Monday, December 19, 2011

Hamptons Dream Home & Dark Chocolate Truffle Recipe

I can't believe Christmas is in less than 7 days! I still don't feel quite ready and I am really hoping for some snow to make it feel more like Christmas! I am also making yummy dark chocolate truffles today which always make it feel like the Holidays.

Today I wanted to feature a home designed by Alexander Gorlin Architects. Here are a few words taken from Alexander Gorlin Architects about the project: "Our recently completed 12,000 square foot summer house for a family of four in the East End of the Hamptons takes full advantage of its location between the bay and the ocean to offer views of both. With an emphasis on entertaining, the house includes guest suites, staff quarters, an outdoor pool and a rooftop terrace." Sounds amazing to me, I have family near the Hamptons, it is such a beautiful part of the country. I suggest that everyone visits
 Beautiful use of materials on the facade of the house!

The vaulted ceilings bring in even more light and the natural elements are calming. The interiors give the look of a beach house while not being themey.

I love the view-through fireplace and walls of floor to ceiling windows.

I would love to have this view from my dining room. All of the glossy surfaces and white reflects light making it feel even more open and airy. Those are the perfect pendants!

Check out that stairway and the amazing custom slab table.

High quality craftsmanship pays off in any project and durable materials last forever.

The drapery is installed in a track to hide the hardware and there are multiple layers of drapery so you can control the amount of light in a beautiful way!

The free-standing tub is gorgeous. I love how the wood paneling wraps into the interior of the space, creating a connection between the architecture and the interior design!

Wood paneled shower stalls is a perfect way to accommodate large number of guests.
Clerestory windows are perfect for a bathroom, they give privacy with tons of natural daylight.

A view through the entire house is such a great design and all of the windows bring in natural light and outdoors!

This boardwalk is fabulous, what an easy walk to the beach...
Chocolate Truffles...

Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Truffles courtesy of Ghirardelli!
Yield: 30 Truffles
  • 1 3/4 cup(s) 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/3 cup(s) Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1/3 cup(s) heavy whipping cream
  • 6 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces


    • In a small saucepan, bring the cream to a simmer. Add the butter and stir until melted. Add the chocolate chips. Stir until completely melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and pour into a shallow bowl.
    • Cool, cover, and refrigerate the mixture until firm, at least 2 hours.
    • Using a melon baller or small spoon, roll the mixture into 1-inch balls. Roll each ball in the cocoa. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
    • Note: The Unsweetened Cocoa can be replaced with 3/4 cup of chopped almonds or pecans.

    I have made these truffles many times and they are melt-in-your-mouth amazing! I am making them tonight and I will try to share more photos of mine later! Thanks for stopping by,

1 comment:

  1. I would love to hear any comments about the Dream Home or the truffles. Have you been baking cookies this Holiday?