“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”~Forrest Gump

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“Truffles” watercolor+pastel pencil by eileen tomson

 

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The French Laundry photos by eileen

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GANACHE TRUFFLES~Thomas Keller French Laundry

This is Thomas Keller’s famous French Laundry dessert. The batter can be made up to 1 hour ahead and left at room temperature to be baked last minute. Or, make the batter well in advance, freeze it in the ramekins and put them straight into the oven when ready to bake. From the freezer, the baking time is 20 minutes.

  • 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Place the chopped chocolate in a bowl. Bring the cream to a boil and pour it over the chocolate. Slowly stir until smooth. Transfer the mixture into a shallow glass dish and let it cool slightly, about 10 minutes, then place it in the freezer to chill for 1 hour.

Scoop out balls using a 1 teaspoon measuring spoon and shape them so that they’re round. Chill until ready to use.

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Fannie May

Fannie May’s Pear and Caramel Chocolate

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http://www.fanniemay.com/dark-chocolates

http://blog.fanniemay.com/

http://cookbad.blogspot.com/2008/03/peanut-buttter-truffles.html

http://www.delish.com/recipefinder/thomas-keller-chocolate-bouchon-recipe

http://food52.com/blog/6739-no-bake-dark-chocolate-coconut-bites?utm_source=FOOD52+Subscribers+List&utm_campaign=3da5ef676f-No_Bake_Dark_Chocolate_Coconut_Bites_plus_3_more_c&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_191568346e-3da5ef676f-19119625

“Black as Midnight on a Moonless Night” ~ Special Agent Dale Cooper, Twin Peaks

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Illustration by eileen tomson

Coffee just isn’t the same as it has been in the past, it’s gone upscale. In the movies, we have heard the expression “cup of joe”.  Now we overhear words like, Fair Trade, Barista, Tall, Grande, Vente, Macchiato, and so forth.

Coffee seeds are primarily grown in  Latin America, Southeast Asia, Maldives, and Africa. Green (unroasted) coffee is one of the most traded agricultural commodities.

Some people don’t drink coffee for the taste but for its side effects. Many drink coffee to  jump start their day or pick up a sluggish afternoon.

“Coffe for an artist, is like fuel for a car” 

“Barista Parlour” in East Nashville, TN.

“Intelligentsia Coffee”, Venice, California

“Polo Lounge”, The Beverly Hills Hotel~California

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