest for 10 minutes before carving.  Serve with extra Peanut Butter Grilling Sauce as a dipping sauce.

NOTE: When removing the chicken from the grate, be careful not to spill the contents of the Chicken Sitter, as it will be very hot.

 

Elizabeth Karmel's Angled BBQ Brush

Elizabeth Karmel’s Angled BBQ Brush

Peanut Butter Grilling Sauce

©2015 Elizabeth Karmel

Note: Use indirect heat for any food that takes longer than 15-20 minutes to cook—this includes all bone-in pieces of meat.

Uses: beer-can chicken, chicken thighs or chicken quarters, chicken tenders, boneless, skinless chicken breasts; duck, grilled shrimp, skirt steak

Makes about 1 ½ cups

  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter, preferably natural—no sugar added
  • 4 Tbsp peanut oil
  • 4  cloves of garlic, grated
  • 2  Tbsp honey
  • 1  Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1  Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1  tsp ground dried rosemary
  • 1  tsp smoked sweet paprika
  • ½  tsp crushed red pepper flakes
    1. Place peanut butter and oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan set over low heat. Stir occasionally, making sure the peanut butter doesn’t burn. When it is melted, add the garlic, honey, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, rosemary, paprika and red pepper flakes.

Whisk together and heat on a low flame for about 1 minute as the sauce comes together. Remove from heat and cover.