Steve from Milk Pail
Tuesday March 20th 2012, 10:07 pm
Filed under: Food,Friends

There was a birthday celebration tonight of the Mormon Church’s Relief Society, the oldest women’s group in the world. Dinner was served.

And not only that. As it happened, we had Steve Rasmussen, the owner of Milk Pail, bringing cheeses for everybody to sample and rave over. (And believe me, we did.)

Steve carved open a huge wheel and set a gadget to it that I had never seen the like of: it was about the width and height of the wheel, and, as he explained to me in an aside, it was a descendant of an antique iron heated at the fireplace. It warmed that cheese right inside its rind and then Steve scooped the melting goodness out and handed it out on small slices of french bread. Bliss.

I told him I had gotten a call from my daughter in Michigan this very afternoon–she had run out of Milk Pail’s vanilla and nobody else’s came close. Help!

Remember when I was making all those tortes? I had enough cream left for one last pair, but six was kind of enough. So. By that point I had crushed together some bittersweet and a fairly dark bittersweet chocolate, and improvising a bit on the ratio with the amount of cream left over, I melted them into it and hoped. I mean, you can’t go too wrong there, even if it ends up as just chocolate sauce.

It was a bit thicker than the usual ganache. Good. Into the fridge. Then I rolled balls of it in Bergenfield cocoa and froze the truffles: manufacturing cream, dark chocolate, the best cocoa on the outside. That was it.

I took some with me tonight and offered some to Steve to thank him for making that cream available and just to say how much I loved what he’s done with his life with that business. He absolutely swooned over the first truffle and asked for a second. Did my heart good. Thank you, Steve!

And I will never wonder again what to do with any extra of that cream. Wow. That really really really worked.

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Oooo! All that chocolaty goodness is making me salivate.

Comment by Jody 03.21.12 @ 1:47 am

That truffle sounds good. I will make some and take them to the next Rosh Chodesh (the next new moon) which “I’ve” been told is the oldest women’s group 🙂

Comment by afton 03.21.12 @ 5:00 am

Sounds incredible… I’m just glad I didn’t have to choose between the melty cheese and the truffle. Both, please and thank you?

Comment by Channon 03.21.12 @ 6:26 am

Actually, I think perhaps the ladies of Lysistrata formed the first women’s group! (Is it time for another “Lysistratagem”?)

Comment by Abby 03.21.12 @ 6:33 am

I missed the Birthday dinner–it was a progressive dinner–so I am waiting for reports on it.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 03.21.12 @ 8:15 am

Oh, Lordy! Alison chocolate truffles! I can hardly wait!

Comment by Don Meyer 03.21.12 @ 9:29 am

Oooooh….those sound wonderful. All I’ve got at home is the bag of frozen chocolate chips. Originally to keep from summer melting and the “not me” snackers raiding the cupboard. Then we discovered how good they are frozen!

Comment by DebbieR 03.21.12 @ 12:09 pm

I’m practically swooning over just the thought of those truffles. And thanks for the link to the cocoa.

In my imagination it was very, very fun telling the owner of a wonderful store how wonderful it is.

Comment by RobinM 03.21.12 @ 1:30 pm

some of the best new recipes get created in just this way!

Comment by Bev 03.22.12 @ 9:43 am

I can’t find the name of the cheese melting device, but that sounds like raclette

something that absolutely fascinated me from the moment I first discovered it existed.

Melted cheese scraped directly off the wheel? YES PLEASE. Pass the lactase.

Comment by Alix in MV 03.22.12 @ 3:48 pm

A friend and her husband refer to chocolate as “the C”. These truffles would be “The bold font capital C”.

Comment by twinsetellen 03.24.12 @ 5:17 am

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