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Hello All!  Welcome to Food ~ Flavor ~ Fun!

A place to find and share some great food ideas that are loaded with flavor, to be prepared and shared with family and friends to bring a lot of fun and joy into our lives.  I’m so glad you’ve joined me today.  Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

I haven’t done a dessert for a while.  So I thought I would throw something new and chocolate out there.  Have you heard of cake balls?  How about cookie balls?  Oh yeah, one step further.  These are a big hit with my son, as is anything full of chocolate.  Try this one for something new and different for a dinner party or dessert for a pot luck dinner.

Double Chocolate Coffee Oreo Truffles

Ingredients:

  • 1 (1 pound, 2 ounce) package Oreos with chocolate cream centers
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons espresso or dark roast coffee, ground to a very fine powder
  • 16 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons shortening (optional)
  • 1/3 cup white-chocolate chips

Directions:

In a food processor or blender, crush and process the cookies into fine crumbs in 2 batches.  Or place the cookies in a resealable plastic storage bag and crush with a rolling pin.  You want a crumb, not a powder.

Using an electric mixer or beating by hand in a bowl with a spoon, combine the cream cheese, cocoa powder and powdered sugar with the cookie crumbs until thoroughly mixed and a creamy dough forms.  There should be no traces of white cream cheese.

Using your hands, roll the dough into walnut-sized balls, approximately 3/4 inch in diameter.  Lightly roll each ball in ground espresso or coffee.  Roll the ball on a clean surface so that the coffee adheres to the dough.  Place the balls on a prepared cookie sheet.  Refrigerate or freeze the balls at least one hour.

Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave for 1 minute at medium (50%) to high power, then remove and stir.  Return mix to the microwave, heating for 10 – 15 second intervals and stirring 30 seconds between heating.  When most of the chips are melted, a final stirring should melt the remainder.  Do not overheat the chocolate or it will seize.

When ready to coat the cookie balls, remove them from the refrigerator or freezer.  Using a small fork, wooden skewer or chopstick, dip each Oreo ball into the melted chocolate, allowing the excess to drip back into the bowl.  Place the coated balls on wax paper.  If the chocolate in the bowl begins to stiffen, reheat it briefly in the microwave.  If it is too thick, reheat with a teaspoon or two of the shortening.

Let the coating harden at room temperature.  Mel the white-chocolate chips and drizzle over the tops of each candy.  May be served chilled or at room temperature.  Store covered in the refrigerator.  Enjoy!

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Categories : Drinks and Desserts
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Jul
08

Cranberry Muffins

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Hello All!  And welcome back to Food ~ Flavor ~ Fun!

This is a place to find and share some great food ideas that are loaded with flavor, to be prepared and shared with family and friends to bring a lot of fun, joy and great tastes into out lives.  Why?  ‘Cause few things in life beat a great tasting meal shared with friends.  I’m so glad your with me today.  Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

Today I’m going to share a muffin recipe that’s a little different.  It makes a nice change from Blueberry Muffins.  These are Cranberry Muffins.  Great color and great flavor.  Throw a batch of these in the oven and just wait for the others in your house to come with their noses leading them to the kitchen.  I like these for a breakfast or as part of a larger brunch service.  Give them a try!

Cranberry Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange rind

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Place paper cupcake liners in muffin tins; set aside.

Sift the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.  Make a well in the center of the dry mixture.

In a separate bowl, combine the orange juice, eggs, and melted butter.  Pour the liquid mixture into the well of the dry mixture.  Stir until dry ingredients are just moistened.  Batter may be a little lumpy.  Do not over-mix or texture will be tough.  Fold in remaining ingredients.

Fill each cupcake liner 2/3 full.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the upper third of the oven, until golden brown.  Place muffins tin on a rack to cool.  After 5 minutes, remove muffins from tin and continue cooling on rack.

May be served warm or room temperature.  Freeze well.  Makes about 16 muffins.  Enjoy!

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Categories : Breads and Muffins
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Hello All!  And welcome to Food ~ Flavor ~ Fun! 

A great place to find and share some excellent food ideas that are loaded with flavor, to be prepared and shared with family and friends, to bring a lot of fun, joy and great taste into all our lives.  I’m so glad your here…Welcome, Welcome, Welcome!

Today I’m going to share a main course that I one of my wife’s favorites.  Not my daughters’, she’s anti-fish, anti-seafood.   Anyway, this one is real easy.  And with a french touch, it’s all in the sauce baby.  When preparing most seafood, there is little need for heavy seasoning.  You want the taste of the seafood to be what carries the meal.  This one is no different.  The sauce is light, but full of great flavor and helps bring out the richness of a great piece of salmon.  Choose a nice, thick filet.  Ask to smell it befire you purchase.  Fresh fish does not smell too fishy.  The best way to great flavor is to start with good ingredients.  All of the ingredients listed should be fresh…no dried from a bottle.  Start the sauce before the fish.  The sauce takes longer to cook and it just needs to be kept warm after it’s done.  So here we go….

Grilled Salmon with Lemon Butter Tarragon Sauce

Ingredients:

Salmon

  • 4 – 6 (8 ounce) Salmon fillets
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F.  Preheat a grill to high heat.

 Season the fish with olive oil, and salt and pepper.  Grill on both sides until the fish has clear grill marks, about 6 mins per side.  Remove from the grill, place on a sheet pan, and finish in the oven.

Lemon Butter Tarragon Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus ½ cup cold unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup chardonnay
  • 2 tablespoons chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  •  juice of 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup packed chopped tarragon
  • 2 tablespoons packed chopped parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions:

In a small pan, over medium heat, sweat the shallots in 1 tablespoon of the butter.  Add the wine stock, vinegar, and lemon juice.  Reduce the heat and simmer until reduced by half.

 Stir in 3 tablespoons cream.  Add half of the tarragon.  Whisk in the cold butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, strain.  Yo will have a nice creamy sauce.  Add the remaining tarragon and chopped parsley.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Plate your grilled salmon and pour a bit of the sauce over the top.  Enjoy!

I’d love to hear from you!  Please let me know how these recipes work for you by using the comment box.  Or if you’d like, send me an email at foodflavorfun@foodflavorfun.com.

I hope you’ll come back often and try many of the great recipes available.  Tell you friends about the site!  Help me spread the word about Food ~ Flavor ~ Fun!

You can also find my podcast on iTunes.  Look it up and join me in making and sharing some great tasting meals.

Bye for now!

Categories : Main Courses
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