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Truffle bar… cake?

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I’m not really sure how to categorize this little beauty, aside from it being STUPID delicious. It’s no bake, and a perfect treat for Valentines day. This makes quite a bit of this delicious truffle cake thing, but wrap slices of this tasty treat in a piece of parchment paper and hand them out. (Just make sure to keep them cold)

This is seriously outrageously decadent, and delicious… with just a hint of warmth from the cayenne and cinnamon, and strong notes of orange. Seriously, so good. If you want to make it extra fancy, dust the outside of the loaf with cocoa powder, but even just naked, you can’t go wrong.

Also, just a few things of note, very quickly. A) CONGRATS to my friends Sam and Jay on the new addition to their family… they just welcomed a sweet baby girl into the world! B) This will be my last real post this week. Hopefully I’ll have another addition to the how to section on Friday, but after that, I’ll be offline for a week.

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Chicken with blood orange and fennel salad

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This chicken is stupid good. Sweet and savory, with just enough bite, and wicked pretty. Now, fennel is a very personal taste, but I happen to love it, particularly when paired with some sweet juicy blood oranges. The whole thing is dressed with a delicious balsamic vinaigrette. (This will make a ton of dressing… I suggest having it in the fridge at all times. It’s good on all sorts of salads, used as a marinade, you name it.)

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Cranberry apple sauce

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That there photo above is courtesy of my dad, Joe Stanton.

So, I wanted something Thanksgiving-ey, and decided that I could something with cranberry sauce. I didn’t want to add a ton of sugar like most even homemade cranberry sauces have, so I decided that apples were the way to go. I knew that they would make an awesome sauce because well… apple sauce is awesome! This sauce takes a bit of time, however it is DIRT SIMPLE. The most pain in the ass part of it is prepping the apples.

This sauce can certainly be served chunky, but I personally prefer a jelly style cranberry sauce, so I stick this stuff in a blender. It is SO GOOD, so go make it now. It can be served like either cranberry sauce OR apple sauce would be. I would absolutely think about using this in place of apple sauce in recipes that call for it. (Dear crock pot… you, this sauce, and some pork might be hanging out sometime soon.)

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Larb, or Thai meat salad

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This can be officially known as the week of the lime now…

This beauty could be considered vaguely like Thai Larb, or a meat salad. There are certainly some strong Thai inspired flavors here, and really REALLY hit the spot. It’s usually made with sticky rice or crispy rice, but I obviously left that stuff out, and it was still delicious. When I was testing the recipe, I added some chopped cashews on top, but found I didn’t really need them. Feel free to do so, or peanuts if that is your thing. (By the way, to any Thai folks, I realize this is far enough from what it is supposed to be as almost to be offensive, but it’s totally because I love Thai food and couldn’t live without it…) I made mine with pork, but if you don’t like or should have pork (DAD!!!!!) chicken or turkey is fantastic as well. One last little note, then on to the main event, I promise: I used cukes, carrots, and radishes. I suspect a wide variety of veggies would be awesome here.

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Shrimp lettuce wrap tacos

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Shrimp Lettuce wrap tacos. Wow, these are SO good. I apologize about the craptastic pictures, but it was after dark, and staying crappy outside so better pictures just aren’t happening right now. As soon as it gets nicer out, I’ll try and recook and rephotograph.

Anyway, back to the point. These are so easy, that I almost feel bad calling it a recipe, but hey. They are delicious, and can be customized to each person, so they are perfect for a family of differing tastes. These are also wickedly tasty with the citrus slaw. Yummy!!

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Citrus pickled slaw with radishes

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Well, my couple days off for Frankenstorm turned into a week of mental health for me, but it was totally worth it, I promise. I just needed some time to refresh my brain, and I’m feeling back and better than ever!!

So, meet Citrus Pickled Slaw with Radishes. This is really for a shrimp lettuce wrap taco recipe I hope to have ready by Wednesday, but this stuff is so good it really needed it’s own recipe. There is a bit of a Mexican flare to it, and it can add zip and zing to a ton of different things. Burgers, fish, tacos, it’s pretty versatile. I personally used a prepackaged cabbage mix as well, to save some time. I highly suggest this, but feel free to shred whatever kind of cabbage and go from there. I used an Asian cabbage mix because it’s got lots of textures. There are a few notes about the ingredients in the recipe, so make sure to give the whole thing a gander before embarking on voyage ‘Holy shit this is some tasty stuff’.

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