Thursday, February 7, 2013

Valentine's Day is fast approaching

We all want Valentine's Day to be perfect for that Special Someone in our lives.  Chocolate is always a sure gift, but this year take it a step further by making your own chocolates.  This Truffle recipe is easy and  delicious but it looks as though you spent hours preparing it.
Balsamic Truffle Recipe

8 1/2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup cream
2 teaspoons of one of Joe and Son's Balsamic Vinegars.... (recommended: Violet, Raspberry, Strawberry, Tahitian Vanilla or Dark Chocolate)
1/2 cup cocoa powder

Melt the chocolate and cream in a double boiler over hot but not simmering water. Place melted chocolate in a small bowl. Stir in the balsamic vinegar. Cool the chocolate in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Remove from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 2 hours, until firm but moldable.

Use a teaspoon to scoop out chocolate. Use your fingertips to shape into balls about the size of a cherry. Set the chocolate balls on a parchment-lined tray.

Place the cocoa powder in a small shallow dish. Place 6 truffles at a time in the cocoa powder and roll the truffles around to coat, and return the coated truffles to the baking sheet. Continue with the remaining truffles. Place the truffles in a serving dish or airtight package.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

The "BIG GAME" Today!

This is the day of the Big Game and you're likely having people over or you're going to watch the game at a friend's home. Either way, it's a day where people will be snacking and munching on good foods.

This recipe is an easy way to add flavor to chicken or steak without a lot of prep or fixing time involved.

                                        Balsamic Dipping Sauce*
 ¼ cup– Joe and Son’s Traditional 18 yr Balsamic Vinegar
 1 – Tablespoon white sugar
1 – Teaspoon Water
2 – Tablespoons Dijon Style Mustard
 3 – Tablespoons Mayo
1-    Tablespoon Ketchup
 Salt and Pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients  and whisk together.
Use as a dipping sauce for steak or chicken.
* recipe may be doubled or increased as desired for more servings