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Holiday Feast a Delicious Success

January 10th, 2012 by Lisa

The New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner Dance at The Empress was greatly enjoyed by all!  The Food was delicious, the music wonderful and the company fun and interesting!

The Menu was amazing and included: Sweet Potato Vichyssoise with Peanut Noshes, Holiday Sorbet, Braised  Lamb with Figs in Red Wine Demi-glaze, Sausage & Cheese Stuffed Red Onions, Asiago Apple  Salad with a Creamy Honey Dill Vinagrette, Herb Bread & Butter and a finale of Glazed & Candied Chocolate Beet Cake with Vanilla Bean whipped cream and Strawberries.

Want to share some of these fabulous recipes?  We have already given you instructions for our Sweet Potato Vichyssoise both on our blog and on Saturday Daybreak.  Join us on our blog each day this week for another of our fabulous New Year’s Eve Recipes!




The “Victorian Martha Stewart” always a success!

December 19th, 2011 by Lisa

We all enjoyed seeing The Empress’ Sharon Welch-Blair once more appear on Daybreak and demonstrate why she has been nick-named the “Victorian Martha Stewart”.  Her Sweet Potato Vichyssoise looked amazing and I want to make those Peanut Noshes tonight!!!

Don’t forget, there is still time to buy tickets to our New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance, where the Vichyssoise and more recipes chosen by and prepared with the personal attention of Sharon will appear!  Call 501-374-7966 before December 26th and your ticket is only $200.  There are also still a few rooms left that weekend for a Romantic Getaway to start the year off with an amazing bang!  CALL TODAY!

Check out the Video of Sharon’s appearance!

And here is the recipe for that amazing Sweet Potato Vichyssoise:

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

4 leeks (white part only) well
rinsed, dried and sliced

6 cups Berta’s chicken stock or
canned chicken broth

1 ½ cups dry white wine

3 large sweet potatoes, peeled
and chopped

Grated zest and juice of one

1 cup milk

1 cup heavy or whipping cream

Salt and freshly ground black
pepper to taste

Peanut noshes or thin lime slices


  1. Melt the butter in a
    large stock pot over medium-high heat.  Add the leeks and sauté until soft
    and transparent
  2. Add the stock, wine,
    and sweet potatoes.  Heat to boiling.  Reduce heat and simmer until
    the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in the lime
    zest and juice, milk and cream.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Puree the soup in
    batches in a blender until very smooth.
  5. If you are serving
    the soup hot, gently heat it and serve it with peanut noshes.  If you are
    serving the soup cold, refrigerate it for several hours and serve it garnished
    with lime slices.



Peanut Noshes


18 slices Pepperidge Farm
sandwich or other firm white bread

1 ½ cups chunky peanut butter

1/3 cup vegetable oil


  1. Preaheat the over to
    350 F
  2. Trim the crusts from
    12 slices of the bread and cut the trimmed bread into ½-inch squares.
    Place the squares flat on a baking sheet and bake just until lightly browned.
  3. Place the trimmed
    crusts and the remaining 6 slices of bread on another baking sheet and bake
    until golden.  Process in a blender or food processor fitted with a steel
    blade to fine crumbs.  Remove to a shallow bowl.
  4. Heat the peanut
    butter and oil in a small saucepan until blended and warm.  Dip the
    toasted bread squares completely into the peanut mixture and then coat with the
    bread crumbs.  Let the bread dry flat on the baking sheet.  Store in
    an airtight container.

8 dozen

New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner Dance Recipes showcased on Channel 7

December 14th, 2011 by Lisa


The Empress’ own Sharon Welch-Blair will be showcasing the talents that have earned her the nickname “The Victorian Martha Stewart” on Saturday Morning Daybreak on December 17th.  The Segment, which will air at 7:50 am and will showcase Sharon’s amazing Sweet-Potato Vichyssoise with Peanut Noshes, the first course of the New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner and Dance, where the soup will be served (along with a fabulous 4-course dinner with wine pairings.)

The Dinner Dance was recently featured in’s “Top 9 New Year’s Eve Parties in Arkansas“.  Ring in the New Year with elegant style at an intimate dinner party setting and a Champagne Toast at midnight!  Tickets are $200 a couple including a special discount if purchased before December 26th.

Tickets for the New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner Dance are available by calling the Empress at 501-374-7966.

And Check Back with our Blog after Sharon’s appearance on Saturday to get her recipe for that amazing Sweet Potato Vichyssoise!