Happy Monday! Hosting a Holiday get together this season? I not only have you food, but your entertainment, as well! Fondue party! The folks at Vitamix (we are friends now, after all — remember the Berry Kissed Sorbet?) provided this TOP SECRET recipe for fondue — with an extra kick – espresso! For those who like to enjoy the *other* kinda kick, it was recommended to add some brandy, as needed.
Chocolate Espresso Fondue
Yield: 3 cups
Speed: Variable 1-10, High
Time: 4 to 5 minutes
- ½ cup water
- 1 to 1 ½ cups heavy cream
- 1 Tablespoon instant espresso powder or instant coffee
- 3 Tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
- 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
Select Variable 1. Turn on machine and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High, using tamper as needed to keep the mixture flowing. Blend for 3 to 4 minutes or until melted and smooth. Pour into fondue pot and serve.
For Dippers: Get creative! Some ideas – Pretzel sticks, strawberries, ladyfingers, fresh pineapple chunks, cubes of pound cake, cubes of angel food cake, marshmallows
Now if you’ll excuse me I’ll be trying to locate a straw. Who needs dippers, anyway?
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Fish. People either love it or hate it. You rarely meet someone who is “on-the-fence” about these gilled specimens. Although, I’ve found that many of the fish-haters out there haven’t even tried it. How do you know if you like something if you haven’t tried it?! (Can you tell I’ve been working on my “mom” sayings?)
It’s true though, many people simply don’t like the IDEA of fish — so they go through life floundering (ha!) about with never even knowing that they are missing out on one of the most delicious (and healthy!) forms of protein out there.
For those of you who claim that you don’t like fish, but haven’t tried it recently (taste buds are always changing!) You have got to give this dish a try. It’s mild, light and full of buttery goodness. How could you go wrong with butter, anyway? For those of you who like fish, this is a great recipe to add to your weekly rotation — it’s easy enough (only 4 ingredients!) not to stress you out, but fancy enough to serve for a special occasion, guests or just ‘cuz
I serve this recipe along oven-roasted asparagus, which I cook along with the fish.
You’ll need (serves 2):
- Two fillets of a mild, white fish
- 2 tablespoons of butter (I used Smart Balance)
- The juice of one lemon
- I glove of garlic (minced) OR 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 bunch of asparagus
- Olive oil
First, melt the butter on the stove top.
Side note: Don’t be afraid of butter, people — a few tablespoons isn’t going to kill you and it makes an enormous difference with flavor. Amen. Say it with me.
Next, add the minced garlic, cook until browned. Add the juice of one lemon and set aside. Pre-heat the broiler. Coat the fish fillets with a bit of olive oil. Rinse and trim asparagus and coat with olive oil (season with salt and black pepper, if you’d like). Arrange both the asparagus and fish together on a cookie sheet (I line mine with non-stick foil for easy clean-up).
Cook for 4 minutes on each side, or until the fish flakes with a fork and the asparagus is browned. Plate and top with lemon/butter mixture.
Are you a seafood lover or hater? When is the last time you gave it a try?
Remember when I told you to make sure you held onto your extra tomato, corn and black bean salsa? You did that, right? Please say yes.
Then you are ready for my taco turkey burgers! If your answer was no, whip some more up!
You’ll need (serves two):
- ground turkey (I used 1/2 lb for two servings)
- leftover corn, tomato and black bean salsa
- taco seasoning
- buns of choice
- cheese of choice
Take 1/4 lb of meat and add taco seasoning and as much or as little of the salsa. Form into a patty. Repeat for as many patties you need.
Pan-fry for about 3 minutes on each side. Choose your favorite bun and top with cheese.
Now who said leftovers weren’t fun?