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Have you ever tasted that special ingredient, Love? I often here about people adding it to recipes, I even saw it written on labels of different foods as an ingredient. Have you added it? I have, and I also remember the memorable meals with love added. This Valentine’s Day add some love to your romantic meal for your special one. I know it will be well received and remembered!

I send you off with one of our favorite chocolate dessert recipes. Promise me that you will purchase high quality chocolate, as it is the main ingredient.

This is impressive and easy to prepare. Enjoy!

Chocolate Hazelnut Lave Cakes

Ingredients:

  • Lots of Love
  • 5 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 10 tablespoons (5 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup ground hazelnuts

Preheat oven to 425º.  Butter six ramekins.  Melt chocolate and butter in heavy sauce pan over low heat.  Set aside to cool slightly. Whisk whole eggs, egg yolks, and vanilla extract. Add sugar and mix well. Then fold in chocolate mixture, Love, flour and hazelnuts.

Pour batter into the ramekins, dividing equally. Bake cakes oven until the sides are set but the center remains soft and runny, about 14 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest 2 minutes. Run small knife around cakes to loosen. Immediately turn cakes out onto plates and serve hot with your favorite Ice Cream.

Tip: You may prepare the batter and pour it into the well-buttered ramekins in advance! It will keep unbaked in the refrigerator for two days. Serves 6


By Chef Courtney Contos

February is the month that reminds us to take time out of life for Love and Romance with the special someone in our life. Whisk them away and travel to the Inn at Essex on one of our Valentine’s Day packages!

The Valentine Romantic Rendevous features a night in a Country Inn room with a fireplace, two relaxing Swedish massages, a candlelit three course dinner for two in Butler’s Restaurant, a chilled bottle of sparkling wine and delicious continental breakfast for two the next morning.  This package will surely make any Valentine swoon. This wonderful package including personal pampering, food and lodging can be purchased for an affordable $378.54, including taxes and gratuities.

Or you can skip the massages and make time for other special things with our Valentine Vermont Getaway package.  With this package you will enjoy all featured package elements of the Romantic Rendezvous Package excluding the Swedish massages. This package will cost $288.10 including taxes and gratuities.

Any cupid knows that it’s smart to give the gift of a gift certificate to the Inn at Essex. Purchased in any denomination, they can be used towards goods and services throughout the resort, including our new spa, opening in the spring! The spa features a 25 yard lap pool, state of the art fitness center, a 25 person outdoor hot tub, full service salon and a wide range of the best spa treatments. So why not give that special someone a chance to fulfill their dreams of relaxation and romance with you.  The answer to a wonderful and loving Valentine’s Day is so close and you can skip that stressful shopping that seems to occur every year.

By Deb Robinson

Here at NECI we take pride in our culinary-education heritage in order to better serve our guests. This February we would like to take the opportunity to expand your knowledge of sparkling wines, specifically: what it is you’re drinking and where it comes from.

It is a common misconception that Champagne comes from different countries all over the world. However, did you know that the word Champagne is legally reserved for a specific variety of sparkling wine originating exclusively from the Champagne region of France? It is for this reason that, here in the United States, the champagne produced is labeled Sparkling Wine. Similarly, in Italy it is called Prosecco, and Spain’s product is Cava. There are also different classifications of Champagne. For example, most Champagne Houses have what’s called a Cuvees de Prestige, or a Deluxe addition. For example, Veuve Cliquot’s Cuvees de Prestige is called Grande Dame, and Moet Chandon produces one of the most famous, Dom Perignon. There are also Blanc de Blanc’s (white of whites) that are made completely of Chardonnay, or Blanc de Noir’s (white of blacks) which is made completely from a mixture of Pinot Noir and Pinot Menieur.

Valentine’s Day is an occasion perfectly suited to sharing a glass of bubbly with a special person, and throughout the month of February, take 20% off all Champagne and Sparkling Wines at our NECI restaurants here at The Essex!

Chris Benjamin, Food & Beverage Director