Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Used Bookstores Are Full of Treasures!

My family lives in a small town.  We are also avid readers.  We also enjoy a wide variety of hobbies from gardening, cooking, amature radio and rocketry.  Well a couple of weeks ago we were out of town and found ourselves in Half Price Books- a bookstore that has a little of everything  As I looked from knitting and sewing books, through the romance section I finally landed in the cookbook section.  Now I love a good cookbook -it can be baking, canning, crockpot recipes and on.  After checking out the collection I settled on a cookbook for my daughter.  Her first cookbook mind you.  It met all the right criteria- lots of color pictures of the recipes and as I flipped through I noticed many recipes that would fit our tastes.  The cookbook that made it home is The Taste of Home Cookbook All New Edition
My daughter has been taking more of an interest in baking and cooking this summer and since I have a cookbook collection shouldn't she start one?  The first recipe she wanted to make is chocolate ganache tarts.  This recipe is out of the cookbook from Lorraine Caland
Ingredients:  1/2 cup softened butter
3 ounces cream cheese softened
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
whipped cream, fresh raspberries, and confectioners' sugar optional
1.   In a small bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth; beat in flour.  Drop dough by scant tablespoons full into greased mini muffin cups; with well floured hands , press dough onto bottoms and up sides of cups.
2.  Bake at 325 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
3.  In a small saucepan, melt chocolate chips with cream over low heat; stir until blended.  Transfer to a small bowl; cover and refrigerate until firm.
4.  Beat chocolate mixture until soft peaks form.  Pipe or spoon into shells.  Garnish with whipped cream, raspberries and confectioners' sugar if desired.
My daughter's creation is pictured above.  They were delicious!
All in all if you are out and about I encourage you to go into a bookstore near you and flip open the cover on some books!

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