jeudi 22 décembre 2011

in the kitchen with: johnny battles’ trio of truffles

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I can’t decide which was more fun this week: making the truffles or corresponding with Eric “Johnny” Battles, chocolatier and founder of Sweeteeth in North Charleston, South Carolina. I was so curious when Johnny offered a series of flavors, none of which I had ever considered pairing with chocolate. As luck would have it, Grace, Amy and I all chose the same three flavors from Johnny’s list, and that’s what we’re bringing to you this week, a trio of truffles: Rosemary and Vanilla Bean, Star Anise and Rose-Peppercorn, and Toasted Coriander Truffles. I thought featuring something easy and unique that could function as a gift would be great. An assortment of truffles is what my husband plans to give his family members . . . if he doesn’t eat them all first. I plan to do my own experimenting using Johnny’s base recipe. If you make these or experiment with your own flavor combinations, let us know! — Kristina

About Sweeteeth: Sweeteeth was started in 2008 by Eric “Johnny” Battles, a tattooed Alabama boy and self-taught chocolatier. Johnny began experimenting with chocolate while working at EVO Pizza in North Charleston, SC. His bon-bons soon appeared on the dessert menu and quickly became a hit. It wasn’t long before other shops started carrying Johnny’s chocolates, so he decided to dedicate all his efforts to his craft, which is making mouths across the country happy. Johnny’s partner, Christina Vandiver, works on the business and PR side. You can see videos of Johnny making chocolate on Sweeteeth’s website.

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Perform a Complete Financial Tuneup with This Customizable 31-Step Checklist [Personal Finance]

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Getting your finances in order means thinking about insurance, retirement, credit, budgeting, and much more. That doesn't have to be overwhelming, though. This checklist from the New York Times can help make sense out of all the things you should be doing. More »


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weekly wrap up + mon carnet holiday downloads

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*The adorable images above and below are free downloadable cards and desktop wallpaper designed by Eva Juliet at Mon Carnet!

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Gmail-powered 'Send a Call from Santa' Offers Personalized Phone Calls to Kids and Coworkers [Holidays]

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Google (and Lifehacker) occasionally get in the holiday spirit, as when we covered Google Map's NORAD Santa Tracker. If your kids are expecting a visit from Santa you can answer a few questions and have Google call your child and leave a personalized message. More »


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Make a DIY Microphone Pop Filter [DIY]

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Pop filters are used to avoid sharp "P" and "B" sounds from overloading the mic level and causing distortion; these are known as ‘plosives. Most commercial pop filters are $20-40, but you can build your own with an embroidery hoop, a dowel, and panythose for a fraction of that. More »


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Remove Excess Fat from Soups and Casseroles with an Ice Cube [Kitchen Hacks]

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If the sauce, soup, or casserole you're making has a bit too much grease or fat, drop an ice cube into it. Tips and tricks weblog Life Hackery reports that the ice cube will attract the fat, which you can then easily scoop out with a spoon. More »


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spooled

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I go through phases with my headphones. Sometimes I happily tune out the sounds of the city in favor of my own personal life soundtrack, and other times I want to listen to the people around me. These days I’m in a major headphones phase and finding myself constantly trying to untangle the wires from my coat buttons or the keys in my pocket. These little earbud holders called Spooled are perfect for the headphone-wearer in your life who prefers minimal buds to chunkier headphones. Each little unit is designed to look like a vintage thread spool and will keep the cords in line and the buds protected (good if, like me, you have a cat that likes to hunt the buds and try to eat them). If you’re looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer, this little $8 device would be perfect. Click here to pick up one online. xo, grace

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Send a Personalized Video Message from Santa, Thanks to Google [Video]

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If getting a personalized Google-powered call from Santa isn't enough for your children, how about a personalized video? You can now choose between sending the personalized call, as before, or a customized cartoon video to anyone in the world. More »


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