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COOKING VIDEO: How To Make Homemade Chocolate Truffles

 

We just reviewed delicious honey-sweetened truffles (honey-sweetened chocolate) from Catskill Provisions as a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week.

If you’d like to make your own honey truffles, Chef Alex Guaranaschelli shows you how easy it is in this video.

You may enjoy truffle making so much that you’ll have solved your year-round gift giving challenge.

   

   

The History Of Chocolate Truffles.

The Truffle Confusion: Why Other Types Of Chocolates Are Also Called Truffles.

Truffles Versus Pralines

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FOOD HOLIDAY: National Angel Food Cake Day

 

Calling all cake lovers: October 10th is National Angel Food Cake.

An angel food cake is a light, flourless affair made with sugar, a dozen or so egg whites, cream of tartar (which increases the heat tolerance and volume of the egg whites) plus vanilla or almond extract and salt.

It is also a gluten-free cake.

Angel food cake is generally made in a tube pan and served with berries and whipped cream. But Martha Stewart makes a much more elaborate creation, perhaps the best angel food cake recipe concept.

Watch her prepare it in this video: a two-layer angel food cake filled and iced with whipped cream and berries.

For a variation, you can substitute banana slices or pineapple for the berries. For a lemony angel food cake, substitute lemon extract for the vanilla/almond extract and add lemon zest to the whipped cream.

   

   

Find more of our favorite cakes and recipes.

See all the different cake types in our Cake Glossary.

Try this recipe for grilled angel food cake.

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COOKING VIDEO: Chef Marcus Samuelsson Makes Gourmet Mac & Cheese

 

To make mac and cheese from scratch, there’s no better demonstrator than the buoyant and charming Marcus Samuelsson, one of America’s most popular chefs.

Chef Samuelsson grew up in Sweden. There he had meat balls with noodles, but didn’t discover macaroni and cheese until he moved to the U.S.

“You learn a dish, and then you want to do your own take,” says Samuesson. He tweaked the recipe into a hearty entrée: creamy, crispy and crunchy. “This is not a side dish, this is a meal by itself,” says the chef.

Samuelsson’s take on mac and cheese includes red onion, white Cheddar, Parmesan and toasted bread crumbs, a dish seasoned with garlic and marjoram. And bacon: “It just adds something to this dish that makes it smokier, a little bit saltier, a really nice flavor.”

   

   

MORE MAC & CHEESE

  • Award-winning gourmet macaroni and cheese recipes
  • The history of macaroni and cheese, and Ronald Reagan’s recipe
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    MORE MARCUS SAMUELSSON

    We recently read Marcus Samuelsson’s memoir, Yes, Chef.

    It’s an inspirational book for anyone who aspires to cook professionally and for foodies who admire the work of fine chefs. For those who are early in their careers in any industry, it’s packed with many teaching moments about hard work and a can-do attitude.

    Get your copy.

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    COOKING VIDEO: Easy Homemade Applesauce Recipe

     

    With all the lovely apples piled high in markets, it’s time to make homemade applesauce. Homemade applesauce is so head and shoulders above store-bought, that you’ve got to try it at least once.

    In the video below, the cook doesn’t core the apples. Instead, the apple cores, seeds and all, go into the pot.

  • We prefer to core the apples first. Either way, keep the skins on for a lovely pink color.
  • Then cook them down and run them through a food mill.
  • Next, sweeten to taste. Another benefit of making your own: You can use a low glycemic sweetener, like agave nectar; or use a noncaloric sweetener.
  • You can personalize the recipe by varying the spices. Some people use only cinnamon. Others add some allspice, clove, nutmeg or a combination.
  • You can also add a second fruit to the mix: Try 25% pears or raspberries, for example.
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    WHAT TYPE OF APPLE SHOULD YOU USE?

    It’s a matter of taste, and you can try different varieties. We prefer a tart apple for more complex flavor. But we like red skin to add color and flavor to the sauce, so we bypass the popular (and easy-to-find) Granny Smiths.

    Instead, we look for Braeburn, Jonagold, McIntosh, Northern Spy, Paula Red and Stayman varieties.

    You may like your homemade applesauce so much that you’ll consider giving it as holiday gifts. Applesauce freezes nicely.

       

       

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    COOKING VIDEO: Chocolate Black Russian “Cocktail” Recipe

     

    Our Top Pick Of The Week is Adult Chocolate Milk: a pour-and-serve combination that tastes like chocolate milk with a shot of vodka. It rocks!

    What if you’re jonesing for a shot or two, but don’t have Adult Chocolate Milk?

    If you have chocolate ice cream, coffee liqueur and vodka, you can make this Chocolate Black Russian, a cross between a cocktail and a milkshake.

    Serve it for dessert. You can vary the recipe with flavored vodka: cherry, coffee, orange, raspberry and vanilla vodkas work well in this recipe.

    Your next “ice cream social” will be a lot more social when you serve this!

       

       

    Find more of our favorite cocktail and ice cream recipes.

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