Thursday, April 19, 2012

Edible Blooms- a Delicious Alternative to Sending Traditional Bouquets

I have received my share of beautiful bouquets- birthdays, anniversaries, valentines day- there are few things that compare to an elegant arrangement of flowers.
But how sweet and unique it is to send an arrangement that is not only beautiful- but edible as well! Everyone loves an indulgent treat.
Cookies, chocolates, brownies, rice crispy treats- they appeal to all. So perhaps the next time the occasion calls to send family or friends something special for their birthday or just to say I Love You- consider something that is in good taste- literally and figuratively!
Lady Fortunes has a full line of Gourmet Cookie Bouquets- Cookie "Blooms" that are meticulously hand decorated with Royal Fondant Icing in brilliant colors. Edible Tulips, Roses, Daisies, Sunflowers and more crafted from cookies are expertly arranged and shipped to hundreds of delighted recipients every day.

Our newest contribution to this line of gourmet gifts is our Flour Pots line of cookies. Delightful little sugar cookie flowers cut by hand from freshly rolled dough are dipped in a variety of chocolate confections and adorned with candy centers. Perched on sticks an arranged in terra cotta flower pots, these arrangements are certain to brighten everyone's day!

You can make your own version of Lady Fortunes Flour Pot Cookies- but if time is limited $14.99 + S&H will get a lovely arrangement shipped and delivered anywhere in the Unites States.

We recommend that you start with a homemade sugar cookie dough- but commercially prepared dough will work as well.

Roll the dough out to a 1/4" to 1/3" thickness and cut out small 1" - 1.5" flower shapes. Bake and allow to cool completely.

In a double boiler, melt white chocolate. Once it is melted, pour into several small bowls and incorporate candy colors so you have a variety of different colored chocolates. (Candy colors are available at your local cake supply shop or online- don't use food coloring)
Using sugar tongs, dip cookies into the chocolates and place on top of popsicle sticks set on too of wax paper. While the chocolate is still wet, apply small candies to the centers of the flowers- mini M&Ms are a great choice.
From a garden supply shop, purchase terra cotta pots- the 3" Italian Pots are our choice. Take a 3" styrofoam ball and cut in half. Place one of the halves into the pot and press down all the way. Now you can arrange your Popsicle stick flowers inside!
Starting from the center, press you flower sticks inside at different lengths.
You can use tissue paper to fill the pots and add more color to your arrangement.
A satin ribbon is a very nice finale to the presentation.
You may wrap the pot in a cello bag - and voila!
A yummy gift that will be sure to please and delight your recipient.
Experiment with different shapes an sizes- add bees and lady bugs or little birds. Let your imagination run wild!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Favorite Fortune Cookie Recipe

One of my favorite cookies is the fortune cookie. It's sweet and smart and brings good fortune to it's eater.

I remember a small bakery growing up in San Francisco, CA where fortune cookies were baked the old fashioned way- and right in front of visitors and tourists. The crisp fresh taste of the cookies was always such a treat to me an my little sister- we waited each month for our visit to Golden Gate Park because a visit to the fortune cookie factory was always in store!

I still remember my first fortune message- and how eagerly I waited for my mother to read it to me: "a bright future is your fortune". Simple. Words that stayed with me throughout my life. Made me believe that anything was possible.

Today, as Chief Confectionery Officer of Lady Fortunes Gourmet Cookie Co., I have a responsibility to provide our customers with the best tasting cookies. Our fortune cookie recipe took years to perfect- made with all natural ingredients and baked in small batches. We still hand fold our cookies- they are not completely done by machine!

I would like to share one of my favorite recipes for fortune cookies that you can bake and enjoy right at home. It is simple and easy to make. I make these on rainy day weekends with my kids and the whole family enjoys them. Be sure to let them cool completely- my husband in particular cannot wait for them to set and eats them up while they are still soft and warm!

The ingredients you will need:
1/2 cup Unbleached Wheat Flour
1 TBSP corn starch
1/2 cup super fine sugar
3 egg whites
3/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Start by beating the sugar with the egg whites. Beat for 2 minutes at medium speed or until frothy. Add the melted butter slowly and mix. Add flavoring.
In another bowl, whisk flour together with corn starch. Add to your wet ingredients and mix on low speed until batter is smooth.

Using an ice cream scoop, drop batter onto a cookie sheet and space apart about 3 inches. I recommend baking 2-3 cookies per sheet to start - until you get the hang of it. I can now get 4-5 cookies at a time!

Bake at 350 degrees for about 5-7 minutes or until golden brown.

Here is the fun part- folding!! This takes the most practice but it's easy once you get it.

While cookies are still hot- get a wide lipped bowl- fold the cookie in half and bend it across the bowl so that the corners touch.

That's it!!!

You can prepare fortunes in advance- the size depends on the size of your cookies- for this recipe, I recommend 6" x 2" strips of paper . You can use parchment paper for a nice look.

Write your fortunes on the papers and put in the middle of the cookies prior to folding over the bowl rim.

Have a standard muffin pan ready to prop your cookies into to cool and "set" into their shape.

This recipe is particularly delicious - I hope you enjoy!!!

PS- try doing larger circles- like 8" or 10" diameters- you will get a Giant Fortune Cookie that will be sure to get people talking!!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Wedding Favors? No Problem!

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So, he finally proposed. Now comes the fun part... planning your dream wedding! But don't worry, Lady Fortunes® has you covered when it comes to delicious and adorable wedding favors and gifts - everything from decadent chocolate dipped fortune cookies and Oreos®, to edible wedding invitations!

Ask your closest friends to be your Bridesmaid in the Sweetest way possible... tell you soon-to-be Mother-in-Law how "fortune"-ate you are to have her in your life. No matter what you're looking for, we have the perfect treat just for you!

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Lady Fortunes® has been the number one source for Wedding Planners around the country when it comes to edible favors and gifts. We've also been apart of numerous celebrity weddings and engagement parties!

♥ Eva Longoria
♥ Tory and Dean
♥ The Kardashians
♥ Jennifer Love Hewitt
♥ Gabrielle Christian
♥ And many, many more!

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With our extensive line of custom cookies and confections, it's easy for everyone to find exactly what they're looking for - and if you don't? Don't fret! All of our cookies and confections are 100% customizable! Just contact one of our Confectionery Consultants today for more information.

Visit today to find your perfect wedding edible!

♥ Happy Ever After from all of us at Lady Fortunes! ♥

Friday, September 11, 2009

Lady Fortunes Invited to Participate in of LA's BIGGEST Gifting Suites!

It's that time of year again! Hollywood is prepping for the much anticipated 2009 Emmy Awards- and one of the exciting events is The Boom Boom Room: one of Hollywood's HOTTEST and BIGGEST Celebrity Gifting Suites.

Hosted by Glamour Guru Jayneoni Moore, the Boom Boom Room supports Los Angeles area Foster Children and the Jayneoni Moore Children’s Fund.

The Boom Boom Room is Hollywood’s most elite celebrity families - expectant parents, moms, dads, and their children too- visit a gifting suite wonderland built by the cream of the crop sponsors.
Lady Fortunes has the "good fortune" of being among the hand picked premium vendors like Crayola and Mattel to participate in this excited star studded event.

Lady Fortunes -known as "Hollywood's Secret Cookie Company" is no stranger to the celebrity scene. With regular clients like Bridget Fonda, Danny Elfman, Sophia Bush, Eva Longoria Parker, Tori Spelling, Patrick Dempsey -and countless other celebrity fans, Lady Fortunes creates hand crafted cookies for some of Hollywood's hottest Event Planners -Mindy Weiss and Lehr and Black to name a couple.

Among Lady Fortunes tantalizing selection is a complete line of cookies for Baby Showers, Baby's First Birthday, and Baby Gifts.
Lady Fortunes will be showcasing our unique and delicious assortment of Baby Cookies, Krispies and Confections -to tantalize Celebrity Taste Buds- and offer new ideas for Baby Shower favors, Baby Gifts, and Announcements. Included in our display will be celebrity favorites like our Edible Birth Announcements, Custom Baby  Fortune Cookie Pails, Giant New Baby Boy Fortune Cookies, and our Baby Picture Krispies Treats.

The celebrity guest list is outrageous! Expected to show up: Chris Noth (“Sex And The City”), Tim Allen (“Home Improvement”), Anne Heche, Kathy Hilton, Brooke Mueller, Angela Kinsey (“The Office”), Chyler Leigh (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Constance Zimmer (“Entourage”), Busy Phillips (“ER”), Julie Bowen (“Boston Legal”), Rich Sommer (AMC’s “Mad Men”), Evan Handler (“Californication”), Neal McDonough (“Desperate Housewives”), James Black (“The Starter Wife”), Currie Graham (“Raising The Bar”), John Sally, Kellie Martin (“ER”), Bryan Posehn (“Sarah Silverman Project”), Marissa Jaret Winokur (“Dancing With The  Stars”), Ali Landry, Sarah Jane Morris (“Brothers and Sisters”), Joey Lawrence (“Dancing With The  Stars”), Shar Jackson, Constance Marie (“George Lopez”), Kevin Weisman (“Alias”), Victoria Recano
 (“The Insider”), Kristy Swanson (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer”), Kevin Sorbo (“Meet The Spartans”), Tracy Hutson (“Extreme Home Makeover”), Roger Cross (“The L-Word”) Holly Robinson-Peete (“Hanging With Mr. Cooper”), Salli Richardson (“I am Legend”), Madison Pettis, Treadway (Merv Griffin’s Crossword), Rhys Coiro (“Entourage”), Mircea Monroe (Fox’s “Drive”), Raymond J. Barry (“Cold Case”), Jennifer Blanc-Beihn (“Party of Five”), Leslie Boone (“Ed”), Shirly Brener (“Labor Pains”), Melyssa Ford, Zorianna Kit, Dave Kushner (“Velvet Revolver”), Elizabeth Sanchez (“A Place of Our Own”), Christie Lynn Smith (“Bones”), Abigail Spencer (“All My Children”), Nicole Tubiola (“Wildfire”), Maxine Bahns (“The Mentalist”), Jonathan Drubner, Elan Gold, John Livingston (“Bones”), Larry Bagby (“Young and the Restless”), Jake Busey (“Tomcats”) and more!
Lady Fortunes is delighted to be among the premiere vendors presenting gifts at this event. Lady Fortunes will also be donating custom logo cookies to benefit the Jayneoni Moore Children’s Fund.
Stay tuned for exciting pics from the event and the latest on Lady Fortunes Celebrity Scoop!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Fortune Cookie History Lesson

The Fortune Cookie was created in Los Angeles in 1918 during the Great Depression by local businessman and philanthropist David Jung in order to raise the spirits of the unemployed through messages of inspiration and good fortune.

In fact, the very first messages inside fortune cookies were verses from the Bible!

In 1960, Billy Wilder took the idea one step further: he was the first to use the crisp Chinatown treat to promote his new movie, ‘The Fortune Cookie’.

This was the first time that silver screen legends Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau were paired on film- and the combination proved very "fortune"-ate.

Always at the cutting edge Billy Wilder was not only a film genius- he was also a marketing master.

Wilder commissioned 15,000 fortune cookies from Jung’s bakery that read “A great Picture is in your future…” and the rest - is history.

The fortune cookies were enjoyed by Hollywood's elite- and soon the idea of using these "smart cookies" caught on and became extremely popular.
David Jung's fortune cookie business sky rocketed thanks to Billy Wilder's savvy marketing idea and the success of his wildy funny film "the Fortune Cookie". Everyone in Hollywood caught on to the idea of light crisp cookies filled with smart messages and good fortune.

Legend has it that David Jung was so greatful to Billy Wilder for virtually popularizing the Chinatown treat that he presented him with a giant fortune cookie with a custom message inside.

Today, no one knows what the message actually said.... however we can only speculate that it contained a very good fortune inside! carries on the Los Angeles tradition, manufacturing the Nation's most delicious gourmet fortune cookies, baked goods and confections.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Introducing "Baby Biscotti"- A Petite But Sweet Favor!

What a unique idea for a Wedding or Baby Shower Favor! Lady Fortunes® Baby Biscotti is a new way to enjoy a traditional favorite- in a sweeter, smaller package!
Lady Fortunes® Gourmet Biscotti come in Chocolate Chip and/or Chocolate Chocolate Chip. Our delicious Old World recipe was handed down generations- our Biscotti is hand made with Butter, Eggs, Pure Cane Sugar, Callebaut Semi Sweet Chocolate, and other wholesome, non-GMO ingredients. Our Confectionery Artisans hand dip each Bisotti in luscious Belgian Callebaut White Chocolate and add your edible Monogram, Logo or Photo embellished with coordinating non pariels sprinkles! It's a unique and delicious cookie that is perfect for Wedding and Baby Shower Favors, Corporate Tradeshow Giveaways, Party Favors, or a thoughtful and unforgettable Gourmet Gift that's personalized for your recipient! 

Click here for more information or to place an order!

Lady Fortunes Announces New Blog!

Our customers have asked and we have once again answered- Lady Fortunes now has a blog!!!

We will be updating it regularly with Lady Fortunes News, Product Updates, Cookie Coupons & Giveaways, Celebrity Cookie Fans, DIY ideas, Cookie Recipes, & Much, Much More...

So please check back often!

Lady Fortunes® is Home of Giant Fortune Cookies with the Gourmet Bend. Watch us on Food Network this month on Unwrapped! Check our website for local listings or call 1-866-LADYFOR (523-9367) for more information.

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