Goat Cheese Truffles

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So, there are hundreds of recipes out there for Thanksgiving. And, for those who are either pretty competent cooks, or, had plenty of time to prepare, these are great. But, if you’re in need of a quick and super easy appetizer, you can whip up some, of what I’m calling, Goat Cheese Truffles to go along with your lovely Thanksgiving meal. 

Here’s what you’ll need:
(Below will serve about 14-16 truffles)

  • 8oz of goat cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 small package of pecan pieces

First, just place the goat cheese into a small bowl and break it up.

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Add in the cinnamon and pepper for a more fall, Thanksgiving vibe and flavor (neither spice is necessary, or, you can add in anything else that you’d like, even dried cranberries). 

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Mash that all together, and scoop out a spoon full of the goat cheese mixture. Roll it up to about the size of a large gum ball.

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Then, just roll each truffle ball into the pecan pieces, pressing the pecans into the cheese to stick. And that’s it! You can serve them as-is, or, add some crackers onto a platter. You can also pop them onto some parchment paper and a baking sheet and heat them up a bit, totally up to you. Either way, it’s a 5 minute appetizer that doesn’t look or taste like you waited till the last minute.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Spices and Tease

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Food can be totally delicious. But, think about going to a restaurant or food vendor and eating unseasoned, completely bare food. I’m pretty sure that all of those places would be out of business. If you’re looking for the hub of spices and teas, look no further than Spices and Tease from my Grand Central Tour

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This business spans four generations back of trading spices, providing 30 varieties of homemade spice blends, 18 different peppers, 13 types of gourmet salt, over 70 original spices and seeds, 25 herbs and botanical plants, and 180 exotic imported teas. Phew! So, yeah, they have what you need. Spices are pictured above.

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And here are some of the teas. 

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I picked up some Hawaiian Black Lava Salt because, a) I’ve never tried it before, and b) It looked really cool (duh). The salt gets its color by mixing it with activated charcoal which is said to give it a distinctive nutty flavor.

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And then, because I can never pass up some candy, I got some Fennel Candy. It’s one of my favorite parts about dining out at an Indian restaurant, and now I don’t have to leave home to enjoy it. 

The Shorts:
Name: Spices and Tease
Location: 78 Grand Central Terminal, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes. Now, it’s not the least expensive place you might get spices, but, everything is quality and you’ll never not be able to find something.
Would I recommend it? Yes, they also have great gift packages for your favorite foodie.