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Random PostsNovember 16, 2011
Friday morning I was getting ready to go to the farm. Husband chose to watch a documentary called Running the Sahara. Little J was not impressed, more then likely due to the lack of Diego in it fighting the rolling tumbleweeds. I rarely watch TV and never during the day. But I caught myself sitting [...]
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I have been on a serious ice cream kick lately. Ben, Jerry and I spend some quality time together every night. So dessert made entirely out of ice cream? It just had to be done.
Seeing how ice cream is soul food I thought you will enjoy reading this. Alicia is famous for her photography but this week she shared a beautiful insight into her soul. CLICK here. It truly is a picture painted with words.
Ice Cream Snowballs
- 1 pint vanilla ice cream
- 2 cups toppings (such as shredded coconut, toasted sliced almonds, crushed ice cream cones, chopped toffee candy bars, and chopped chocolate cream sandwich cookies)
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop the ice cream into 8 balls, place on the sheet, and freeze until firm, 8 to 10 minutes.
- Place the desired toppings in separate shallow bowls. Roll the ice cream in the toppings, pressing gently to help them adhere. Serve immediately or freeze, loosely covered, for up to 3 days.
By Sara Quessenberry, July 2009
- Per Serving
- Calories 375Calories From Fat 200
- Protein 6g
- Carbohydrate 39g
- Sugar 30g
- Fiber 2g
- Fat 22g
- Sat Fat 10g
- Sodium 170mg
- Cholesterol 27mg
This week the choice was simple, again from Real simple. I love chocolate, I love ginger. So I present to you these. Enjoy!
I read lots of amazing posts on well over a hundred blogs. But THIS one from Kiddothings really made me smile. Let me know what you think of Chocolate bars. And don’t forget to link up your top 10 something on Monday Listicles. Someone asked me how to participate without having a blog. Leave a comment with your list, link your Facebook post or simply email it to me and I will find a way to put it up there for the world to read it and marvel. Anything is possible!
Ginger Chocolate-Chip Bars
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pan
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- Heat oven to 350° F.
- Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking pan and line it with 2 crisscrossed pieces of parchment paper, leaving an overhang on all sides. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda, and salt.
- In a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugars, using an electric mixer, until fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat to combine. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Mix in the chocolate chips.
- Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Cool completely in the pan, then cut into 32 bars (8 rows by 4 rows).
To store: The tight seal on a take-out container will keep the bars moist and chewy.
To freeze: Instead of baking the batter, freeze it in the pan for up to 2 months. To bake, follow the recipe instructions, baking from frozen, and use the upper end of the time rang
By Sara Quessenberry, December 2008
- Per Serving
- Calories 138Calories From Fat 41%
- Fat 6g
- Cholesterol 28mg
- Carbohydrate 20g
- Sodium 55mg
Recipe courtesy of www.realsimple.com
So here is the truth. I am not making these today. Because: we are going to IKEA, we are going to a horse show, I am going to have my hair done and I am busy making everything ready for my Monday Listicle link up starting next week.
Janice from Mommyslounge said she will start making her top ten list weekly too. One thing let to another and I decided to let anyone with a list of 10 WHATEVER link up to my page and hop around. Becasue I love hosting a big group of opinionated strangers. I might even serve you virtual truffles!
Anyway, I have made these in the past and apart from being a bit time consuming they are very easy to make. Truffles are in fact my favorite food group. You probably want something posh to go with your chocolate treat? How about you head over to Faith Hope and whole lotta love and look at her amazing photos. Happy weekend, see you Monday, bring a list.
- 20 ounces semisweet chocolate, cut into small pieces (or semisweet chocolate chips)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Make the filling: Place 8 ounces of the chocolate pieces and the butter in a large bowl. In a small saucepan over low heat, bring the cream to a simmer. Remove from heat and pour half the cream into the bowl. As the chocolate melts, slowly whisk the mixture together until smooth. Then gradually add the remaining cream until it’s completely incorporated and the ganache is thick and shiny.
- Form the truffles: Pour the ganache into a 2-inch-deep baking pan, spread evenly, and place in the freezer for 30 minutes or until set (it should have the consistency of fudge). Using a melon baller or a small spoon, form rounds and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. Let the truffles harden in the freezer for about 15 minutes. After removing truffles from the freezer, roll them between your hands into marble-size spheres, squeezing gently (try to do this quickly, otherwise they’ll become too soft). Dust the truffles with cocoa (see step 4) or coat them with chocolate first (they’ll hold their shape better in this case).
- Make the coating: Set the truffles in the freezer while you make the chocolate glaze. Place the remaining chocolate pieces in a large bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir occasionally, until the chocolate is completely melted. Remove from heat and let cool at room temperature, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate starts to set at the edge of the bowl. Drop the truffles into the melted chocolate and retrieve them with a fork, allowing any excess chocolate to drip off. Garnish immediately or leave the truffles plain and proceed to step 5.
- Garnish: For a nut garnish, roll the freshly coated truffles in a shallow dish of chopped nuts. For a sugar or cocoa garnish, set the freshly coated truffles on a plate and sift the garnish over them. Turn the truffles and sift again to cover completely.
- Storage: Place the truffles on a lined baking sheet and allow them to set in the refrigerator for 5 minutes. Truffles will keep for about 2 weeks, chilled or at room temperature, when stored in a tightly sealed container.
By Kay Chun, February 2001
- Per Serving
- Calories 70
- Calcium 7mg
- Carbohydrate 7g
- Cholesterol 7mg
- Fat 6g
- Fiber 1g
- Iron 1mg
- Protein 1mg
- Sat Fat 3g
- Sodium 3mg