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!!!

Graduation Cupcakes


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My oldest child, Lisa, graduated from High school this past Friday. What a milestone. As a parent, we are very proud when our children succeed and do well in school, but watching them walking up that stage is a feeling like no other. My heart was filled with lots of emotions: Pride, Joy and Sadness. I was proud, of course, of her and her accomplishments. I was happy to see her excitement when she received her diploma. And as you would imagine I was also a bit sad to realize that this young beautiful lady walking up that stage was my baby not too long ago, and that time has flown too quickly;-(

I am certain that if you have children, you have or will feel the same way I did. But for us, those feeling were even more important because she is and was the first person in our family to graduate from an American school!!! For my husband and I, this is something we had seen on TV until this past Friday. So it was very special to see our daughter walk that stage and receive her diploma;-) One that i will not forget!!!

Anyway, to celebrate this wonderful milestone, we had a few friends over for dinner. Nothing fancy, hamburgers, hot-dogs and a few other things. But for dessert, I had to make it special so we made:

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Blueberries and White chocolate mousse

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and Graduation Cupcakes.

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Ingredients for about 25 mini cupcakes:

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  • 1 cups of flour,
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar,
  •  3/4 tsp of baking soda,
  • 1/4 tsp of salt,
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened chocolate powder,
  • 1 egg at room temperature,
  • 1/2 stick of butter,
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar,
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract,
  • 1/2 cup of lukewarm water,
  • 1/4 cup of buttermilk.
  1. In a bowl, sieve the flour, baking soda, salt and chocolate powder, and set aside.
  2. In a mixer, place the butter and the granulated sugar and the brown sugar and beat until it becomes light and fluffy.
  3. Then add the egg and beat it in.
  4. Add the vanilla.
  5. In a bowl, mix the water and the buttermilk.
  6. Incorporate the flour mixture in three times, mixing in the water mixture in between each time.
  7. Beat at a very low-speed, just enough to mix the flour in well.
  8. Beat on high for a minute until all the ingredients have been incorporated.
  9. Empty the batter into a ziplock bag, cut a corner and fill each of the cupcake openings to about 2/3.
  10. I used the mini muffin tray from Demarle.
  11. I cooked the cupcakes 12 minutes. Let the cupcakes cool before piping the frosting.

Frosting:

  • 1 bag of bittersweet Guiradhelli chocolate chips,
  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter at room temperature,
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream,
  • 1/4 cup of sugar.
  1. Place the chocolate in a microwaveable bowl and heat the chocolate up for 90 seconds. Stir and cook it again for another 30 seconds. Repeat if necessary.
  2. Let the chocolate cool a bit, then add the butter and beat it.
  3. Add the sour cream and beat on high until it fluffed up. If it is still too soft, place it in the fridge for a few minutes to get cold.
  4. Take it back out and beat it to fluff it up.
  5. PLace the large round tip inside the pastry bag.
  6. Place the frosting in a pastry bag and pipe the frosting on top of the cupcakes.

For the Decoration:

  • 1 bag of large reese cups
  • 3 barks of bittersweet chocolate from ghiradhelli
  • one bag of M&M
  • Sour Patch candy
  • 1 square of vanilla chocolate bark
  1. Unwrap the reese cups. Then cut squares of chocolate of about 1 inch.
  2. Place a bit of the frosting on top of the Reese and place the chocolate square.
  3. With a bit of frosting, glue the M&M on top of the chocolate square.
  4. With scissors, cut small strips into the sour patch candy, and attach the strip onto the chocolate square to make it look like the tassel.
  5. Place the vanilla bark into a small container and microwave it for 20 seconds.
  6. Pour the chocolate into a small piping bag, or even into a ziploc bag and write the date of the graduation year.

Et voila!!! Enjoy!!!


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Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

 

Strawberry Cups


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I love summer because the fruits and vegetables are so yummy, and eating healthy is simple nature, not a task. Right now, here in the South, it is strawberry season. strawberries are sold everywhere, at the corner of intersections, at Farmer Markets, in stores and of course in Strawberry farms. Strawberries are so good and flavorful at this time of the year.  They are so sweet that eating them  by themselves is wonderful.

If you have guests however, presenting  sliced or diced strawberries in a cup can be a bit boring so I suggest that you present them in an eatable cup instead. For this recipe, here, for example, I used the recipe of the Tuiles I presented a few posts ago and I molded them inside the large cupcake.

The ingredients are changing slightly as we want them to be flavored with vanilla instead of almond:

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Ingredients for about 12 cups:

  • 2 egg whites at room temperature
  • 100 gr. or about 1/3 cup and 1 tbsp of white sugar
  • 35 gr. or about 2 1/2 tbsp of butter melted but cold
  • 35 gr. or about 2 1/2 tbsp. of flour
  • 1/2 tsp of of vanilla extract
  1. Turn the oven to 330.
  2. Place the butter in a microwavable bowl and cook for 30 seconds or until the butter is completely melted. Let it cool.
  3. In a bowl, beat the egg whites and the sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved, and the egg whites get a bit foamy.
  4. Add the butter, the flour and the vanilla extract and stir well.
  5. Place a large silpat on a large perforated sheet.
  6. Drop 2 tablespoons of the mixture on the silpat and with the back of the tablespoon spread the mixture out to make a circle of about 4-5  inches.
  7. Repeat to make about 4 circles per silpat. Do not make more than 4 per batch or the tuiles will cool off and you will not have time to shape them all if you make them too many
  8. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until the edges of the circles are becoming brown.
  9. Remove the perforated sheet from the oven. Wait a few seconds to let the cookie cool a bit or they will tear as you lift them. Do not wait more than a few seconds or they will cool too much and you will not be able to shape them.
  10. With the tip of a kitchen knife ( not sharp, You do not want to perfore the silpat), lift the side of the circle and pull it up carefully.
  11. Place the circle inside the large cupcake mold and with your fingers press the cookie inside the cup to lay the cookie flat and be careful not to tear it. Let it cool completely before lifting them from cupcake trayphoto 1
  12. Repeat steps 5-10 until you have used the whole batter.
  13. Keep the cups in an airtight container to keep them dry and crunchy.photo 2

You can use those cups with any fruits, but today I chose to fill them with fresh strawberries.

Ingredients for the Strawberry Salad for 4:

  • 1 pint of fresh strawberries diced thinly
  • 1 tbsp of fresh Meyer lemon juice
  • zest of one Meyer lemon
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  1. Clean the strawberries under running water
  2. dice them thinly, but cutting them in fourth and then in slices.
  3. place them in a bowl
  4. add the Meyer Lemon Juice, the zest and the sugar
  5. stir well.
  6. Decorate the plate by drizzling some strawberry syrup, spoon a bit of the strawberry salad in 4 cups. Sprinkle more lemon zest for decoration and serve right away.

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Sunshine on a plate;-) Yum!!!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!