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Oreo Truffles! February 6, 2014

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Oreo truffles

My coworker made these for us for the holidays and I’ve cursed her for it ever since!  They are decadent, delicious and so easy to make that you just have to try it yourself.

Ingredients:

1 bag of Oreos

1 package of cream cheese

Semi sweet chocolate (bar form or chips)

Instructions: 

  1. Crush the entire bag of Oreos.  Set some aside to sprinkle on top if you wish.
  2. Blend the cream cheese and Oreo crumb mixture together.  This can be done by hand and a bit of muscle which will turn the inside of the truffle more like a cake consistency or you can do it by electric beaters which will make the inside dense and rich.  Both are great!
  3. Roll the balls into desired size (keep them small as they are rich) and pop them in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to get them firm again.
  4. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave (lower setting) and mix continuously until melted.
  5. Dip the Oreo rolls in the melted chocolate and put them back in the fridge to set.  Now, you can try to use toothpicks and roll them gently around without much of a mess but it’s so much easier to do it all by hand especially since the chocolate will harden if you take too long.
  6. Sprinkle the tops with the reserved Oreo crumbs or try sugar sprinkles.
 

Food Pic Friday ~ Nectarine And Blueberry Galette May 17, 2013

Food pic Friday: Random photos of food or drinks I make or put together at home because for some reason I can’t eat out all the time

nectarine and blueberry galette

I love frozen puff pastry!  The desserts are always beautiful and it looks like you’ve spent longer than you really did to put it all together.

Defrost the pastry according to directions (45 min on your counter) and get everything else in place while you wait: put parchment on your baking sheet, get your floured surface ready, get some butter ready for brushing over the pastry, get your tools out such as a rolling-pin, pizza cutter, pastry brush and prep your toppings.   This won’t take 45 min but I like to have things in place so I don’t have to open cabinets or drawers once I’m ready to assemble everything.

Heat oven to 400 degrees and start slicing up 2 nectarines and grab a handful of  blueberries and throw them in a bowl and stir in some turbinado sugar, cinnamon and 1/2 of a freshly squeezed lemon.  I don’t measure, just enough to coat.

I roll out the defrosted dough on a floured surface (rolling away from me twice before rotating it 1/4 turn so the one section isn’t over worked).  I repeat the 1/4 rotation and roll until my desired thickness is reached. I cut the edges and place them on the borders creating a “frame.”  Prick the bottom with a fork (don’t puncture the whole way through) and brush some melted butter on top and sprinkle some turbinado sugar.  I forego the egg wash because the butter does brown it nicely and gives it more flavor.  I layer the nectarines and once it’s assembled, I throw it back in the fridge to firm up for about 15 min.  Puff pastry doesn’t puff well when it gets too warm.  You can add sprinkles of butter over the nectarines but I usually skip that.

Bake it for about 20-25 min and once it’s out of the oven, brush it with some apricot jam that’s been mixed with a splash of water and microwaved for 15-20 seconds.  This will create a nice sheen on the top.

 

 

 

All Hail The Nutella BeaverTail August 8, 2012

The beavertail is the Canadian equivalent to the American elephant ear but way better.  Don’t get me wrong, fried dough in any form is usually good no matter how you make it but this particular kind of deep-fried deliciousness is off the charts yummy.  It’s crispy on the outside yet soft and chewy on the inside and thick enough to handle whatever you throw on it.  The dough is stretched into a resemblance of a beavertail (hence the name) then fried up perfectly until it’s ready to be topped with even more unhealthy goodness.  I swear a bit of regret comes over me each time I eat it but I always  share this so the guilt doesn’t linger too long.

My order is always the same.  Straight up nutella.  They finish off the tail with a dusting of confectioners sugar before it’s ready to devour. Mmmm Mmmm.  Is your mouth-watering yet?   Because it should be! I always ask them to cut it up so it’s easier to eat and this way if you are the sharing type, you know exactly how much everyone is getting.  Seriously,  counting of pieces each person is allotted has happened and you’ll understand why if you’ve ever had one.  You gotta protect your share of the beavertail right?   I purchase this wonderful creation at Beavertails Inc. located in North Vancouver (Canada) inside the Lonsdale Quay.   Check their website for all their locations.  My hips are so grateful this is 6 hour drive for me.

Location: 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver,British-Columbia V7N 3K7

Website: www.beavertailsinc.com

Beaver Tails (Lonsdale Quay) on Urbanspoon

 

Pastry Perfection ~ Petite Provence June 6, 2012

Oh la la

Boulangerie: the French word for bakery

I spent 3 short but glorious days in Paris in the late 1990’s and I can still remember every pastry and dessert I ate there.  I began my mornings at the boulangerie next to my hotel and ordered something called a l’orangerie which is a flaky and buttery croissant-like pastry with apricot halves baked in and finished off with sprinkles of French pearl sugar. 

I’ve been searching for something similar to the l’orangerie but nothing I tried was memorable enough to make me want to go back for more until I walked into Petite Provence.  My experience with French bakeries in Portland have been so-so.  Nothing has blown my mind or has come close to the taste of the croissants and other pastries I ate in Paris so I wasn’t expecting anything more from this place.  Don’t get me wrong, they were tasty but I wouldn’t make a special trip out there to buy anything more if I had the craving.  However, the apricot croissant at Petite Provence caught my eye and as I began to eat it I was transported back to Paris circa 1999, sitting on a bench outside the local boulangerie in a food trance.  

Their flaky layers of croissant pastry envelopes a light custard filling with apricot halves on each end and becomes something out of this world delicious. I’ve been longing for something like this for decades and it is the closest thing I’ve found to pastry bliss since Paris.  I am happy I don’t have to travel far to enjoy it either as Petite Provence is conveniently located close to my work and another location is on the route I travel to go home.  They also have a bistro menu serving  breakfast, lunch and dinner items which I have yet to try but I am planning on it soon. Check their website below for more information. 

The picture above is their strawberry flower. 

Website: http://provencepdx.com/

Locations: 4 locations (so far) in Oregon 

Petite Provence on Urbanspoon

 

A Waffle Like No Other…The Liege Waffle ~The Waffle Window May 6, 2012

 

Seasonal Peach Strawberry Waffle

Liege Waffle: Named after the city of Liege in Eastern Brussels.  This waffle is dough based rather than batter based which creates a denser and chewier waffle than the traditional variety.  It is also smaller in size and sweeter in nature due to the incorporation of pearl sugar in the dough.  Once baked, the sugar creates a hint of caramelization on the outside and crunchy bits of sweetness in the inside. 

I tend to develop food snobbery from time to time only after eating something so good at one place that I can’t go back to what I’ve had previously had at other establishments.  It’s happened with coffee and calamari and now it’s happened with waffles.  Yes waffles!  A regular waffle will no longer do.  Only a liege style waffle will satisfy my waffle cravings because they are simply the best I’ve ever had.  The Gaufre Gourmet food cart introduced me to them and now I’m forever hooked. 

My friend from Vancouver Canada was in town recently and wanted to check out the Gaufre cart but it was closed on the last 2 days of her trip here.  I happened to introduce her to these waffles the last time I was visiting Canada and she wanted some during her visit here.   The prospect of eating a liege waffle seemed unlikely until we spent her last day walking down the streets of Hawthorne and spotted the Waffle Window.  We were happily surprised that they served the magical liege waffles!  I’ve heard about this place and walked by it many times but never stopped to take a look at their menu until now. 

My friend opted for the Guittard dark chocolate dipped waffle and I decided to try their seasonal peach and strawberry waffle drizzled with lime curd and strawberry sauce then topped with whipped cream.  Sounds pretty fantastic doesn’t it?  The chocolate dipped one was pretty rich and I don’t think I could  eat the whole thing by myself in one sitting.  I did, however, manage to polish off the fruit one with relative ease and I wasn’t even hungry.  They have a great selection of waffle toppings and they get them out pretty quickly.  The only thing they could improve on is yelling your order out louder since the outside seating picnic tables are far enough away that you can barely hear them. 

Location: 3610 SE Hawthorne Blvd 503.239.4756

Website: www.wafflewindow.com

Cost:  Chocolate dipped $3.00  Peach/Strawberry around $4.00

The Waffle Window on Urbanspoon

Chocolate Waffle

 

Oh My Peanut Butter Pie ~ Pacific Pie Company March 22, 2012

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Best peanut butter pie I've ever eaten

I’ve never been a big peanut butter pie fan and I’m not sure why.  I love peanut butter and anything with a good crust but it’s taken over 30 years for a pb pie to blow me away.  I’ve tried some homemade and restaurant ones and none of them left me really craving for more.  In fact, I remember one occasion where I turned down dessert when I found out it was a pb pie.  Anyone who knows me well will not believe this story but I assure you that it is true.  I am completely capable of turning down dessert.  It doesn’t happen often which is why I remember that particular day.  Well those days of over looking  pb pie are over now thanks to the Pacific Pie Company. 

Their version is the best I’ve ever had.  Period.  Hands down. End of story.  I shouldn’t be too surprised because they make some great food in both the savoury and sweet department.  Another reason to love them is their dedication to obtaining local and sustainable ingredients without a preservative in sight.  Yay!  I’ve  planned my work week around buying it so I could enjoy it with another coworker who also shares a love for it.  They do offer delivery service through another company if you are so inclined but there is a charge depending on the distance travelled. It’s a nice option to keep in mind but I’ve never used it to know the pricing for it. 

Ok, so back to the pie….It’s the one menu item that I will always go back to and the one that satisfies my sweet cravings.  I’ve tried to buy other desserts just to check them all off my food list but if I stare at the dessert case long enough I can’t resist buying it.  It’s like crack in dessert form and I won’t get my “fix” by anything else with the same amount of pleasure.  The topping is a chocolaty layer with bits of peanuts in it and the the crust is a standard graham variety.  It is the middle section that makes this amazing and it’s unlike anything I’ve ever had.  It is not too overpowering in peanut flavor and not dense at all.  It has a silky texture that is so smooth and creamy but not too rich that you won’t be able to inhale the whole thing in a few minutes.  My coworkers and I haven’t been able to figure out what the main ingredient in middle section is yet.  Cream cheese?  Sour cream?  Whipped cream? Fluff?  I have no idea.  We have our theories but I know if we tried to re-create it that it wouldn’t  match the original so why bother.  Pacific pie doesn’t charge a lot for pie heaven.

Location: 1520 SE 7th Ave, Portland OR 97215   Phone 503.381.6157

Website: www.pacificpieco.com

Cost: $4.50-ish (I’m the worst at remembering details like this, I only care about the pie)

Pacific Pie Company on Urbanspoon

 

Waffle Mania ~ Flavour Spot Food Cart February 20, 2012

The Fifth Avenue

Waffle sandwiches…dreamy stuff if you ask me.  I’m definitely on board the waffle craze.  It’s portable, compact and it can be savory or sweet.  I don’t care if people call it a fad either, as long as it’s a tasty fad then I’m in full support of it. 

I was downtown for a meeting, which is never an exciting thing for me, and I needed a quick sugar pick me up to get me through the next hour.  The sweet fix I needed suddenly appeared before me when we parked in the same lot where the Flavour Spot cart sits at.  I was going to get a plain nutella but then I noticed the Fifth Avenue waffle.  Half nutella and half CRUNCHY peanut butter! Say what?  I was sold on this immediately.  What a fantastic combination and now I’m wondering why the heck didn’t I think of this on my own.  I’ve dipped peanut butter cups in nutella so I was on the right track to something spectacular but never quite made it there.  The Flavour Spot made me realize the obvious.  Nutella and crunchy peanut butter are made to be together all warm and gooey nestled in a freshly made waffle.  Is your mouth salivating just thinking about that?  Because it should be. 

Location: SW 3rd and Ash – Old Town

Cost: $3.75 for the Fifth Avenue

Website: http://flavourspot.com/