He gazed into her dark brown eyes, transfixed by her mesmerizing stare, melting suddenly into deep pools of infinite desire. “What do you want from me?” he huskily breathed. “Chocolate, chocolate!” she gasped, collapsing into the sheets, burrowing her head into pillows of eiderdown and ticking, now stained with hot, wet tears…
Whew! Turn down the heat. Am I writing for the newspaper or Harlequin Romance? I always get carried away before Valentine’s Day, turning into a swooning, hopeless romantic craving pink roses, lacy valentines, sparkling champagne and, most certainly, chocolate.
I should, however, name these chocolate truffles “Reality Bites”. I taste a piece of chocolate before sprinkling it with raspberry sugar and chopped nuts, regarding my chocolate-stained nails set off by a frayed sweater cuff.
I reflect I should be cleaning my jumbled house instead of dipping chocolate.Oh well. Eating bits of chocolate always casts a rosy rainbow around reality.
To decorate my truffles, I purchased raspberry flavored sugar and combined it with chopped pecans. Other interesting toppings that could be used for truffles, such as flavored sugars, interesting salts, cocoa powder, expresso crumbles and the like. Shredded coconut and chopped pistachios would be delicious toppings, as well. Got a totally different twist, check our my recipe for Bacon and Chocolate Truffles.
To save time, it is not essential to dip and coat the chocolate truffles with additional chocolate. Skip steps 4 & 5 and roll the truffles in your desired topping.
Best freebie dip in town? Zingerman’s samples of bread with truffle-infused olive oil tops my list. This year, however, I’m wary of samples, quite sure I contracted last year’s hideous virus from a different, yet similar, dunk. Fearful of flu-infested double-dippers contaminating the culinary landscape, I chunked down the change to purchase the truffle-infused salt, … Full recipe post »
Greetings and good wishes for 2014! Last Thursday our band of revelers headed to the country for an old-fashioned family Christmas hosted by Shirley and Stuart at their charming farmhouse. The guest of honor was one large turkey sacrificed the day before for the feast, then smoked outdoors on a Big Green Egg (any smoker … Full recipe post »
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