This weekend, we were invited to three different parties. That meant six different covered dishes, and much of the weekend in the kitchen cooking. I have a bad habit of making too much to take to someone’s house. I knew I needed enough potato salad for nine people, but prepared six bags of new potatoes. I had enough potato salad to feed an army. The pan in which I put the berry cobbler I baked for Friday night was so full it slopped over the sides and got all over the carpet in husband’s car. The same was true for the fruit salad, and the dip of cream cheese and marshmallow fluff which needed two bowls to hold it all. The most time consuming thing I made was Oreo truffles. I first had these at work last week and they are DELICIOUS! They taste like they came from a fancy candy store. In reality, they are only crushed Oreo cookies mixed with cream cheese and dipped into melted chocolate. Oh, are they good. While the recipe is simple, they are time consuming. All those cookies must be crushed. I can use the blender as long as I didn’t put more than about six cookies in at a time. Anymore jams up the machine. I made the mistake of putting a whole package in at first and had to dig the cookies out to start over. Once the mixture of Oreos and cream cheese is done, then, you have to roll the balls of filling and dip them in the chocolate. I had quadrupled the recipe and by the time I was halfway done, I was sick of the process of rolling the balls and swishing them into the chocolate, so, the last half of the Oreo mixture, I patted into a pan and poured the chocolate over the top. Efficient, but not a good idea. I thought I could cut the pan into small squares, but the chocolate is brittle and crumbles. It is a real mess. I think I will issue spoons and just have everyone eat out of the pan. I often bite off more than I can chew (or more than my blender can crush in this case) both when cooking and in life. Our church is going through the process of setting goals and choosing ministries to focus upon for the upcoming school year. A friend asked how I was planning on being involved, and I rattled off three areas that I want to participate. He looked at me and said, “You can’t do three things.” No one will stop me from signing up for them, but he knows that I will not have the time or energy to do three ministries well. Hopefully, I will learn from my cooking extravaganza and not overdo. That’s asking a lot of me, but maybe, just maybe, I’ll listen to the voice of experience for a change. All the Oreo crumbs on the counter could be a good incentive.
1 package of Oreo cookies (18 oz) I’ve tried plain and mint, both are delicious
1 8 oz block of cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 8 oz blocks of Baker’s semi sweet chocolate
Crush Oreos, blend with cream cheese and add vanilla. Roll into balls (makes about 48). Melt chocolate and dip balls of filling in it. Set on wax paper and refrigerate one hour before serving. Store refrigerated.
Warning: For your sanity and waistline, only make one batch at a time!