The cookbook was conceived by the authors Linda Kissam and Tom Plant, who are wine and food experts. Their ambitious effort is to celebrate the luscious foods and premium wines of the beautiful Temecula Valley Wine Region located in Southern California.
It is a testament in words and pictures to the talented chefs, winemakers, growers, and farmers that make each day in Wine Country so special and tasty. Their new book is on sale on line here.
Strawberry & White Chocolate Mousse Napoleons
Thornton Winery is a family business, run by owners John and Sally Thornton, and son, Steve. One of the valley’s oldest wineries, they are best known for their Methode Champenoise sparkling wine and their Champagne Jazz concert series.
Café Champagne has been serving outstanding food under the direction of Executive Chef Steve Pickell for nearly two decades. 32575 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92589 – (951) 699-0099.
This recipe comes compliments of Executive Chef, Steve Pickell of the Thornton Winery.
2 to 3 pints fresh strawberries
1 sheet puff pastry
6 teaspoons sugar
White Chocolate Mousse:
1/2 cup cream
8 oz. white chocolate
1 1/2 cups whipped cream
4 eggs separated
Melt together the cream, chocolate and egg yolks in a double boiler. Cool. Whisk egg whites until soft peaks are formed. Fold whipped cream into white chocolate mixture. Fold in egg whites. Cut puff pastry sheets into triangles. Lightly butter and sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes until puffed and golden brown. Cool. Cut in half crosswise.
About The Recipe Book:
This recipe is one of many featured in A Recipe for Temecula Wine Country, a contemproary cookbook featuring recipes from 22 of Temecula Valley’s finest wineries. The cookbook was conceived by the authors to celebrate the luscious foods and premium wines of the beautiful Temecula Valley Wine Region located in Southern California. It is a testament in words and pictures to the talented chefs, winemakers, growers, and farmers that make each day in Wine Country so special and tasty.
“This is a story of the love and inspiration found in each bite and sip visitors take here. It’s a way to bond with what makes the taste of this place so memorable,” explains co-author Linda Kissam. That abundant love and inspiration is evident in the full-color pages – a thoughtful labor; a gift honoring the earth’s natural bounty; a celebration in recognition of local foods and wines; an appreciative nod to gifted and artistic souls, and gratitude for an attainable scrumptious lifestyle.
Tom and Linda encourage visitors to take the book to each winery and ask for the chef, owner, or winemaker to sign their featured page. “The Temecula Valley Wine Region is filled with the kind of people who will be delighted and honored by your request to include their legacy in your life.” shares Tom Plant.