So, another Valentines Day has come and gone………We had a very lovely dinner of Lobster Mac and Cheese. I had been wanting to make this dish ever since I saw Ina Garten make it on the Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network several years back.
Confession time………..1. I am a total Food Network Junkie. I have been hooked on it from day one……2. I want to be the Barefoot Contessa.There is something about Ina Garten and her show that inspires me each and every time I watch it.
I wanted to make something special for Tim for Valentines dinner. Our local supermarket had lobster on sale, and we both love mac & cheese……..sooooo an idea was born! Lobster Mac and Cheese!
Now, when I say we love mac & cheese you must realize that what I am really speaking of is, of course………the boxed velveta & shells…………I know, I know, processed, out of the box……..but even us recipe creating, chefy, food bloggers sometimes just need a day off. Nothing fancy, easy, and lets be honest it really tastes good!!!!!!
But this was not the time for that, and I could not mix real lobster into boxed mac & cheese. So it had to be made from scratch.I tweaked the recipe I found on Food Network and I must say, the result almost put the velveta to shame…….OK it did!!! Continue reading “Lobster Mac and Cheese”
Well………… how nice that ‘Date Night Dinner’ is the day before Valentine’s Day…………I made this cookie last weekend and allI can say is, delicious. It has some of my favorite things………chocolate, raspberries, almonds……….and more chocolate. Bonus, it only serves two, so no leftovers…….wait!!!!!……. maybe not a bonus. Anyway, it was super easy to make, tastes like it took a lot of effort, and I think it looks like a million bucks.
Happy Hearts……..it’s almost Valentine’s Day! A day of hearts and romance and of course sweets. You really cannot have a Valentine’s Day celebration without something sweet. So, instead of the big red heart filled with “gamble” chocolate………you know the one where you aren’t sure what is on the inside until you bite it and then yuck…………I always got the one that had mystery filling, you know the one where you really can’t decide what the flavor is, but it’s off, and all you really wanted was the caramel or the vanilla buttercream.
Save yourself that horror and make these Red Velvet Truffles, then you know what the filling will be and you can be the “Queen”……or “King” of hearts. If you like red velvet cake these truffles will be right up your alley. They have that cakey cream cheese filling and are covered in a candy coating that is the perfect sweet for your sweetie!
4 red velvet cupcakes crumbled ( I used a box mix - replacing the oil with melted butter and doubling the amount, adding 1 extra egg, and replacing the water with buttermilk - after baking I froze the remaining cupcakes to use later)
3 ounces cream cheese
½ cup powdered sugar
8 ounces Ghirardelli white melting wafers
red food coloring
Make cupcakes according to instructions above and bake according to package directions.
Allow cupcakes to cool completely.
In a small bowl mix cream cheese and powdered sugar. Crumble the 4 cupcakes on top of cream cheese mixture and stir until throughly combined.
Using a small ice cream scoop (you can also use a spoon but the scoop insures uniform truffles) scoop mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper. Place in freezer for 1 hour.
For the coating melt the white melting wafers according to package directions in the microwave. Dip each truffle into the coating letting excess drip off. Place back on lined cookie sheet to dry.
Tint remaining coating with red food coloring to desired color. Place tinted coating in a ziploc bag and cut a small piece off the corner. Decorate truffles with any design you chose. Allow the coating to harden. You can make the truffles up to 3 days ahead and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.