There are no shortcuts:
Not in life and especially not in the kitchen.
If you want to make decadently delicious chocolate truffles you can't cut corners. I have searched for years to find the perfect ingredients for my handmade chocolate truffles. And there's just no way around it: Truffles take time. Don't try telling me about "microwave truffles." A truffle is a treat - so treat yourself well.
The best things in life come in small packages.
I decided to put this theory to the test with my handmade chocolate truffles. No industrial blenders or ingredients from a lab - just me stirring together small batches of world class ingredients. Think Pyrex bowl and a French cooking spoon.
Chocolate truffles are like a great Scotch or Whiskey, they are best when made in small (lovingly tended) batches.
Don't go to bed angry.
How many times have you heard that one? But you never hear anyone warning you against cooking angry and that's a monumental oversight.
The most important ingredients that they never put on the label are these: music, dancing, singing and joy. I truly believe you can taste these special ingredients blended into my chocolate truffles. I know it's a very Like Water For Chocolate notion, but I never cook when I'm in a bad mood. I guess it's a good thing that cooking makes me happy.
I'm a Southern girl. Born in Marietta, Georgia and never left. Well that isn't exactly accurate: I love to travel. My husband and I have been around the world in search of sublime Foodie adventures: San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma, Italy, Paris, New York, L.A., Miami, Jamaica, Spain, Morocco, Ireland, New Zealand (where we got married), Bora Bora… and like Anthony Bourdain we are hungry for more.
I grew up in a strangely dichotomous world. One the one hand I was brought up to be a proper Southern lady. And although no one ever believes me, I even went to Charm School. On the other hand, I was always encouraged to be a free thinker. As a child every other word out of my mouth was "Why?" I suppose it still is.
About My First Time
I was 8 years old the first time I got to help my mother make her chocolate truffles. It was just before Christmas and I got to stir the chocolate while it was in the ice bath. Very exciting. Christmas is still my favorite time of the year.
Mom's chocolate truffles were really good. She used a secret family recipe passed down from her grandmother. But I was a precocious child and I figured I could make them even better with just a little tinkering.
CUT TO: Over thirty years later.
OK, it took a little longer than I had originally anticipated. What could be harder to improve upon than chocolate? Making chocolate truffles is part art, part science and part physics. It's kind of like flying a plane. When things go wrong it's an utter disaster. But when everything goes right, your soul and spirits rise. You break through the clouds and soar above the world basking in the warm glow of the life-giving sun. Uhh, or is that just me?