Chocolate Truffle Tarts

Were you paying attention when I suggested having some of extra tart shells on hand in the Individual Grapefruit Tart post this week?  This is why I said that…    With five minutes of hands-on time I turned out these phenomenal Chocolate Truffle Tarts.  To make these you simply fill fully baked tart shells with a [Read On]

If I were snowed in for a week, the six ingredients I couldn’t do without would be…

We’re looking down the barrel of another snowstorm that is due to begin this evening. The first thing I did when I saw the weather report was start a grocery list. The Evil Genius will be doing the shopping since he works right in ‘The City’ and we live in, well, ‘Far From The City’. [Read On]

Velvety Chocolate and Vanilla Custards (Pots de Crème) and a tutorial.

Pots de crème, a.k.a. baked individual custards, are one of my favorite foods in the entire world.  Just knowing that I have a few little ramekins of this heavenly custard waiting for me in the fridge helps me handle anything the day, or a child, throws my way.  The Evil Genius gets almost weepy when he knows I’m [Read On]

Deep, Dark Chocolate Truffle Brownie Bites: Foodie Gift #10

It is only fair to warn you that if you give these as gifts or take these to cookie exchanges that you will most likely be expected to repeat the performance every year thereafter.  I’ve been making these for a couple years now.  I have a friend, who shall remain unnamed, who hosted a cookie [Read On]

Gingerbread Biscotti With White Chocolate and Nuts or Crystallized Ginger: Foodie Gift #9

  The boys and I spent yesterday afternoon at the home of our friends, the Cooke family.  Dave Cooke is our local United Methodist pastor.  He lives nearby with wife, Heather (the hostess with the mostest), and son, Ben (who says some of the funniest things I’ve ever heard.)      Heather bravely invited my entire crew [Read On]

Golden Crunchy Pickled Onions: Foodie Christmas Gift #7

These golden rings of crunchy, flavorful pickled onions are just about the perfect thing for topping salads or roast meat sandwiches,  adding a unique touch and pop of color to buffet spreads and antipasto trays, and accompanying cold meat loaf.  Plus, when you’ve fished the very last onion ring out of the jar, the leftover oniony, [Read On]

Dark Chocolate Ganache

Christmas time is my favorite part of the year.  It’s full of seasonal beauty, generosity, kindness, and family.  If you’re like me you have an arm-length list of people to whom you want to give gifts: the kids, parents, friends, extended family, mail carrier, neighbors, U.P.S. guy, pastor, and so on down the line. Are you wondering [Read On]

According to Jim, it’s Pretty Good Soup

Now, admittedly, I do follow some recipes for a lot of dishes I prepare,  but soups and stews are very forgiving foods to make, very flexible and a great way to use up those bits and pieces that don’t seem to have anywhere else to go. And most of these creations are dubbed by Jim as being [Read On]