Friday, November 30, 2012

I Won a French Pie Plate and American Heritage Chocolate!

As I was carefully thinking through messages for my Secret Sister Box which I wanted to mail this afternoon, I heard the sudden ringing of the doorbell followed by rapid loud knocking! I went to the window and looked out and saw a Fed Ex Truck out front. I opened to find a box labeled Sur la table from New York City with my name on it! Hmmm, I didn't order anything. Puzzled I brought it into the house. But doesn't it look fun!?
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Upon opening it I realized it was the prize I had won the night before Thanksgiving!

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The deepest, heaviest pie plate I have ever lifted...an earthenware pie plate made in France! Wow! I usually don't like earthenware because it is in it's original clay look, rough and brown. I like this because of the white glaze on the top...
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and the azure blue glaze on the side. The proof of the earthenware is on the bottom with the authentic markings of having been made in France.

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Also American Heritage Chocolate from the Mars Foundation (as in M&Ms coconut candy (which I can no longer find), M&M peanut, Mounds bars (dark chocolate and coconut)...yum! The Mars Foundation is a major donor to Colonial Williamsburg, providing funds to rebuild some of the historic structures in the town. Currently they are funding the Armoury Project. They also produce American Heritage Chocolate, which is 18th century chocolate, a bit different from what we are used to today. This chocolate I think has a bit less sugar, which is good for me, being pre-diabetic, when I want to indulge. It also has various spices in it like cinnamon, nutmeg, orange, red pepper, anise. annato, salt, and vanilla. I do not like anise, but this is fine and it is not spicy at all. But it is indeed different, because it is a taste of the past.
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Love the chocolate brown tissue paper. Perfect attention to details!

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Wow! Look at all that chocolate! My son was getting ideas! These are the same chocolates you'll see sold at Colonial Williamsburg and other historic sites, since it is historic chocolate.

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The bag has chocolate powder for drinks! We've sampled some before whenever we take tours of the Colonial Williamsburg Charlton Coffehouse, which was rebuilt with funding from the Mars Foundation. On the left is a block of solid chocolate that I can use for baking! And in front are individual portions of chocolate! I knew about the first two but wasn't expecting the individual portions! There were 8 of them so I'm sharing half with my Secret Sister. They are already tucked into the box and mailed with an extra copy of the Colonial Williamsburg donor calendar that has my photo of the Governor's Palace garden in the month of May!

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I also got autumnal cookie/pie crust cutters! I have lots of ideas for these!

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Wow! Isn't this a lovely prize! This will definitely make baking more fun! Hmmm, now which chocolate recipe should I make first? Certainly one to be done with the pie plate. Chocolate tart? That recipe and others are in the previous link. Also I have these recipes in lovely picture card form, ready for my recipe box, from when I bought a chocolate block at Tarpleys in Colonial Williamsburg last summer. Oh the choices!

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On the reverse the name of the packer! Perfect, since I used to live in Texas!

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