Eating is a necessity. However, we choose what to eat. The choices we make reveal a great deal about us. The food you eat can tell quite a bit about your heritage, your family, your fears, your sense of adventure, your attitude toward yourself and others, and a myriad of other personal tidbits to anyone paying attention. Everything about eating is a glimpse into your soul.

I hope to reveal a little bit about myself to you through my food. I enjoy cooking. I enjoy eating. I find pleasure in bringing pleasure to others. I hope that by sharing my recipes I bring you a little bit of joy.

Cook my food. Feed it to the people you love.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Chocolate Truffles

These are delicious and really beautiful.   And really easy to create.  So if you need to take something to a party, but don’t have much time, this is for you.  You can also place these in tiny muffin cups and then put a few of them in a little box or tin.  They make sweet gifts.

Servings:  30 truffles
Time:  Prep: 15 minutes, fridge:  2 hours  
Hardware:  Can opener, measuring spoon, double boiler*, wooden spoon, plastic container with lid

  • 1 ½ ~12 oz packages of chocolate chips
  • 1-14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Toppings:  crushed graham crackers, crushed vanilla wafers, chopped toasted nuts, toasted shredded coconut, powdered sugar, crushed candy canes, etc.

  1. Melt the chocolates and the sweetened condensed milk in the double boiler over low heat. 
  2. If you don’t have a double boiler, just place water in a pot and place a smaller pot in the water.  Make sure that no water gets into the chocolate.  It will seize up and be ruined. 
  3. Stir until all the chocolate is melted and then stir in the vanilla. 
  4. Allow the chocolate to cool.  Then refrigerate it in a covered plastic container for 2 hours. 
  5. Take the chocolate out of the fridge and allow it to return to room temperature. 
  6. Roll the chocolate into 1 inch balls.  Then roll the truffles in the topping of your choice. 
  7. You can change the flavor of the truffles by using different flavored chips (peanut butter chips, mint chips, butterscotch chips, etc.) You can also use extracts other than vanilla. 
  8. Store them in an airtight container for up to three days.

A little bite of wonderful

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