Sunday, January 10, 2010

Egg Noodles

Although it was a beautiful, sunny day yesterday, the thermometer still dipped in the single digits and I thought it was high time for soup. I have been wanting to make egg noodles for some time, but have given in to convenience and bought the frozen variety instead. After a little research I discovered that homemade egg noodles are very simple and worth the effort. I let them dry briefly on wire racks and stirred them in to some chicken noodle soup about 25 minutes before we sat down to eat. If you have some freezer space available I think it would be wise to make a double batch and keep some on hand for a quick weeknight meal.

Egg Noodles
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup whole milk
1 T. butter, melted

Stir together flour and salt. Add the beaten egg, milk, and butter. Knead dough for about 5 minutes or until smooth. Cover and let rest in bowl for 10 minutes. On a floured surface, roll out to 1/8 inch thick and cut into strips. Air dry until ready to cook.
**Note: When I started to roll the noodles, they did not want to cooperate. I had read somewhere that if you let the dough rest for a few more minutes it should be easier to work with. I did, and it definitely did the trick!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Oreo Truffles

I know you are thinking "Just what I need, more sweet recipes to crush my diet in 2010", but these just HAVE to be shared. Apparently they have popped up in the blogosphere time and again, but they had alluded me until my hairdresser mentioned their chocolately goodness which sent me straight to the internet to investigate. I decided on the following ratios:

Oreo Truffles
36 oreos
1 8oz. package cream cheese, softened
chocolate chips (for dipping)
white chocolate chips (for drizzling)

In the bowl of a food processor, pulse oreos until they are ground. Add cream cheese and blend well. The mixture looks very sticky, but is easily handled. Roll into small balls and refrigerate well. Dip chilled balls in melted chocolate and drizzle with white chocolate if desired. Store in refrigerator.

Please note that if you have an aversion to black oreo dust getting lodged between your teeth, these are the perfect alternative! They are the bite-sized answers to your snacking prayers.