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GRACIELLA McPHERSON’S BRAZILIAN BRIGADIEROS [chocolate truffles]  

  • 3+ Tbsp butter 
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk 
  • 4 Tbsp cocoa powder or fine-grated extra dark chocolate
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • STEP 1 

In a medium heavy-based saucepan, heat the butter, condensed milk, a pinch of salt and the cocoa or chocolate, to boiling, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Reduce the heat to medium-low; cook for 10-15 mins, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick and shiny and starts to pull away from the bottom. 

  • STEP 2 

Stir in the vanilla and vigorously mix again. Pour the mixture onto a buttered plate. Chill for at least 2 hrs. 

  • STEP 3 

Butter your hands and pinch off some of the chocolate to make small balls. Place your toppings into small bowls and roll the balls in one of the toppings. Place in mini paper baking cups or on a tray lined with non-stick baking paper.

Topping suggestions: Graciella prefers chocolate or colored sprinkles. You can also use chopped almonds, walnut, pecans, or pistachios, or flaked coconut. 

 

 

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  1. Health Nuts are going to feel pretty stupid someday, lying in the hospitals, dying of nothing. Anonymous
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  3. Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt. Abraham Lincoln
  4. Freedom of expression is the foundation of human rights, the source of humanity and the mother of truth. Liu Xiaobo
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  6. Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear. Mark Twain
  7. Music is what feelings sound like. Anonymous
  8. He is simply a hole in the air. George Orwell
  9. You know that tingly feeling you get when you like someone? That’s common sense leaving your body. Anonymous
  10. Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Anonymous

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I’ve received so many requests for this snack recipe that I decided to give it to everybody. It’s perfect to make for any gift-giveaway occasion. And the good news - it’s healthier than cookies. Here it is. Enjoy!

SWEET AND ZESTY NUTS

Preheat oven to 250°, with oven rack in center position.
Spray large rimmed cookie sheet, or jellyroll pan liberally with cooking spray.
 
2 Egg whites
2 C Roasted and salted almonds
2 C Roasted and salted cashews
2 C Pecan halves or walnut halves, or - 1 C pecans and 1 C walnuts
1 C dried tart cherries (preferred) or cranberries (I’ve tried dried sweet cherries. The result will be slightly sweeter.)
 
1 1/2 C brown sugar
1 C white sugar
1 rounded teaspoon curry powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon

 
In a large bowl, whisk egg whites until frothy. Add nuts and cherries and stir until coated.

In a small bowl, combine sugar, curry powder, cayenne pepper and cinnamon.
Sprinkle sugar and spice mixture over nuts and cherries and toss until coated. Arrange
mixture in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes until golden and
fragrant, stirring gently about halfway through. Cool for at least one hour.
 
Using a spatula, remove nuts from baking sheet and separate into bite size pieces with those multi-purpose tools God gave you - your fingers.