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living sweetly: homemade chocolate truffles

January 11th, 2013 · 6 Comments

There are very few things I love more than a chocolate truffle.  It’s one of the few recipes that tastes better when it’s a little sloppy and homemade — there’s something so incredibly delicious about this easy, handmade recipe.

Besides, how could a recipe that just uses three ingredients not be irresistable?  I bet you have most of these in your kitchen now — what better excuse to make them for your Golden Globes viewing party on Sunday?

I’m so excited for these videos — they’re a lot of work, but I’m having a ton of fun learning how to do them!  If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

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Truffles

INGREDIENTS
12 ounces chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
For toppings:
Cocoa Powder
Cinnamon
Crushed Peppermints

DIRECTIONS:

In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate and vanilla for 1-2 minutes.  Pour in the cream and stir for approximately 4 minutes, or until smooth.

Refrigerate for 2 hours.  Roll each truffle into a ball between your palms, and then roll them in the toppings.  Serve and enjoy!

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Tags: desserts · food · holiday

Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2012 · 3 Comments

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Happy holidays everyone!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful day with family, friends, food and lots of holiday cheer!  Chad and I are enjoying a little time off in Connecticut with my family — someday I hope to decorate our house for the holidays as beautifully as my mom does!

Wishing everyone a happy holiday season and lots of wonderful things in 2013!

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Tags: holiday

belgian waffles

December 5th, 2012 · 2 Comments

We had a full house over Thanksgiving weekend, and one of the things I quickly realized: cooking Thanksgiving dinner is only half the battle!  You also have a bunch of meals before and after (well, “after” meals generally consist of leftovers with my family) to plan for!  I knew I wanted to do something quick and easy on the holiday morning, but I still wanted it to be festive and special.

Enter: Belgian Waffles!  We have a terrific waffle maker, so this whole recipe took less than 30 minutes.  Throw in some powdered sugar, maple syrup, and sliced fruit, and you have a breakfast to feed a crowd that doesn’t take all day.  Perfect for holiday brunch-time!

I used my gorgeous Noritake Cometa plates here — I get so many compliments on these!  I love how the pattern is so sleek and modern, but it’s easy to match with all the other pieces in our cabinets! 

Belgian Waffles

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs, separated
1/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 cups milk

DIRECTIONS

Preheat your waffle iron.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt, and set aside.  In a second bowl, beat together the egg yolks and sugar until sugar dissolves and the eggs turn pale yellow.  Add the melted butter and milk to the eggs and whisk to combine. Add the flour mixture and whisk briefly.  In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form and gently fold them into the waffle batter.

Pour just enough batter into the iron to cover the grid.  Cook until the machine’s light says that the waffles are finished, or until they are golden brown, about 4 minutes.

Tags: Breakfast and Brunch · food · holiday