When we eat, we not only taste and smell the food, but we also look at its presentation. The visual experience is so important, because at the end, the food we prepare must be eaten and enjoyed by our guests or loved ones. “You first eat with your eyes” is a saying that is absolutely true and it is the basis of gourmet restaurants everywhere.
Have you noticed how our favorite dishes sometimes connect us to our past? I have so many memories of my grandparents, but it is interesting how most of them involve food and sitting around the table or chopping ingredients in the kitchen.
After a long week of work, those two glorious days known as the “weekend” can be just what the mind and body need to recoup. It’s the time to relax, feed your soul, and feed your belly. I suggest also feeding your friends. There’s nothing that beats spending time with the family you choose and treating them to some tasty dishes.
Usually grits are served very creamy with tons of butter. This version of a classic brunch food has far less fat than traditional recipes. Here, I use a healthier fat (olive and truffle oil) and just a little bit of prosciutto for flavor and salty notes. The dish comes out quickly thanks to the instant grits, so you can prepare it for breakfast, lunch, or even late-night dinner. One egg per person is enough protein to keep you satisfied for hours.
In keeping with this issue’s heart-healthy theme, I thought that I’d focus on healthy recipes. But it’s hard to get excited for health food. So I decided to create some heart-healthy versions of classic home cooked meals that we all crave. That way we all win!
When I am craving something rich, I always think about chocolate truffles. These small chocolate truffles can be made ahead and are great for a party. They have a firm consistency that lasts and you can make them with different coatings, such as unsweetened cocoa powder, roasted almonds, or melted white chocolate. Arrange them on a pretty platter and serve them with your favorite after-dinner drinks! This rich chocolate dessert is very tempting and elegant, I promise!