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Truffles in an HOUR. No excuses…

truffles should be considered a luxury item…RIGHT ?not anymorenot in this house.i whipped these up in about an hour. now i’m in big trouble !we have a permanent container of truffles in the fridge. cute little truffle blocks…who says truffles need to be round ? they might look like a simple square of chocolate, but it’s actually smooth creamy dark …

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Black Magic Cake with Whipped Dark Chocolate Ganache

well…i can now cross the important DOUBLE LAYER CAKE off of my “bucket list”. believe it or not…i have never made a double layer cake from scratch.  i HAVE, of course, made a box cake or two back in the high school days, but fear of the ugly dry crumbly lopsided cake syndrome must have kept me from trying again. THIS ONE IS …

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White Chocolate Mud Cake with White Chocolate Glaze

MUD CAKE !!! WHITE CHOCOLATE MUD CAKE… RED WHITE AND BLUE…MUD CAKE looking for a good “party cake”?  this one does the trick feeds a crowd make the day before so no game-day worries slices beautifully with no mess and crumbles throw on some berries and offer ice cream…done deal for at least 16 people. the cake is only a …

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Dark Chocolate Goat Cheese Pink Peppercorn Truffles

sounds like an unlikely pair… GOAT CHEESE and CHOCOLATE ? beware… this is not your typical truffle… THAT’S WHY IT’S SO GOOD ! it totally works. i don’t know what brought this combo to mind, but here’s another  example of a bright idea that came to me in the middle of the night… i get out of bed to google the …

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Chocolate Covered Chicharrones

chocolate covered bacon?…no old news… CHOCOLATE COVERED CHICHARONES ! dare i say…BETTER THAN BACON ?! this is another one of those…“it cant be true”“no you didn’t !”“i don’t think so…” GIVE ME ANOTHER !…GIVE ME MORE ! these are a must for your Cinqo de Mayo festivities. SPICY CHOCOLATE COVERED CHICHARONESwith roasted salted almonds what you’ll need…chichaorones…the real ones are …

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Mexican Mole Truffles

authentic Mole usually has a zillion ingredients. with all it’s many layers of complex flavors, it seems to be one of the “mother sauces” of Mexican food AND everybody’s Mother has their own interpretation of this classic “mother sauce”. being that mole is well known for it’s chocolate enhancement… i thought why not make a MOLE TRUFFLE ? to keep …

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Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Another chocolate cookie recipe? Why, yes, another chocolate cookie recipe, because chocolate cookie recipes are like shoes – you can’t have too many and you need different ones for different occasions.  This particular cookie is especially well suited for a casual gathering of chocolate lovers.Adapted from Food and WineMakes about 3 dozen16 ounces semisweet OR bittersweet chocolate, chopped4 tablespoons (2 …

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Shichimi Togarashi Truffles with Toasted Sesame Seeds and Soy Sauce

the dark chocolate sushi experience… WHAT?… NO, there is not fish involved.i haven’t gone totally off the deep end. BUT… you won’t believe these truffles…spicy, sesame, soy with dark citrus chocolate?!ABSOLUTELY, UNBELIEVABLY DELICIOUS! i think i might have come up with something quite interesting this time.  it’s like a patron participation interactive truffle experience. the soy and toasted sesame hit …

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Moroccan Spiced Dark Chocolate Truffles with Fig Essence

i thought i had better give you something sweet.  i’ve been so elbow deep in pork bellies and other various savory goods lately that i’ve forgotten about all the wonderful delicious dark truffles i’ve made along the way.  these Moroccan inspired truffles were a big hit.  they came and went so fast i forgot to post about them. we’ve all …

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Best Black Bean Chocolate Cake…Gluten Free

here you have what i believe to be the BEST BLACK BEAN CHOCOLATE CAKE.in the world of diet conscious…GLUTEN FREE…waistline friendly treats…this dark chocolate ‘brownie cake’ is a winner.  even those not seeking “healthy foods” love this darn cake.  i’ve made it 4 times with a few variations.  you absolutely would not know there are black beans in this cake.  friends …

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