Burning Down The Kitchen with Epicurean Mom while making Chocolate Truffles

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Hi folks.

For anyone new to my site, Burning Down The Kitchen is a weekly series I began to start trying out recipes I’ve bookmarked over the past year. I do another series called Lunatic Loves These Links where I pick what I love on the web. I found myself bookmarking a ton of recipes from other bloggers but not making them. So I decided to fix that by doing this series. I pick a recipe each week that I’ve bookmarked, I make that recipe and then I do a fun interview with the blogger who’s recipe it is. For me it’s just a nice way to not only make a fellow blogger’s recipe but to allow readers to get to know them better. It has quickly become one of my fave things to do. I look forward to each week. I hope you do as well.

BURNING DOWN THE KITCHEN WITH KATIE FROM EPICUREAN MOM:

This week we’re getting to know Katie. She is the lovely lady behind Epicurean Mom. I’ve been a fan of Katie’s for some time and have bookmarked multiple recipes of hers. Her blog is absolutely beautiful, so light and tranquil. Her food is always stunning and the photos just pop right off the screen. She takes really lovely photos that showcase her food to perfection. Katie is sweet and supportive as a fellow blogger as well. I am happy to count her amongst my friends. What you notice right away is how fresh her food is. She really takes that extra effort to use quality ingredients in her food and it shines through her work. Some of my faves from her site are her Homemade Cherry Granola, Pomegranate Poached Pear and Apple Salad with a Pomegranate Reduction, Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Foccacia, Eggplant Paremesan, Acai Bowl, Berry Cheesecake Bars and her Dark Cherry Sherbet. I chose to make her Chocolate Truffles. I’ve never made them before and have always wanted to try. I think they would make such nice gifts for people on birthdays or Christmas. So thanks to Katie for teaching me to make my own chocolates. That’s really going to end well. *giggles as she pops 3 more in her mouth*

Katie and her daughter, both equally gorgeous!

Rapidfire Q & A with Katie of Epicurean Mom:

1. What inspired you to start blogging?

I’ve always had a passion for food. A few friends had family/food blogs and incorporated food and family together. I started one as well, but noticed traffic coming from all over the world and was uncomfortable with my girls being all over the Internet.  Thus, Epicurean Mom was born!

2. What do you absolutely love about blogging?

I love the supportive community! I’ve met so many wonderful friends and connections.  Plus I love building my mommy brain that seems to get stagnate with kiddy songs all day, everyday ;-)

3. Is there a downside to it?

No downside. I enjoy each and everyday I blog!

4. How do you balance being a busy mom and a blogger?

Yes, good question! Naps and bedtime! That’s when I get most of my blogging time done.

5. Your food is so fresh, do you have any advice for others looking to use fresh, organic food?

Real food is best. I understand being a busy mommy can be hard but real food can be easy. For example, canned foods. It’s so easy to throw a few cupfuls of canned beans into a chili or stew after you get home from a long day. Although if you let dried beans seep in a bowl of water while you are at work they will be fresh and plumped by the time you get home.  So incredibly easy to use them in soups or salads! No need to use canned foods that are not as enriched with vitamins!

6. What’s growing in your garden right now?

Unfortunately, our home was burned in a California Wildfire 3 years ago, almost to date.  We had an incredible garden that has even featured in the Wall Street Journal.  Right now, since we are renting we do not have a garden.  In our old garden we had, cabbage, lettuce, cilantro, tomatoes, celery, strawberries, artichokes. asparagus, onions, avocados, etc..

7. You are stunningly beautiful, is it mostly diet or is exercise a big part of your regime too?

Oh my! You are so so sweet!  I try to incorporate both into my life.  We usually eat salads for dinner about 4 days a week, and I try to exercise at least 4 days as well.  As most of us know, being a busy mommy, workouts or home cooked foods have to take the back burner but we try to live a healthy lifestyle.

8. You also take stunningly beautiful photographs, what camera are you using?

That’s very sweet…Thanks Kim! I use a canon T1i.  It’s not as much about the camera but more about the lenses.  I usually photograph my food with my Macro 100mm lens. I learned a lot just from trial and error; also from other helpful and amazing food bloggers!

9. On the same note, do you have any advice for taking food photos? I am always in awe of your light and styling.

Gosh, Thank you! Natural lighting!! I do most of my photography by a bright window covered with a light diffuser.  I also use a white foam board to fill in the unwanted shadows.  Shooting in the manual mode really helps your exposure options.  I can brighten my pictures my upping the exposure being in manual.

10. Take us through a typical day in the life of Katie, food blogger, Mom and Wife. Do you have a routine you follow every day?

Usually hubby and I get up fed the girls, get them dressed and get Ky (5) to school while hubby goes to work.  Lo (2) and I go to the gym, come home, nap time and I start cooking and shooting, then pick Ky up from school.  These very hectic days are only on days I blog.  Unfortunately being a busy mommy I don’t have everyday to shoot and blog.

11. Do you ever cheat and just scarf a twinkies like there’s no tomorrow?

I don’t.  I can’t name the last time I actually ate fast food. Even with some of the sweet treats I make, I usually do not eat them.  I’m more of a savory gal.  I would prefer a grilled artichoke over sweets any day.

12. Is there a fave food you could eat every day and never grow tired of it?

Artichokes!!

13. Fruits or veggies to snack on?

Sugar snap peas, carrots, apples and grapes!

14. Whipping cream or mascarpone for parfaits?

Definitely homemade whipping cream!

15. Coke or Pepsi? * I will feel so much better if you tell me you drink it but I am thinking you don’t, lol*

Ha ha, yes, no I don’t. I used to (10 years ago) drink sugar-free pepsi.  I found out how horrible soda and sugar-free sodas were and never looked back. Don’t miss them! I’m now obsessed with sparkling water. Can’t get enough!

16. Milk or dark chocolate?

Oh gosh, both but I would probably side with the less healthy milk chocolate!

17. Butter, shortening or margarine for baking?

I usually try to use coconut oil when able, but between the choices definitely butter.

18. Apron or no apron?

Apron! Can’t tell you how many clothes I’ve ruined :(

19. If you were on Iron Chef who would you challenge? What would you hope the secret ingredient is?

Oh gosh, that’s a hard one…None of them ha ha! They are all such incredible chefs, I don’t like losing ;-)  A secret ingredient?? I would say avocado.

20. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Is blogging still a big part of the picture?

In 5 years I see myself pretty much right where I am now! Being a full-time mommy to my 2 girls, and still blogging away!

Katie’s photo of her Chocolate Truffles. Don’t they just jump off the screen!

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My photo of the chocolate truffles!

 

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Chocolate Truffles
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Recipe type: Dessert, Chocolate
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Serves: 12 pieces
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 5 strips of orange peel, 1 inch wide, pith removed
  • 8 ounces semi sweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup confectioners' sugar
  • ¼ cup sifted cocoa powder
  • ½ cup finely chopped pistachios, coconut, powdered sugar, cocoa powder or whatever else you would like to roll them in
Instructions
  1. Whisk cream and cardamom together in a saucepan. Add your orange peel and bring it just to a boil. Now remove it from the heat and let it stand for about 15 minutes.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  3. Set a pan aside to use while freezing the mixture.
  4. Return the cream to the heat and bring to a boil.
  5. Place your chocolate in a heat proof bowl. Now pour the cream mixture through a sieve over top of the chocolate. Discard what is left in the sieve. Mix chocolate and cream until it is smooth.
  6. Pour the mixture into an unlined baking pan and smooth it out. Pop that pan into your freezer and let it stand in there for about 15 to 20 minutes. You want the chocolate workable.
  7. Remove from freezer and be prepared to work quickly. If needed you can always pop it back in the freezer and do 2 or 3 at a time.
  8. Using a tablespoon scrape out the chocolate and form into a 1 inch ball. They don't need to be perfect. If you over work them they will melt.
  9. Transfer the balls into the fridge for about 10 minutes.
  10. Place the coatings you want to use in separate bowls.
  11. Take the chocolate out of the fridge and roll the balls in your coatings.
  12. Serve with a big old chocolately smile!

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These are dangerously good. You will pass out when you try them. And hopefully I will be standing next to you so I can gobble them all up before you come to. You are totally going to yell at me. I will respond like this, “Aw, now don’t be mad, I’m doing this for you. You don’t want to eat them all. They’ll go right to your hips. Since I already have hips I did you this solid and ate them all for you just to save you the embarrassment of not fitting into your clothes tomorrow. You’re welcome!” All while wiping chocolate and pistachios off my face and quite likely wiping off my hands on your curtains. Again, you’re welcome!

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I would like to thank Katie so much for allowing me this honour of interviewing her. She is such a lovely person and a joy to get to know better. I’d also like to take a personal moment to thank you Katie for being so sweet and supportive during the time where my daughter was having health issues. You were amazingly kind and I am ever grateful.

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If you are not already reading Katie’s blog, Epicurean Mom, I’d love you to head over and check out all her delightful dishes. You will love every single thing she makes. You will also be blown away by her gorgeous photos. You can also follow Katie on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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I cannot stress enough they are all equally good. Okay total lie, you know me and pistachios. It takes the lead for me, then the coconut, then the cocoa, then the powdered sugar. I liked them so much this is what happened during the photo shoot. See if you notice anything.

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Photo shoot going well so far!

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Photo shoot may be compromised!

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Photo shoot has gone to hell in a handbasket!

Also remember there is a giveaway to win a wonderful I Love Lucy Cookie Jar going on still. Stop by my No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake and a Giveaway post to enter. Remember to leave SEPARATE comments for each bonus entry or they will count as one if they’re bundled in one comment. I use Random.org so it calculates the numbers according to comment numbers. Makes it easier for me to draw.

Popcorn not included. You’ll have to make your own.

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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Comments

  1. 1

    Oh my goodness. These truffles all look fantastic! I love love love a good truffle :)

    • 2
      Kim Bee says:

      Thanks so much. They are not as hard to make as I would have imagined. Very yummy indeed.

  2. 3

    These truffles do look amazing, I especially like the variety of coatings. Very eye catching and no doubt delicious. Ha-looks like someone likes the coconut and the powdered sugar ones the best.
    Great interview with Epicurean mom as well, nice to learn more about a fellow blogger!

    • 4
      Kim Bee says:

      We got a little crazy sampling them. So good. Mini-me has requested milk chocolate versions. She’s not a fan of anything but milk chocolate. Darn, I guess that means more for me. Thanks so much. I had so much fun with this interview and recipe.

  3. 5

    Great interview kim!! Im so inspired by how healthy Epicurean mom eats ~ On another note … LOOOOVVEE the truffles. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE . Notice how I would like to eat healthy but love these chocolates far too much to actually do it ;) lol

    • 6
      Kim Bee says:

      Thank you so much. I feel ya, cuz I tend to be the same way. And even when I do eat healthy I still tend to post my bakes goods before my salads. Weird.

  4. 7

    What a great interview. You both are amazing!!

  5. 10

    Hi Katie! You and your daughter are both gorgeous!

    Oh and Kim, you have to stop with this, “I don’t take good photos, I need photography help” line of crap. These photos are lovely. Face it, sister, you are now a food photographer ;)

    • 11
      Kim Bee says:

      I think I actually peed my pants laughing at your comment. I feel like I am improving but still a ways to go. Now I just need a kick ass camera and I’m off to the races. I am having so much fun playing around with it all. I just told hubs my photography guru told me I HAVE to paint the blog room white. And I HAVE to get a new camera. I think he may have bought it this time. *crosses fingers for paint cans showing up soon*

    • 12

      Hi Jackie! Thanks You! Nice to meet you!! And I agree, Kim is so talented and SWEET! :)

  6. 13

    Not only you made truffles but you made 4 kinds of them! I will take… a heck, a dozen of each, pleeeeeease:)

    • 14
      Kim Bee says:

      Lol, I may have gotten a little carried away. They are so good. I have to make them again with milk chocolate for mini-me. It’s the only kind she likes so she was making faces when I lied to her and told her they were milk chocolate.

  7. 15

    Love, love, love the photo with bites out of all the truffles. You make me smile. Wish Canada was where Georgia is, we’d have so much fun. Could you speak with the PM about annexing?

    • 16
      Kim Bee says:

      Thanks. I had so much fun with this post. I daydreamed about looking like Katie while pigging out on trufffles. It was like yin and yang baby. I will do that. I mean they’d totally listen to me eh!

  8. 17

    OH, YUM!!!! Why are you tempting me with these gorgeous truffles???? They all look so yummy! And thanks for reintroducing me to Katie…another blogger I used to love to visit until things got too crazy to keep up with all my favorites. Off to say hello :) xx

    PS…thanks for your sweetness.

    • 18
      Kim Bee says:

      Thanks Liz. I was so surprised by how fun these are to make. I was covered in chocolate and laughing the whole time. Totally making these for Christmas gifts this year. Katie is amazing. I am sure she would love to reconnect. All us busy moms know how it goes. Never enough time in the day to do it all. Sometimes we visit a lot, sometimes we can’t. It’s all good.

      You are most welcome Mama Liz. Commune members need to plan a get together next summer or something. Girls weekend.

  9. 19

    Thanks Kim for letting me meet all your wonderful readers and have your blog for the day! You are such an amazing friend and food blogger! You rock Girl!

    • 20
      Kim Bee says:

      Aw Katie, thank you so much for doing this and being so gracious. I really enjoyed this one so much. It was fun to get to know you better. And I’m not gonna lie, I ate a lot of chocolates. You rock too and I’m super happy to know you. xx

  10. 21

    Oh, this was a fun one! Kim, your photos of the truffles are terrific, too! Thanks for the fun conversation and great recipe!

    • 22
      Kim Bee says:

      Thanks so much Ann. I think this is the most fun I’ve had taking pics to date. It was a riot to shoot and edit. And don’t even get me started on the sampling that went on. Lol.

  11. 23

    Great interview, and those truffles look amazing!

  12. 24

    No dare portion this time? You didn’t force the poor woman to show you her moldy tile grout or messy pantry closet? Just kidding :) Another fun interview and I’ve learned so much. Mostly that I need to develop a passion for artichokes and an aversion to sweets. How do I do that???

    • 25
      Kim Bee says:

      Lol, there is always a dare offer. I now have new ones thanks to you though. I would love to see someone’s messy pantry. That goes into the queue for sure. I have no clue how to do that, still trying to figure out how to calm down on sweets. And failing miserably. Lol.

  13. 26

    LOL, I love the pic where you label whose is whose. These truffles look sooo good!

  14. 28
    Debra Kapellakis says:

    mmmmm…

  15. 30

    What a neat idea for a series! I love the Q and A, and the truffles look awesome. Can I have some?

    • 31
      Kim Bee says:

      Thanks so much. You can certainly have some, but they may have little bites out of them. Lol.

  16. 32

    Gorgeous truffles and a gorgeous person to interview. Well done Kim! :)

  17. 34

    Fabulous post! I love those chocolates. Wow. This series is fantastic, I absolutely look forward to it every week.

    • 35
      Kim Bee says:

      Thanks so much Dara. I think this is the most fun for me to do as well. I really enjoy doing this. Plus I get to eat things like truffles and pretend it’s all in a days work. xx

  18. 36

    What a gorgeous photo of Katie and her daughter–I wish I photographed half that well. These truffles look like the height of decadence.

    • 37
      Kim Bee says:

      She’s absolutely gorgeous. I wish I photographed that well. Thanks so much. These things are getting made again. I loved them. I want to make them for Christmas gifts.

  19. 38

    Happy to learn more about Katie. I agree, kid’s nap and bedtime is so important for bloggers. LOL. Mine already stopped napping so I rely on regular routine so they go to sleep on time. Anyway, fantastic interview! Kim, you made gorgeous chocolate truffles! Your picture of bit truffles with “Mine” sign crack me up. Mostly yours!!! Don’t worry it’ll be all mine if it was me. ;-)

    • 39
      Kim Bee says:

      I used to love nap time when the kids were little. Now I do quite a bit of work when the kids are in school or working. Thanks Nami, I had so much fun shooting these things.

  20. 40

    Your picture says it all. I want all of these truffles; I could not possibly pick just one kind, and I don’t want to share! I am incredibly jealous of Katie’s ability to resist fast food. Lucky!

    • 41
      Kim Bee says:

      I got a tad carried away trying them out. I am also jealous of Katie’s ability to be good food wise. She’s gorgeous.But I lack follow through.

  21. 42

    YUM, I am totally craving these truffles…they look incredible!

  22. 44

    What a fabulous interview! Katie is amazing! Thanks for sharing. :)

  23. 46

    I love the whole entire idea behind this post. The truffles, the support, knowing more about Katie as well as more insight into you!! Well done!

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