Strawberries Balls for The Super Bowl


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What type of food are you offering your guests for Super bowl??? Well, if I were hosting, I would be making all kinds of food… But I am not. We will be joining some friends of ours. So Guess what??? I will only be making a few things. Mini Pretzels, Mustard, Ham and Cheese Pretzels Bites and Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

I will be posting those recipes very soon. But today I am just going to share with you the easiest of all desserts: Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

All you need is good quality Chocolate, and fresh strawberries.

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Ingredients for 1 box of chocolate or about 30 strawberries:

  • 1 box of strawberries
  • 6 oz. of bittersweet chocolate from Ghiradhelli
  • 1 0z of white chocolate

I love the Ghiradhelli Chocolate because it is the ONLY chocolate that will melt perfectly to a liquid form in the microwave so Do not use Hershey, or Nestlé. The chocolate will not melt unless you add butter.

  1. Place the chocolate chips in a small bowl. Place the chocolate chips in the microwave for 90 seconds. Stir and place it back into the microwave for 5 to 10 seconds if needed.
  2. Take one strawberry at a time, and dip it in the chocolate. Place the chocolate onto a large silpat that you would have previously placed on a perforated sheet for support. Repeat until it is done.IMG_4471
  3. Place the strawberries into the fridge to cool. When the chocolate has settled.
  4. Place the white chocolate into a small container and melt it the microwave for a few seconds ( 30 seconds). It should soft to the fingers. IMG_4532
  5. Pour the melted chocolate into a small plastic bag. Push the chocolate to the end of the plastic bag.IMG_4533
  6. Cut the tip and draw lines on the strawberries to make it look like the football.IMG_4473
  7. Place the strawberries back into the fridge to cool. Et voila!!!IMG_4519

 

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Football Strawberries for Super Bowl

  • Servings: 10
  • Difficulty: Super Easy
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Ingredients for 1 box of chocolate or about 30 strawberries:

  • 1 box of strawberries
  • 6 oz. of bittersweet chocolate from Ghiradhelli
  • 1-0z of white chocolate
  • 1 plastic bag

I love the Ghiradhelli Chocolate because it is the ONLY chocolate that will melt perfectly to a liquid form in the microwave so Do not use hershey, or Nestlé.

  1. Place the chocolate chips in a small bowl. Place the chocolate chips in the microwave for 90 seconds. Stir and place it back into the microwave for 5 to 10 seconds if needed.
  2. Take one strawberry at a time and dip it in the chocolate. Place the chocolate onto a large silpat that you would have previously placed on a perforated sheet. Repeat until it is done.
  3. Place the strawberries into the fridge to cool. When the chocolate has settled.
  4. Place the white chocolate into a small container and melt it it the microwave for a few seconds ( 30 seconds).
  5. Pour the melted chocolate into a small plastic bag. Push the chocolate to the end of the plastic bag.
  6. Cut the tip and draw lines on the strawberries to make it look like the football.
  7. Place the strawberries back into the fridge to cool. Et voila!!!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Super Bowl Appetizers Cooking Class


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<< Are >>

you

READY

FOR SOME

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Super Bowl Appetizers Cooking Class

Join me for a Fun Cooking Class 

where

You will learn and sample

Fun and Easy Appetizers and Bite-size recipes

For 

The Next Super Bowl Party

The class will take place on

Sunday, January 31st

3:00-5:00

At

116 Shoreham Rd, Spartanburg, SC 29307

Menu:
Raspberry Chipotle Beef meatballs
Bacon Barbecue chicken bites
Stuffed Sweet Peppers
Pretzels bites
Spinach Dip Cups
Pizza Pockets
Deflated chocolate bites
Or cookie cake
Chocolate covered strawberries

 

$25 per person, or free if placing a Demarle order of +$60.

Please RSVP by the 30th to confirm your spot

at cecile.cuisine@yahoo.com or call, or text 1-864-494-4494

Garlic Smashed Potatoes


 

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When you are married to a German man, and he wants to eat potatoes every evening, or almost every evening, you start being creative on fixing those potatoes. I either use recipes from families, and friends, or make up my own. The recipe that I am presenting to you today was inspired by one that I had seen on pinterest.

I cannot recall which recipe it was, nor who posted it, but I wanted to share with you my twist on it. As it is easy as 1, 2, 3 and it is really delicious!!!!

Ingredients for 4:

  • a bag of small new potatoes
  • olive oil
  • sea salt
  • 2 tbsp of chopped parsley
  • 1 large clove of garlic or 2 small ones

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  1. Place the potatoes in the sink and with a small bruch, clean them well.IMG_3068
  2. Steam the potatoes for 6 minutes or until  they are somewhat cooked. I use my demarle cookware because it makes my life easy, but you can use any steamer to steam your potatoes.
  3. If using the demarle cookware, place the potatoes inside the large round mold and place the octagonal silpat on top of it. Place the round mold in the microwave and cook the potatoes for 6 minutes. They should be soft, but still firm.IMG_3072
  4. Now, it is time to smash your potatoes. Get a cookie sheet ready by placing a parchment paper, or if you are using a silpat, place the silpat on top of a perforated sheet. Take one potato and smash it with a palm of your hand. I use either a kitchen towel to protect my hand from the heat, or my octagonal silpat.IMG_3107 2IMG_3108 2
  5. Place the smash potato on the cookie sheet, or silpat and repeat until you have exhausted all potatoes.IMG_3074
  6. With a knife or  chopper, chop the parsley and the garlic very thinly. I used my Demarle chopper and it does a great job!!!In the demarle chopper, place 1/4 cup of olive oil, the garlic, fresh parsley and chop it all until you have a paste.IMG_3109 2
  7. Either with the brush or with a spoon, top each potato with the mixture. Then sprinkle some sea salt and black pepper.IMG_3075IMG_3110 2
  8. Place the potatoes into the oven at 400 and cook them for 15 minutes.IMG_3078

Enjoy!!!

( I don’t usually eat potatoes, but it was very hard to resist those, they were so yummy!!! The garlic gets crunchy, a true “delice”)

Parsley and Roasted Garlic Smashed Potatoes

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Super Easy
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Ingredients for 6-8:

  • a bag of small new potatoes
  • olive oil
  • sea salt
  • 2 tbsp of chopped parsley
  • 1 large clove of garlic or 2 small ones
  1. Place the potatoes in the sink and with a small bruch, clean them well.
  2. Steam the potatoes for 6 minutes or until they are somewhat cooked. I use my demarle cookware because it makes my life easy, but you can use any steamer to steam your potatoes.
    If using the demarle cookware, place the potatoes inside the large round mold and place the octagonal silpat on top of it. Place the round mold in the microwave and cook the potatoes for 6 minutes. They should be soft, but still firm.
  3. Now, it is time to smash your potatoes. Get a cookie sheet ready by placing a parchment paper, or if you are using a silpat, place the silpat on top of a perforated sheet.
  4. Take one potato and smash it with a palm of your hand. I use either a kitchen towel to protect my hand from the heat, or my octagonal silpat.
  5. Place the smash potato on the cookie sheet, or silpat and repeat until you have exhausted all potatoes.
  6. With a knife or chopper, chop the parsley and the garlic very thinly. I used my Demarle chopper and it does a great job!!!In the demarle chopper, place 1/4 cup of olive oil, the garlic, fresh parsley and chop it all until you have a paste.
  7. Either with the brush or with a spoon, top each potato with the mixture. Then sprinkle some sea salt and black pepper.
  8. Place the potatoes into the oven at 400 and cook them for 15 minutes.
    Enjoy!!!

( I don’t usually eat potatoes, but it was very hard to resist those, they were so yummy!!! The garlic gets crunchy, a true “delice”)

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Cooking Classes for January


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Cooking classes are always a lot of fun. It is a fun time with great people and you will learn to cook an entire meal from appetizers to dessert. Join me for one of more cooking classes this month.

Saturday, January 16th 2:00-4:00pm Children Cooking Class. Winter Fun

Tuesday, January 19th 6:30-8:30pm Easy Dinner Ideas

Saturday, January 23rd Children Cooking Class. Easy Dinner Ideas.

Tuesday, January 26th Easy Dinner Ideas

Saturday, January 30th Children Cooking Class. Valentine Treats

 Menu of The Easy Dinner Ideas

Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Bacon

Tappenade Pinwheel

Swedish Meatballs

Steamed Rice

Frangipane ( or Almond PAste ) Torte

In this class format, you will have a chance to sit, relax and learn many tips from your instructor. I will demonstrate how to make the recipes and you will enjoy a generous tasting of all the recipes we are making.

( For regulars $25. The fee is waived if a purchase of Demarle cookware is placed of +$60). Does not apply to the class at the Culinary Hub.

You may RSVP at cecile.cuisine@yahoo.com
or
call 864-494-4494.

Pumpkin Praline Cupcakes


 

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How was your thanksgiving?? I must say that mine was great!! I really enjoyed my time  off, and I will tell you that it will be hard tomorrow to get back to work. But good things always come to an end, that is how we get to appreciate them.

For Thanksgiving, I only got to prepare appetizers and desserts, and I had much fun Wednesday spending my day in the kitchen listening to Christmas tune and cooking.

I made :

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  • Vanilla CheesecakesIMG_3557
  • Raspberry. Lemon Mousse CakesIMG_3542
  • Chocolate Feuille D’automneIMG_3549
  • Lemon TartsIMG_3514
  • and Pumpkin Praline Cupcakes IMG_3555

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Most of the desserts can be served at all times of the year besides maybe the Pumpkin Cupcakes and that is why I decided that I would share the recipe of them today. It is a easy, quick recipe that is very very flavorful.

The batter of the cupcakes is similar to the Pumpkin Roll that I make, and the frosting is also similar to the Praline Cupcakes that i also make. I love both flavors together, they marry well. However, you could stay with a Vanilla flavored Frosting for a more subdue frosting.  If you did not like the spices in the cupcakes batter, you could also do without. Just an idea.

I must say that the cupcakes taste better the day that they are made. They are soft, very moist. They still will taste good the days that follow, but they will have a much more dense texture. 

Ingredients for about 35+ Mini- Cupcakes:

  • 1 ¾ cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of Clover powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon fine salt
  • One 15-ounce can pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Pie Crust Hearts:

  • Half a rolled pie crust
  • Milk, for brushing
  • Granulated sugar, for sprinkling

Filling:

  • 8 oz of cream cheese,
  • 6 tbsp of butter at room temperature,
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract,
  • 1/4 cup of sugar.
  • 1/2 cup of firmly packed brown sugar,
  • 2 tbsp. of heavy cream.
  1. Turn your oven  to 350 degrees F. Place the mini cupcakes mold onto a medium perforated sheet and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, the sugar, the spices, baking powder and salt together.IMG_3490
  3. In another bowl, mix the pumpkin puree, the melted butter, eggs, milk and vanilla.
  4. Gently fold the flour mixture into the wet pumpkin mixture until just incorporated.IMG_3491
  5. Fill the wells up to about 3/4.IMG_3492
  6. Bake the cupcakes for about 15 minutes or until the tops spring back when pressed. Let the muffins cool in the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  7. While the muffins are cooling, cut out as many hearts as you need to decorate the top of each cupcakes.IMG_3501
  8. When placing them onto the medium silpat that you would have placed onto a medium perforated sheet, stretch them a bit so that they will appear longer.
  9. Brush each with milk, and sprinkle generously with granulated sugar.IMG_3502
  10. Bake until deep golden brown, 10 minutes at the most.
  11. Once cooked, set them aside to cool.
  12. For the topping, first prepare the caramel.  In a small saucepan, place the cream and the brown sugar, and cook until it is bubbling and the sugar dissolves.
  13. Empty the caramel into the small round flexiform and place it in the fridge for the caramel to cool.
  14. In a bowl of an electric mixer, place the cream cheese, the butter, the vanilla, the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add the sugar a little at a time and mix until it is well combined. Set aside.IMG_3517
  15. When the caramel is cold, empty it into the cream cheese frosting. With a spatula, fold the caramel into the frosting slowly but do not combine!IMG_3518
  16. With a small teaspoon, top each cupcake with the frosting.IMG_3519
  17. Then gently push a pie crust Heart into the frosting of each cupcake, and serve. Et voila!IMG_3525

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Pumpkin Praline Cupcakes

  • Servings: 24-30
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients for about 35+ Mini- Cupcakes:

  • 1 ¾ cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of Clover powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon fine salt
  • One 15-ounce can pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Pie Crust Hearts:

  • Half a rolled pie crust
  • Milk, for brushing
  • Granulated sugar, for sprinkling

Filling/Topping:

  • 8 oz of cream cheese,
  • 6 tbsp of butter at room temperature,
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract,
  • 1/4 cup of sugar.
  • 1/2 cup of firmly packed brown sugar,
  • 2 tbsp. of heavy cream.
  1. Turn your oven to 350 degrees F. Place the mini cupcakes mold onto a medium perforated sheet and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, the sugar, the spices, baking powder and salt together.
  3. In another bowl, mix the pumpkin puree, the melted butter, eggs, milk and vanilla. Gently fold the flour mixture into the wet pumpkin mixture until just incorporated. Fill the wells up to about 3/4.
  4. Bake the cupcakes for about 15 minutes or until the tops spring back when pressed. Let the muffins cool in the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  5. While the muffins are cooling, cut out as many hearts as you need to decorate the top of each cupcakes. When placing them onto the medium silpat that you would have placed onto a medium perforated sheet, stretch them a bit so that they will appear longer. Brush each with milk, and sprinkle generously with granulated sugar. Bake until deep golden brown, 10. Once cooked, set them aside to cool.
  6. For the topping, first prepare the caramel. In a small saucepan, place the cream and the brown sugar, and cook until it is bubbling and the sugar dissolves. Empty the caramel into the small round flexiform and place it in the fridge for the caramel to cool. In a bowl of an electric mixer, place the cream cheese, the butter, the vanilla, the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add the sugar a little at a time and mix until it is well combined. Set aside.When the caramel is cold, empty it into the cream cheese frosting. With a spatula, fold the caramel into the frosting slowly but do not combine!
  7. With a small teaspoon, top each cupcake with the frosting. Then gently push a pie crust Heart into the frosting of each cupcake, and serve. Et voila!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving


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To all my readers, friends and family, I would like to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy your day to the best, and enjoy the company of your family and friends. I would also like to send you my warm thanks for allowing me to touch your lives through cooking. Happy Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

With love,

Cecile and family

Cranberry and Apple Normand Tart


 

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I never have to pleasure to host Thanksgiving, because I am in charge of Christmas dinner every year, but also because my sister-in-law, the only born American in our family, wants to make sure that by hosting it, it will be a true one, with a Turkey, and the potatoes and the dressing.

So this leaves me with making appetizers, desserts and sometimes sides. Every year, I scratch my head trying to figure out what I will be bringing. I have yet to think about the appetizers, but I think that I know what I will be bringing: Feuille d’automne, Tart Tatin and Apple and Cranberry Normand Tart.

This evening, I would like to share with you the Apple and Cranberry tart that I will be serving. It is very different that anything I have eaten before, but it is very good, very filling however. The great part about this dessert is that you can substitute the apples with any fruits that strike you fancy. The recipe was adapted from a recipe from Stephane Glacier called Tarte Normande.

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Ingredients for a large tart of about 12-16 persons:

Ingredients for the pie shell:

  • 250 gr. of flour
  • 188 gr. of butter at room temperature ( should be soft to the touch).
  • 7.5 gr. of salt
  • 50 gr. of milk
  • 10 gr. of egg yolks
  • 15 gr. of sugar

Ingredients for the apple mixture:

  • 1000 gr. of apples peeled and sliced in 8. 
  • 80 gr of butter
  • 120 gr. of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp of cinnamon 

Ingredients for the normande filling:

also 1 cup of cranberry

  • 225 gr. of eggs
  • 275 gr. of sugar
  • 38 gr. of sugar
  • 190 gr. of melted butter

Ingredients for Mascarpone Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 1/2 of a mascarpone container ( if you do not have container, substitute with 1/2 cup of cream cheese).
  • seeds of a vanilla bean, or 1 tbsp of vanilla extract. 
  • 2-4 tbsp  of sugar.

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  1. You will want to get the pie crust done first. In a mixer place the flour, salt and soft butter and mix well until you have a crumble texture.IMG_0180
  2. Then add the other ingredients and mix well until you have an even texture dough.IMG_0181
  3. Place the dough into a plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.IMG_0182
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the apples. Peel and slice the apples and set them aside.IMG_0185
  5. In a large saucepan, melt the butter and when the butter is sizzling, add the sliced apples.
  6. Then add the cinnamon and the sugar and bring to boil.IMG_0187
  7. Cook the apples for 10 minutes. Then pour the apples into the large round mold and place them into the oven at a temperature 450 of  for another 10 minutes.IMG_0188
  8. When the apples have cooked, remove them from the oven and let them cool.
  9. Take the dough out, place it in between two roulpats (or in between 2 plastic wrap if you do not have a roulpat) and roll it out in a 12-14 inch circle. Place it back into the fridge to cool before placing it into the tart pan.
  10. Meanwhile, prepare the mixture that you will be drizzling over the apples. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients for the normande filling. Set aside.IMG_0190
  11. Take the dough back out, and gently peel the pie crust off the roulpat and place it onto the grande round ( if you do have a grande round, use a 12 inch round tart mold) that you would have placed onto a medium perforated sheet. Pat the dough down to make sure that it is fitting perfectly inside the tart pan. With a fork, prick the dough all over.
  12. Drain the apples from its juice, and spread them out evenly onto the pie crust.IMG_0189
  13. Disperse 1 cup of fresh cranberries on top of the apples.
  14. Pour the normande mixture over the apples, and cook the tart for 50 minutes at 350.IMG_0191IMG_0212
  15. Prepare the mascarpone whipped cream. In a mixer, place the cream, the vanilla seeds and the sugar, and beat the cream until it is getting thicker, but it is still runny. Add the mascarpone cheese, or the softened cream cheese and beat until it makes hard peaks. Place the cream into a container and keep it cool until you are ready to serve the pie.IMG_0192
  16. Let the tart cool completely before eating. Serve with Mascarpone Whipped Cream. Yum, Yum!!!IMG_0214

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

 

Cranberry and Apple Normande Tart

  • Servings: 12-16
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients for a large tart of about 12-16 persons:

Ingredients for the pie shell:

  • 250 gr. of flour
  • 188 gr. of butter at room temperature ( should be soft to the touch).
  • 7.5 gr. of salt
  • 50 gr. of milk
  • 10 gr. of egg yolks
  • 15 gr. of sugar

Ingredients for the apple mixture:

  • 1000 gr. of apples peeled and sliced in 8.
  • 80 gr of butter
  • 120 gr. of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp of cinnamon

Ingredients for the normande filling:

also 1 cup of cranberries

  • 225 gr. of eggs
  • 275 gr. of sugar
  • 38 gr. of sugar
  • 190 gr. of melted butter

Ingredients for Mascarpone Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 1/2 of a mascarpone container ( if you do not have container, substitute with 1/2 cup of cream cheese).
  • seeds of a vanilla bean, or 1 tbsp of vanilla extract.
  • 2-4 tbsp of sugar.
  1. You will want to get the pie crust done first. In a mixer place the flour, salt and soft butter and mix well until you have a crumble texture.
  2. Then add the other ingredients and mix well until you have an even texture dough.
  3. Place the dough into a plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the apples. Peel and slice the apples and set them aside.
  5. In a large saucepan, melt the butter and when the butter is sizzling, add the sliced apples. Then add the cinnamon and the sugar and bring to boil.
  6. Cook the apples for 10 minutes. Then pour the apples into the large round mold and place them into the oven at a temperature 450 of for another 10 minutes.
  7. When the apples have cooked, remove them from the oven and let them cool.
  8. Take the dough out, place it in between two roulpat, or in between 2 plastic wrap if you do not have a roulpat, and roll it out in a 12-14 inch circle. Place it back into the fridge to cool before placing it into the tart pan.
  9. Meanwhile, prepare the mixture that you will be drizzling over the apples. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients for the normande filling and set it aside until you are ready to use it.
  10. Take the dough back out, gently peel it off the roulpat, and place it onto the grande round ( if you do have a grande round, use a 12 inch round tart mold). Pat the dough down to make sure that it is fitting perfectly inside the tart pan. With a fork, prick the dough all over. Drain the apples from its juice, and spread them out evenly onto the pie crust.
  11. Disperse 1 cup of fresh cranberries on top of the apples.
  12. Pour the normande mixture over the apples, and cook the tart for 50 minutes at 350.
  13. Prepare the mascarpone whipped cream. In a mixer, place the cream the vanilla seeds and the sugar, and beat the cream until it is getting thicker, but it is runny. Add the mascarpone cheese, or the softened cream cheese and beat until it makes hard peaks. Place the cream into a container and keep it cool until ready to serve the pie.
  14. Let the tart cool completely before eating. Serve with Mascarpone Whipped Cream. Yum, Yum!!!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!