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Posts for February 10th 2011
Valentine's Day falls on a Monday this year, so why not take some time on Sunday to make a special lunch for your sweetheart? Pack a delicious salad or sandwich and a bag full of these addictive chocolate ganache thumbprint cookies. They're simple to make but require time for the dough to chill. The ganache is seasoned with vanilla bean resulting in a very smooth, rich, and delightful filling. I highly recommend you make a batch of these scrumptious cookies. Check out the recipe now.
From Martha Stewart
Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
2 teaspoons coarse salt
8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/3 cups sugar, plus more for rolling
2 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Chocolate and Vanilla-Bean Ganache
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped, pod reserved
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into pieces and softened
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift flour, cocoa powder, and salt into a small bowl.
- Cream butter and sugar with a mixer until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to medium, and add yolks, cream, and vanilla. Scrape sides of bowl. Beat in flour mixture until just combined.
- Roll balls using 2 teaspoons dough for each, and roll each in sugar. Place 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. With the handle of a wooden spoon, press gently in the center of each to create an indentation.
- Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until cookies are just set, about 10 minutes. (If indentations lose definition, press centers again.) Let cool slightly on baking sheets. Transfer cookies to wire racks, and let cool.
- Meanwhile, make the ganache: combine honey, cream, and vanilla seeds and pod in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, and cook, stirring until honey dissolves. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 20 minutes.
- Place chocolate in a food processor. Return cream mixture to a simmer, then strain through a fine sieve. Discard solids.
- Pour cream mixture over chocolate, and let stand for 1 minute. Process until smooth. Add butter, and continue to process, scraping down sides occasionally, until butter is incorporated. Let cool slightly, and then use immediately.
- Spoon warm ganache into center of each cookie. Let stand until firm, about 15 minutes. Cookies will keep, covered, for up to 3 days.
Makes 90 cookies.
The Governors Ball, the swanky official Oscars afterparty, is still a couple weeks away, but we're already dreaming about the decadent menu, festive drinks, and glitzy decor. PopSugar was lucky enough to attend a sneak peek of the bash — stay tuned for their behind-the-scenes video, and in the meantime, click through for a delicious preview of the menu and decor!
The iconic blue box of macaroni and cheese has got a new look. Kraft Foods and design firm Landor Associates have revealed an updated package for the wildly popular Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. The box is still blue, but it has a noodle smile that will become an extension of the brand's new multimillion-dollar advertising campaign.
For well-known food products like Kraft's Mac and Cheese, a redesigned box can be a risky move. In 2009, Tropicana attempted to change its orange juice cartons but ditched the new logo due to customer backlash. However, I think the new look is fun and modern and have a feeling it will be a success. How do you feel about it?
The always entertaining Stefan Richter is back! Here are his thoughts on this week's Top Chef All-Stars. Take it away chef!
Hello Everybody: This will be short and sweet. Before I start blogging I have to say I love Tabatha Salon Takeovers; she makes me laugh a lot and she hates to be called sweetheart. So do I.
Three-day trip to Napa? Really? That's something new. Fondue. I make fondue in my restaurants sometimes. Dale funny guy, PHOONDUE, love it, he has gone from child to grown up. Ohhh pobresito: Angelo making things that are too complicated (that's something new). Blais, I know you hitting on my man, but great idea, I like it. I will put that on my menu next week. Goat cheese, barf hate it, can't stand goat cheese. Carla screwed up, it's very funky looking. Antonia is ratting on Mike Isabella. It is down to the wire. They all look tired and over it.
Today the news broke that chefs Marcus Samuelsson, Aaron Sanchez, and Chris Cosentino are adding shoe designer to their résumés. The trio have teamed up with Mozo shoes, a brand that makes slip-resistant shoes, to launch a special footwear collection, called Sharkz. Each shoe will represent the personality and background of the chefs, and they'll retail for $60-$70. While chefs designing products is nothing new — it seems as if every celebrity chef has a personal line of pots, pans, or knifes — I'm wondering who purchases these products. Do you buy cookware or clothes that are designed by chefs?