Love of Chocolate

#chocolate #truffles #candy #valentine's #love

Five years ago, I started making truffles to give away as Christmas presents. The first two truffles I made were Rose Water and Amaretto. Each year, I experimented with different flavors and coatings. This past holiday season, I created a sampler box of artesian chocolates that are hand painted with powder food coloring. We came up with flavors including non-alcoholic and alcoholic ganache fillings such as: Dulce de Leche Cheesecake, Strawberry Cheesecake, Lavender & Sea Salt, Caramel, Rum Raisin, Amaretto, Irish Cream, Chocolate Liqueur with Cayenne, Red Wine, or Brandy.  Along with creating truffles, we also have chocolate lips made with...

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Rosca de Reyes (Ring of Kings)

#Bread #gluten-free #Mexican #RoscadeReyes #Traditions #Epiphany

My namesake in Spanish is queen. So each January 6 on the day of the Epiphany I would also celebrate my namesake. In Mexico this day is known as Dia de los Reyes. It was also great because as a child I would leave my shoes out to get presents from the Magi. When we bought our home, I made it a point to have a Three Kings party and learned how to bake the Rosca de Reyes that is traditionally served. I struggled each year to master working with yeast and waiting to see if the bread would rise....

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