National Truffle Day and Other Good Eats

What do you think of when you hear the word truffle? Do you think of ganache-filled chocolate concoctions? Silky dark chocolate truffles dusted in cocoa powder, sweet treats dipped in chocolate, and decadent, buttery bonbons?

Or perhaps when you hear the word truffle, you think of white alba truffles, and truffle butter, or truffle oil.

Well today is National Truffle Day and I’m going to share a recipe for another kind of truffle: a truffle cocktail.

But before that, let me share some other good things from the last few weeks. I don’t review every single restaurant I visit, nor do I post recipes for every meal I eat, so not all good eats make it to the blog. I’m taking this opportunity to share some of my favorite eats and treats that were previously undocumented:

Crispy eggplant flatbread and banana bread pudding from Church of Boston – I’ve been to Church multiple times and the food is always consistently good. They specialize in classic American comfort food, with an emphasis on seasonal and local New England cuisine. The crispy eggplant flatbread is like a deconstructed eggplant parm, but without the greasiness. The banana bread pudding with vanilla ice cream, Taza chocolate, and coconut is their best selling dessert and I now know why: sweet, warm, and with real banana chunks, it tastes like the epitome of comfort food.

I’ve been obsessed with sweet potatoes lately. I like eating a baked sweet potato with some almond butter and raisins or cranberries, but I also love these frozen  sweet potato fries from Trader Joe’s (my homemade version never come out as crispy!). I like drizzling a little bit of maple syrup (the good kind, straight from Vermont). Along with some roasted asparagus, this has been my go-to dinner on days when I’m feeling lazy – and when I want an excuse to eat something that tastes like dessert for dinner :)

Guacamole and cocktails from The Painted Burro, the newest Mexican cantina that opened in Davis Square – the restaurant is owned and operated by the same folks at Posto. It is always packed, and while the food is a big draw, the tequila bar and cocktails call to tequila lovers like me. (One of) the drink(s) I had was the Abuelo Abuelo, made with Monte Alban Mezcal, Don Roberto Reposado, grapefruit, granulated sugar, and Xoclotl Mole Bitters. I heard the words “xoclotl bitters” and knew I had to try it. It was very good, very strong, very smooth. And did I mention almost pure alcohol?

Another favorite find from Trader Joe’s is the stone ground white grits. I added little bit of sharp cheddar cheese, then topped it with a soft boiled egg, salt, pepper, and a few dashes of Tabasco. This was a fantastic brunch (especially if you’ve had more than your share of tequila the night before, but I don’t know anything about that).

Maribelle Frangelico ganache truffles – I really, really, really like Frangelico (hazelnut liquer) and you guys know how I feel about ganache, so it’s no surprise that I loved these truffles. After taking a chocolate making class, I know that making a perfect truffle is actually an art, so I have a better appreciation for these handcrafted chocolates.

I enjoyed the Frangelico truffles with a Frangelico cocktail (disclosure: I received a free bottle of Frangelico and box of Maribelle chocolates from their PR agency). I went a little overboard rimming the martini glass with dark chocolate shavings, but I figured you guys won’t mind.

Yield: serves 1

Frangelico Truffle Cocktail

Ingredients

1 oz Frangelico
1 oz vodka
.75 oz espresso

Directions

  1. Shake with ice and serve chilled in a cocktail or martini glass.
  2. Dust with dark chocolate shavings.

There you have it. Happy Truffle Day! Do you have any favorite truffle recipes?

   

24 Responses to “National Truffle Day and Other Good Eats”

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    Meghan posted May 2, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Everything looks so good. I need to find those grits the next time I am at Trader Joe’s!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted May 2, 2012 at 8:12 am

    If that’s eating lazy, sign me up! Also, sign me up for truffles AND this cocktail. Good gracious!

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    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat posted May 2, 2012 at 8:32 am

    All of your eats look amazing! Since travelling to Italy and becoming obsessed with mushrooms, I think of fungus before chocolate when I hear the word “truffle”.

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    joanne posted May 2, 2012 at 8:49 am

    I want to eat EVERYTHING IN THIS POST. I totally think of chocolate truffles over mushroom truffles. And I’m going to be dreaming about that delicious beverage all day.

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    Michelle posted May 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Um, your eats are divine! I especially love that poached egg!

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    christina posted May 2, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I love today’s holiday. …any excuse to eat chocolate, I’ll take it!

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    ATasteOfMadness posted May 2, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Honestly, all the truffles I have ever had have been AMAZING, so there is no way I could choose a favorite.
    If only I knew about this holiday… Oh well.. Next year!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking posted May 2, 2012 at 11:00 am

    What! How have I not heard about Truffle Day before now?? Time to go buy a box and a bottle of champagne!

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    Dan posted May 2, 2012 at 11:43 am

    The glass that the cocktail from painted burro is in makes me feel drunk.

    I’m not by the way.

    I think.

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    Michelle Collins posted May 2, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Looks like I need to go to Church…stat!

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    Heather posted May 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Yum, that cocktail sounds fantastic.

    I also like that idea of the grits with a soft boiled egg, perfect meal!

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen posted May 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I’m also a huge fan of Trader Joe’s grits. I’m definitely going to pick up some of those sweet potato fries next time!

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    Tracey posted May 2, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I have actually never tried grits but I might give these ago. I love the idea with the a boiled egg on top!

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    Erin posted May 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    1. I totally forget about Church all of the time and I love it there.
    2. I didn’t realize that Trader Joe’s sold grits. EEK! So excited to pick some up. This Southern girl is missing some grits in her life!
    3. Happy Truffle Day!

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    Liz posted May 2, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I don’t mind the dark chocolate shavings at all! What a great idea.

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    Megan posted May 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    The soft-boiled egg and grits is calling out to me! It looks amazing. (And I’m saying that when there’s chocolate on this page too!)

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    OliePants posted May 3, 2012 at 12:07 am

    I think you and I are foodie soul mates. I absolutely love all your eats as of late!! And I can definitely drink my dessert!

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    Elizabeth posted May 3, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    I need that bread pudding, mmmm.

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    Rhonda posted May 3, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    I am only thinking about that cocktail now! It looks fabulous. Oh and I also love TJ’s sweet potato fries. yum.

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    Molly Galler posted May 4, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Well, officially drooling. Bianca, your photos are so gorgeous and now you have me craving truffles!!

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    Honey What's Cooking posted May 4, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    the truffle cocktail looks delicious. when i think of truffles, i typically think of chocolate on the inside and outside, but i really love anything really. :)

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    Adri @FoodieBeFit posted May 7, 2012 at 12:21 am

    I have been wanting to make truffles for ever, but always find such good options out there. I am so jealous about the bread pudding, that is my very favorite dessert! And have not found a good one around here.

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    Daisy posted May 7, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I LOVE frangelico! also great to see your roundup of the latest and greatest. I am dying to get to The Painted Burro!

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    Simply Life posted May 7, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    oooh I love the way you celebrated this fabulous holiday! :)

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