The Chocolatier

June 2, 2010 at 7:00 PMJeremy

Over the weekend I made another batch of cake balls.  For those who don't know, cake balls are gooey balls of cake dipped in chocolate.  They're like truffles, but the ganache (yep, real word) is cake.  In a word, they're awesome.

These weren't so awesome, because they're German Chocolate cake balls, which combine two things I dislike in desserts: nuts and coconut.  Nuts I'm somewhat ambivalent to: they don't really add much to a dessert, and they only sometimes take away from my enjoyment of a dessert.

Coconut is the devil.  We're talking shaved flakes of pure, concentrated evil.  Even the smell is repulsing.

But anyway... this was my third batch of cake balls.  I'd previously done chocolate in chocolate, and red velvet in white chocolate, but some of the ladies from work (who introduced me to the concept of cake balls at the Simply Delicious bakery) had begged me to try German Chocolate, so I decided just this once to make them.

By the way, I think this is the first thing I've ever made that I would not personally eat.  I had to get Marci to taste test for me.

There was, however, a not-entirely unexpected side benefit.  I ended up with a double boiler still fairly full of delicious, coconut-free chocolate coating.

My first choice was obvious:

After that, I had to start getting creative.  I found a package of Jonathan's graham crackers:

Then Oreos: (I think Dad in particular would've been proud of that)

And Teddy Grahams:

I knew I had to stop when I started eyeing Jonathan's Vienna sausages, so I just tossed the remaining chopped pecans into the chocolate, stirred it around, and made some chocolate nut clusters:

I still hadn't used it all, and I'm not one to ever waste good chocolate, so I dumped it into the corner of my pan, thinking I wind up with nice chocolate chunk.  Instead, it oozed over onto one of the cake balls, forever ruining it*.

I called that one a tar ball in honor of the BP oil disaster.

*by "it", I of course mean the remaining chocolate.  The cake ball was already ruined by the mere fact of containing coconut.

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Like Father, Like Son

February 18, 2010 at 11:45 AMJeremy

Boy + electric mixer beater + chocolate pudding (made Dirt for bible study this week) =

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Fair and Balance

October 27, 2009 at 11:29 PMJeremy

The first night of the Heart of Texas Fair & Rodeo was nice and cool, and being a Friday during high school football season, we figured it wouldn't be too crowded.  Jonathan wasn't big enough to ride any of the rides, but we thought he'd enjoy seeing the sights so we loaded up and headed out there.

Jon hadn't been feeling that great since he'd gotten shots that day, but he was mostly content to just hang onto one of us and watch the people.  I, on the other hand, had two specific purposes in mind for coming out to the fair:

1. Corn Dog

2. Funnel Cake

We each got a corn dog, and got a third one for Jonathan to eat from.  He ate it right off the stick; he didn't finish it, but he ate about half of a jumbo dog, and that was enough to perk him up for a while.  We looked at the animals, and ducked in out of the cold for a while to look at some exhibits.

We all shared a funnel cake, but by that point Jonathan was running out of steam again, so he didn't eat as much as I thought he would.  We walked around just a short bit more, and then headed back home, sleepy baby in tow.

Now, the "balance" part of the title refers to how much money this little "adventure" cost.  I knew the food was going to be overpriced, but I never figured just how bad it was going to be: $5 to park, $10 each for Marci and I to get in (Jonathan, thankfully, was free), $5 per corn dog, and $5 for the funnel cake.  Grand total: $45, and that's without riding a single ride or playing a single game on the midway.  And yet the news ran a story about the fair lamenting the weather as a reason why fair attendance was down.  Maybe it has something to do with the outrageous prices?  Sheesh.

Still, totally worth it for a fun evening for my boy, and watching the excitement of him eating his first corn dog.

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Sunday Lunch

June 14, 2009 at 2:24 PMJeremy

The rest of the family was either out of town or busy with vacation bible school stuff, so we were on our own for Sunday lunch, a break from a very long-running tradition.  This is one of only a few Sundays that I can remember having to forage for ourselves.

Beef Fillet and Baked Potato
Beef Fillet and Baked Potato

Chocolate Cookies with Reese's Pieces
Chocolate Cookies with Reese's Pieces

Still, I think we managed okay.

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Pancakes

March 10, 2009 at 10:30 PMJeremy

Around our house, I'm kinda the pancake "guy".  Marci says my pancakes turn out rounder and more consistent than hers.  I think it helps that I pour from a big measuring cup with a spout; it works pretty well, except that I always get to the end and can scrape just enough out of the bowl for a little silver dollar sized pancake.  Of course, now I know who those are for:

Like with the bread, I think he got less than half of it in him, but he seemed to enjoy trying.

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