Taste Carson Valley With These Holiday Recipes

Holidays are time for family and friends, social gatherings and of course, delicious treats! Because of that, we wanted to share some favorite recipes from our local Carson Valley taste bud extraordinaires! These are some treats to be thankful for and may even become part of your next family tradition!

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Luxury Goods

Luxury Goods – By Bently Heritage Estate

This drink will be sure to impress your guests at your next holiday party! Luxury Goods is a white Russian cocktail – but with a Bently twist. This is a drink you can’t find just anywhere, making it all the more special. It is best served as a dessert drink or a creamy and delicious start to your Christmas morning.

Be sure to visit the Bently Heritage Estate website’s store locator to find a distributor of these delicious spirits near you, because it won’t taste the same with substitutes!


Stir all ingredients together and pour over ice. Top with a sprinkle of nutmeg and a cinnamon stick to garnish!

Bently will be releasing their winter cocktail menu with 4-6 new seasonal cocktails in their tasting room in November! Make reservations on their website today to experience old world meets new age ambiance and delicious craft cocktails!

Cranberry Brie Tarts – By Sierra Chef

Cranberry Brie Tarts

If you are looking for the perfect appetizer, these Cranberry Brie Tarts are melt-in-your-mouth- good! Cynthia Ferris-Bennett, the Founder and Owner of Sierra Chef, says these are the perfect addition to your holiday menu and even better, they are fairly simple to make. These tarts would pair well with Prosecco or a Rose and make for a delectable crowd pleaser.

Be forewarned: these are so savory, you can’t have just one!


  • 12 Frozen Mini Phyllo Cups or Frozen Puff Pastry Sheet
  • 6 Teaspoons Triple Cream Brie
  • 6 Teaspoons Cranberry Sauce
  • Orange Flavored Dried Cranberries (Trader Joe’s)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place the phyllo cups in a mini muffin tin or if using puff pastry thaw per the package ingredients and use a round cutter to accommodate the mini muffin tin size.
  3. Lightly spray the mini muffin tin with oil and gently press the puff pastry rounds into each mini muffin tin.
  4. Fill each cup with about 1/2 teaspoon of cranberry sauce and top with ½ teaspoon of brie.
  5. Phyllo Cups – Bake for 10 minutes, until cups are golden and cheese is melted.
  6. Puff Pastry Cups – Bake for 15 minutes, until cups are golden and cheese is melted.
  7. Remove from oven and top each cup a few Orange Flavored Dried Cranberries.
  8. These are good right out of the oven or at room temperature!

From catering to cooking classes, Sierra Chef is the spot for culinary masterpieces. Visit their website here and be sure to stop in their beautiful shop in Genoa to have a taste for yourself!

A special thank you to Bently Heritage Estate and Sierra Chef for giving us a taste of Carson Valley for the holidays!

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