Monday, December 26, 2016

Bacon Swiss Poppy Seed Salad

1/2 tsp grated fresh onion
1/2 tsp prepared mustard
2 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp rice vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp poppy seeds
1 head green leaf lettuce
1 head red leaf lettuce
2 cups grated Swiss cheese
3/4 lbs crispy-cooked, and crumbled bacon


Combine grated fresh onion, mustard, sugar, rice vinegar, olive oil, salt, and poppy seeds in a container. I plopped them in a blender bottle, shook it like a polaroid picture.

Chop your heads of green and red leaf lettuce- into fork manageable pieces. Top lettuce with Swiss cheese, bacon, and poppy seed dressing. Then toss to combine, and enjoy!

This recipe is EASILY doubled, and will go fast in a crowd. Even in a crowd of non-green salad loving Mormons. In fact, the original recipe I was given was doubled, and filled a GIANT bowl. however, this recipe fit nicely into a casserole dish for our Christmas Dinner for six, with no leftovers-  I took one for the team and finished it off. You will NOT regret making this salad.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Hot Chocolate Truffles

recipe adapted from Your Cup of Cake
2 3/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Cocoa Powder

In a medium sized pot, melt all of the ingredients over medium-low heat stirring constantly until smooth.
Remove from heat, and transfer to a separate container. Let cool in the refrigerator until stiff enough to scoop.
Using a small cookie scoop (2 Tbsp/1 ounce/30 mL), scoop your ganache onto a parchment lined baking sheet, and place in the freezer for half an hour.
Remove scoops from freezer, and shape into (pretty) balls with your hands. Roll truffles in cocoa powder, and keep chilled until ready to use.

Place truffle in bottom of cup, and pour 6 to 8 oz of hot milk over the top. Stir stir stir and enjoy!


Candy Cane
Use 2 teaspoons of peppermint extract in place of vanilla.
Roll in crushed candy canes.

Chocolate Orange
Use 1 Tablespoon of orange extract in place of vanilla.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup
Use 2 Cups Reese's Peanut Butter Chips & 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Roll in 2 parts cocoa powder to 1 part PB2.

Extra Dark Milk Chocolate
Use Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate Chips & 1/2 teaspoon salt