Tuesday, February 11, 2014

National Peppermint Patty Day - Feb. 11th; Chef B. Smith

Chef B. Smith
Smith was a model before she became a chef, and was the first African-American woman to appear on the cover of Mademoiselle (1976). She has three restaurants, has acted on stage, made television appearances and hosted B. Smith with Style, and written three cookbooks, the most recent B. Smith Cooks Southern-Style.

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February 11th is Peppermint Patty Day! I don't have a recipe for these, but I can share a recipe that could probably be chocolate-coated (I'll have to try it).

Party Mints
8 oz. cream cheese
2 lbs. powdered sugar
Flavoring, to taste
Food color to suit the occasion
Granulated sugar
Directions: Mix cheese and powdered sugar. Add flavoring and color as desired. Pinch off small pieces of dough and roll into a ball. Roll ball in granulated sugar. Press in molds. Let mints dry on wax paper. Makes 200 molded mints.
For a small batch: 2 oz. cream cheese, 1 3/4 C. powdered sugar, 1/4 tsp. mint flavoring, food color as desired. Makes about 50 mints.
Notes: “For a mint flavor, buy ‘mint’ flavoring – use this sparingly. These freeze and keep well. Molds can be purchased at stores selling cake decorations. Buy ‘mint’ flavoring at the grocery store.” 

These were made for a family member's wedding, done in the wedding colors, and are addictively delicious.

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