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Customize Brunch to Your Taste with 3 Variations on Brioche French Toast

Every brunch lover is unique, so we talked to our friends at Brioche Pasquier to dream up a few variations on French Toast that you can personalize to make your anyone’s taste buds happy.

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Are you elegant and refined? You will love the Orange Zest and Honey Brioche French Toast (#2). Do you love comfort foods? Vanilla Almond (#3) is the way to go. If you have a wild side go with variation #1, cubed French toast skewered with fresh fruit and dipped in maple syrup or chocolate sauce.

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The Most Vibrant Sign of Spring: California Grown Tulips

One of our favorite spring flowers are Tulips, which are in full bloom just in time for Mother’s Day each year. Our selection of tulips is grown by Sun Valley Floral Farms in Northern California, just as Mother Nature intended – in soil, after going through a nice, cold “winter.” The premium bulbs used by Sun Valley’s growers (Lane, Tim & Tanner) produce sturdy tulips with vibrant-colored large buds, intense dark-green foliage and a long vase life.


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Each year, our floral expert, Lisa, selects a variety from Sun Valley to cover the entire spectrum of the rainbow. Keep reading to learn more about this year’s selection and for special tips to take care of these delicate beauties at home.

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California “Snowballs” in Spring?! Viburnum is a green-to-white blooming sensation

Viburnum season is one of the most exciting floral events of spring. Our friends at Sun Valley are known for many year-round offerings (such as Tulips, Lilies and Irises), but the Viburnum season comes and goes quickly. The pick started at Sun Valley’s farm in Willow Creek at the end of March, and will last only into early May. The northern California farm’s mountain canyon locale provides a unique micro-climate that produces a fantastic spring show starring this award-winning flower.

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Viburnum’s blooms are often mistaken for a miniature hydrangea and are commonly referred to as “snowballs.” Early in the short season, the pompom-like clusters atop tall, woody, leafy stems are bright green-yellow (almost like a tennis ball). As the season matures and the blooms bathe in the sunshine, they turn a luxurious ivory-white and resemble snowballs.  Continue reading

Mollie Stone’s next private barrel selection from Four Roses just arrived

Four Roses makes a range of special limited releases as well as their standing specialties. Like many high-end Bourbon distillers, they make a single barrel version that varies from cask to cask. But Four Roses takes it a monumental level further by actually varying the recipe used to produce the Bourbon, with startling differing results. The ten different recipes Four Roses uses are described as follows on their web site:

Four Roses is the only Bourbon distillery that combines five proprietary yeast strains with two separate mashbills to produce 10 distinct and handcrafted Bourbon recipes, each with its own unique character, spiciness and rich fruit flavors.


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October 26, 2013: Meet Lidia Bastianich and Book Signing

“Feeding ourselves, our friends, and our families is one of the most important things we do in our lives.” – Lidia Bastianich

We are excited to announce that celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich is making a stop at Mollie Stone’s Greenbrae during her upcoming book signing tour for her newest cookbook, Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking. Mark your calendar:

Meet Lidia Bastianich & Book Signing
Saturday, October 26, 2013
4pm – 6pm
Mollie Stone’s Greenbrae
270 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae, CA

A signed cookbook is a fantastic memento for yourself or a personalized gift for a loved one. We will have copies of Lidia’s newest as well as most beloved cookbooks available for purchase at the event: Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking, Lidia Cooks From The Heart Of Italy, Lidia’s Favorite Recipes, and Lidia’s Italy In America. We’ll also have copies of her children’s books: Lidia’s Christmas Kitchen: Nonna Tell Me A Story and Lidia’s Family Kitchen: BDay Surprise.

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Single Barrel Bernheim Wheat Whiskey

Now available in a very limited quantity: Single Barrel Bernheim Wheat Whiskey hand-selected by the Mollie Stone’s team!

We enjoyed our Evan Williams Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey so much last year that we decided to select another single barrel again this year. Wanting something unique and different for our customers, we reached out to the Bernheim Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky, where Bernheim Original Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey is distilled in Rickhouse Y.

Bernheim is the first truly new variety of American straight whiskey introduced since Prohibition, and is the first whiskey to use winter wheat as the primary grain (>51%) in its mashbill. The result is a velvety soft, sweet flavor and medium finish with a brilliant copper color. It is defined as “small batch” as the Master Distillers select from 75 barrels or less to create the one-of-a-kind taste profile. As a straight whiskey, it meets the same criteria as Bourbon or rye – aged a minimum of two years in new, charred oak barrels, distilled at less than 160 proof and contains no coloring, flavoring or blending agents.

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Amp up your BBQ with Hak’s BBQ Sauce (Recipes for Hak’s Ribs & Backyard Burger)

Master Chef Sharone Hakman‘s line of gourmet BBQ sauces can add excitement to any dish from burgers to Brussels sprouts. They are fantastic for grilled meats, but they also shine as a marinade, with veggies or even in cocktails!

Whether you choose Chipotle Bourbon, Habanero Pineapple or Thai Chile Tamarind, each sauce is handcrafted to perfection with a complexity of layers and counterbalanced flavors. Try one of Hak’s recipes that follow, or substitute Hak’s BBQ Sauce next time you fire up the grill! Continue reading

Recipe: French Macarons with Raspberry Filling & Pistachios

Macarons are crispy, nutty pastries that originated in France. Featuring a light and crunchy exterior and a sweet inside filled with Bonne Maman Preserves, this unique treat looks as good as it tastes. Every bite is a delicious contrast of soft and crisp. They’re perfect for entertaining – afternoon tea, anyone?

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A French Picnic Basket for Mother’s Day

Mollie Stone’s is celebrating “Springtime in Paris” by highlighting authentic French cheeses, charcuterie, jams, wines, baked goods and more. With Mother’s Day coming up, we thought it would be fun to transport Mom’s taste buds to Paris for a day with a picnic basket filled with French goodies.

Invite Mom to your favorite park on Mother’s Day to enjoy a leisurely afternoon of good conversation while snacking on good food. Keep reading for our list of must-haves for a perfect French picnic – don’t forget the picnic blanket, champagne flutes, napkins & utensils! Continue reading