Kowalski's easy New Year's appetizers

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1 (8 oz.) container Crave Brothers Mascarpone, room temperature

2 tbsp. yuzu marmalade (or orange marmalade)

16 dried apricots, slit with a paring knife

¼ cup candied pecans, crushed with the flat end of a chef's knife

In a small bowl, stir together mascarpone and marmalade. With a spoon, or a pastry bag, fill each apricot with approx. 2 tsp. of the cheese mixture. Refrigerate, covered, 8-24 hrs. One hr. before serving, press the crushed pecans onto one end of each stuffed apricot.

Amount: 16 apricots.

Good to Know:

· Find yuzu marmalade with the accompaniments in the Imported Cheese Department.



1 Manoucher Rosemary and Onion Bread

3.5 oz. soft goat cheese

5 dried, pitted Medjool dates, chopped

1.5 oz. sliced prosciutto, roughly chopped

1 ½ tsp. finely minced fresh rosemary

2 ½ tsp. Kowalski's honey, gently warmed in the microwave

Smear chunks of cheese on the bread, leaving chunks in a rustic fashion; scatter dates, prosciutto and rosemary over the cheese, pressing dates into cheese to help them adhere. Bake in a preheated 425° oven (preferably on a baking stone) until cheese is melted and bubbly (7-9 min.). To Serve: Drizzle with warm honey and cut into wedges.

Serves 8.

Good to Know:

· Manoucher bread is available in the Bakery Department.



¾ cup superfine sugar

½ cup mascarpone cheese

½ cup heavy whipping cream

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. instant coffee

6 Mona Lisa Marbled Chocolate Dessert Cups or similar chocolate dessert cups

- Stonewall Kitchen Mocha Espresso or Dark Chocolate Toffee Sauce, warmed gently in the microwave just to drizzling consistency

- cocoa powder and crushed chocolate-covered espresso beans for garnish

Using an electric mixer in a medium mixing bowl, beat together first 5 ingredients until sugar is dissolved and mixture is light. DO NOT OVERBEAT. Spoon or pipe mixture into chocolate cups. To Serve: Drizzle cups or serving plates with sauce; dust with cocoa powder and sprinkle with coffee beans.

Serves 6.


DEAN'S KITCHEN MARINATED FETA (Just open and serve - great flavors!!!!)

RUSTIC BAKERY CACAO NIB COOKIES with CRANBERRY BRILLAT SAVARIN (Just spread the cheese on the cookies for an unbelievable, lightly sweet addition to a cheese board or a simple stand-in for dessert.)

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