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Renowned Pastry Chef Teams Up With Sam's Club Simply Delicious Chef Brigade To Simplify Holiday Hosting

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the 2012 Sam's Club Study on Holiday Cheer 1, 50 percent of American consumers say that dinner with family and friends best defines holiday cheer.  As homes across the U.S. prepare to host hungry guests this holiday, Sam's Club enlists all-star Pastry Chef Chris Hanmer to inspire hosts with time-saving baking secrets.  As the newest member of the Sam's Club Simply Delicious Chef Brigade, Chef Hanmer is the founder of The School of Pastry Design in Las Vegas, NV and winner of BRAVO's "Top Chef: Just Desserts" 2011 competition. In 2012, Chef Hanmer shares unexpectedly easy-to-make dessert recipes and short but sweet baking tips at SamsClub.com/meals.

Using quality ingredients sourced from Sam's Club, Chef Hanmer unveils three straightforward recipes: His Crispy Holiday Vanilla Cookie makes a great DIY gift; Roasted Honeycrisp Apple Creme Brulee with fresh fruit is deceptively simple to bake; and Chef's Heavenly Holiday Chocolate Almond Cake (recipe enclosed) will satisfy guests with each bite. Members can follow Chef Hanmer's step-by-step instruction at SamsClub.com/meals "Tips & Videos" tab or view photos and printable recipes on the "Easy Recipes" tab.

"No holiday meal is complete without dessert. However, adding sweets onto the menu should not mean excess time in the kitchen," said Chef Hanmer. "When creating homemade desserts, I combine seasonal ingredients with baking essentials to lock in great holiday flavors without a lot of extra work.  I can depend on the quality of ingredients at Sam's Club to stock the pantry for holiday baking - from oils, flour and spices to crunchy nuts and chocolate chips. Buying bulk sizes of these essentials is a great value, and from November to New Year's, I know I'll have all I need to sweeten every holiday occasion."

Holiday Taste of Sam's Club – Nov. 16 to 18 Like many all-star chefs, Hanmer recommends that to guarantee rave reviews, sample key menu items before serving to others. From November 16 to 18, Sam's Club gives members and guests a delicious opportunity to "try before they buy" at the 10th annual "Holiday Taste of Sam's Club" event. From 12pm to 5pm each day, Sam's Club provides free samples of the best bites in holiday entertaining, including:

The Holiday Taste of Sam's Club event is open to members and non-members from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on November 16, 17 and 18. Non-members can bring in a 1-day invitation to shop from the Holiday Taste of Sam's Club newspaper insert or visit Member Services to take advantage of holiday entertaining essentials and Club exclusives 2.  "Tastes 'n' Tips" associates will also recommend recipes and beverage pairings. Those preparing menus from home can visit SamsClub.com/holiday for interactive "how-tos" to simplify entertaining, including setting a lively tablescape or boning and butterflying a premium leg of lamb.

Simply Delicious: Chris Hanmer's Heavenly Holiday Chocolate Almond Cake (RECIPE)Inspired by his winning TV recipe, Chef Hanmer created a heavenly chocolate almond cake that guests will cheer about. All ingredients are sourced from Sam's Club (while supplies last).

Prep Time: 30 minutesServes: 4

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