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Tammy's Tastings

Updated: 2014-10-06T21:57:13.559-04:00


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I've decided it's time to put all my culinary activity into one place. Please visit for all the news about TT Supper Club, classes and workshops, private event catering, chocolates and more!

TT Supper Club


These days I've been focusing most of my culinary creativity on TT Supper Club, so I gave it its own home. Please check out the website for dinner reports and announcements, or to join my mailing list!

TT Supper Club #4


This past Saturday night I hosted a fundraising dinner for SELMA. Their weekly Friday morning breakfasts raise money for a variety of local organizations. This fundraiser was for SELMA itself, to cover capital expenditures (like dishes) that make serving breakfast to 100 people every Friday morning possible. The hosts of SELMA - Lisa Gottlieb and Jeff McCabe - were my assistant cooks for this

TT Supper Club #3


I had a fabulous time last night, cooking dinner for eight great diners. Together, we raised $240 for Growing Hope. *And* I even remembered to take pictures! That was probably because of how easy my amazing assistant cook made things for me. Dee was one of the diners at my very first dinner, and when she volunteered to be my assistant this time I jumped at the opportunity. She's an accomplished

Report from TT Supper Club #2 and Date Announced for #3


The July version of TT Supper Club was just as much fun as the June version was. Many thanks to my 8 fabulous diners who contributed $200 to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. And an even bigger thanks to Mom's Kitchen who was my tireless assistant. I really can't thank her enough. MK administers the annarborfood mailing list and is one of the most recognized names in the Ann Arbor online foodie scene.

TT Supper Club to benefit Capuchin Soup Kitchen


I had so much fun last month, I'm doing it all over again!On Saturday, July 25th I'll be hosting a supper club event to benefit and the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit. I'll be offering an 8-course tasting menu, designed to highlight seasonal and local foodstuffs. The menu will be wine-friendly, but the event is BYOB (or better yet, bring some to share). A donation of $50 is requested per

Rhubarb Mojito


Ilex from Homesteading in a Condo was one of my TT Supper Club guests, and she requested that I post the recipe for the pre-dinner cocktail I served. So here it is!Rhubarb Mojito1 oz chopped rhubarb5-6 mint leaves1 oz rhubarb syrup1 oz light rum3/4 oz lime juiceclub sodaextra mintrhubarb stalkMuddle rhubarb and mint. Add syrup, rum, lime juice, shake. Strain into glass filled with ice, top with

Cocktail Challenge - Three for summer


Mojito - Bacardi light rum, Muscovado brown sugar, fresh mint, and ice. And lime, although the description fails to mention it. Wouldn't be much of a Mojito without it! Mojitos have become the new faux-tini, but this one is pretty classic and was nice and refreshing for our first meal out on the patio this spring. The Muscovado brown sugar adds some interest over the more typical white sugar

First TT Supper Club a Success!


Thank you to the eight adventurous diners who came out to my first supper club event, and to Emily of Preserving Traditions and Eat Close to Home for her tireless assistance in the kitchen! The event was everything I'd hoped it would be. I got to meet and cook for some really wonderful food lovers, and enjoyed listening in on the lively conversation at the dinner table. We raised over $250 for

Supper Club Update


There are still spaces available for Saturday's inaugural TT Supper Club dinner. I've been having a lot of fun thinking about what's at the market and planning a menu. Here's what I'm thinking about right now, subject to change based on guest food restrictions or market unavailability. Oh, and note that this will be a gluten-free meal - I might serve some bread on the side for those that can have

Homemade Pop Tarts = Delicious


Someone on eGullet posted a recipe for making your own pop tarts. A lot of pop tart recipes just have you use a regular pie crust dough, but he tried to develop a crust that was akin to the original (although much tastier). So I decided to give them a try, and the result was delicious!First batch ready to go in the oven.First batch out of the oven: chocolate, blueberry and strawberry. The "money

Cocktail Challenge: The Sazerac


As foreshadowed in my last cocktail challenge post, I did head into the Absente drinks, starting with the Sazerac - Jim Beam Straight Rye, Absenté, and Peychaud's Bitters with simple syrup, lemon oil, and a twist. I thought this might be okay, because I'm a big fan of Jim Beam Straight Rye. But this cocktail was a little aggressive for me... Strong - not a lot of mixers in there. It was

Introducing the TT Supper Club


Summer is a tough time of year for chocolate making, so Tammy's Tastings (the business) always takes a summer hiatus from regular sales. But while I love making chocolates and confectionery, I also love to cook. So this summer, I've decided to use my hiatus a little differently.I'm pleased to introduce the TT Supper Club. Once a month, from June through September, I'll be hosting a fundraising

Cocktail Catch-Up


Well, I had this theory about writing a nice blog post about each cocktail I've tried so far in my cocktail challenge. But I've fallen behind, and starting to lose track of what I drank. So I'm going to write one big catchup post with notes, and then hopefully will be back on track to do the one-by-one...Manhattan - Trying drinks like this is one of the reasons I set myself this cocktail

Woman on a Mission


Tap, tap, tap... is this thing still on? Seems to be.I've been sadly neglecting this blog, but since I was still getting a few dozen hits a day and people seemed to find some of my old content useful, I decided that I should leave it up. Just in case anyone needed ideas for things to do with duck fat, or how to cook jambalaya for a crowd.But I'm on my summer hiatus from scheduled chocolate making

Food as art


What happened to the Food! | The Best Article Every dayI think these little cauliflower sheep are the cutest thing ever. But the rest of the pictures are great too.

News from Tammy's Tastings


A Box of Flowers for Mother's Day Every year it's the same question - should I get my mother a bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates? Well, now you can do both, with a box of flowers from Tammy's Tastings. Each box of 12 pieces ($22) or 5 pieces ($10) contains an assortment of four flavors:Jasmine - Dark chocolate ganache is infused with jasmine tea and encased in a crisp dark chocolate

Interview over at Kitchen Chick


Kitchen Chick a local Ann Arbor foodblogger, and she interviewed me for her blog. We talked about how I got my start in the food business (like carrying 20lb bags of flour on a bicycle), what some of my current favorite chocolate brands are, and more. Please check out the interview and the rest of the blog - Lisa's writing and photography are totally delicious! And, speaking as a foodblogger

Tammy's Tastings Newsletter


The Smell of EasterWhen I host a chocolate tasting, I take guests through 3 steps - taking a "whiff" (what's the chocolate smell like?), taking a bite (what's the texture like?), and taking a taste (what flavors do they notice?). In nearly every chocolate tasting there will be at least one chocolate that everyone agrees "Smells like Easter!"And why not? While we certainly associate chocolate with

Interview with Heston Blumenthal


Heston is chef at the Fat Duck restaurant in the UK, and one of the best known chefs exploring "food science," aka molecular gastronomy. This article is a fascinating look at this mad scientist of cuisine.This has to be one of the wackiest bits... 4: And he recently injected his head chef with a dangerously high dose of chilli oil, intravenously, and then slid him into a £5 million MRI scanner to

Unusual breakfast


If I worked from home everyday, I think I'd have the weirdest eating schedule of anybody. I've already got a pretty weird schedule - breakfast around 7, lunch at 11, snack at 3, dinner at 6:15. Which written down doesn't look weird, I guess, but when I'm strolling into the office kitchen to get lunch at 11 am, people often think I'm a little early. But hey - works for me!I've been sick with

Celebrate Valentine's Day with Tammy's Tastings


February seems like the perfect month to celebrate chocolate. There's Valentine's Day, of course. But beyond that, chocolate just seems like the perfect pick-me-up for what can be an awfully dreary month. So this February, Tammy's Tastings is offering a bunch of different opportunities to get your chocolate fix!First off, there's my Valentine's Day collection, featuring four flavors: White

That's just cool!


100% edible googly-eyes, and a flying spaghetti monster to boot!Powered by ScribeFire.

Just 5 Days Left to Order for Shipping!


5 Days Left!If you've been waiting to place your holiday order, don't delay! This Friday, December 14, is the deadline for orders to be picked up or shipped on December 17th. I'll accept orders until December 20 for local pickup or delivery on December 24th.Truffling AroundThe lovely group to the right call themselves the Divas, and I had the pleasure of teaching them to make truffles on Friday

Holiday Gifts from Tammy's Tastings


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and are enjoying your long weekend. Instead of heading out to the crowded shops today, why not do your holiday shopping at Tammy's Tastings?For the creative cook, consider a pre-Christmas gift that will keep giving for years to come! I've still got a few spots available in my December 8th truffle-making workshop. The deadline for registration is