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Old 09-19-2006, 07:01 PM   #51
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About the smell/fragrance...It is said that they used to use boy pigs to hunt them, because the truffle smells like the girl pig in heat. Maybe that's why more women dislike them than men?
Constance, its the other way around:

"but while dogs must be trained to the scent of truffles, FEMALE pigs or sows need no training whatsoever. This is due to a compound within the truffle which has an uncanny resemblance to the sex pheromone of male pigs or boars to which the sow is keenly attracted"
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Old 09-21-2006, 11:15 PM   #52
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I've only seen truffles once in my life - about 2 years ago .... they were about 1/2 the size of a golf ball ... the black ones were $45 and the white one was $125. From the smell - I can see where too much of a good thing could be too much.

gobo - $45 for a Bison Burger? That must have been one fantastic burger, or one very expensive hotel! I used to go to a little place on the outskirts of Denver every week and get one (1/3 pound of buffalo) for about $5 - although in the 12 years since I left there they have gone up to $6.50 (I just checked their menu at Clancy's Irish Pub). Although, I don't know what the price of a buffalo burger has to do with truffles ....
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Old 10-20-2006, 02:09 PM   #53
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The burger was great! And the hotel was very expensive.
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Old 11-09-2006, 12:48 PM   #54
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Truffles are a great additon to a dish when you need a fresh woodsey flavor added to it. If you like mushrooms you will love topping a pasta with a few shavings of truffles. White truffles come from Italy and Black truffles are from France. If you don't want to spend a ton of money on fesh truffles buy a container of truffle oil. This oil has been infused with powdered truffles. It still can be sort of expensive though.
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Old 11-09-2006, 12:52 PM   #55
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The more it sounds like mushrooms, the less interested in trying it I become.

I still havn't seen it around any of the stores I go to, not that I go to many. My mom does the groceries.
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Old 11-09-2006, 05:07 PM   #56
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Last night we had truffled polenta. I had a bit of polenta with truffle bits in it that I added to some plain polenta and then finished it with about 2 tbs of truffle butter! Everyone was in a state of euphoria from the truffles. Two of our dinner guests had never had them before and just went nuts. The flavor is so incredible - worth trying at least once!!

Try to find the truffle butter. You can melt a bit on a perfectly cooked steak, put it in polenta, scrambled eggs, so many things. It's the perfect finishing touch!
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Old 11-10-2006, 01:19 PM   #57
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OMG! I clicked on this thread because I had just tried a simple delicious recipe in the Kraft Food & Family magazine I had just gotten that was for "Easy Oreo Truffles" and now I find out that truffles arent what I thought they were lol Why on earth did Kraft call their yummy chocolatey dessert "truffles" then? I always thought something that looked like these were called bon bons. Oh well, I learn something new everyday!
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Old 11-10-2006, 01:25 PM   #58
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LOL dalentam both things are truffles. One is a dessert and the other is a fungus. They share the same name, but are obviously very different items
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Old 11-10-2006, 02:50 PM   #59
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GB is right - and both are foods of the Gods!!!
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Gobo,truffles are similar to mushrooms in the same way that a Ferrari is similar to a FIAT . They are absolutely different. And not only in price.
Truffle smelling is unique: or you love it, or you hate it. It's impossible to be indifferent.
For those that are using a truffle oil, be carefull: generally, truffle smelling in oils is chemical. Very similar, but chemical (I too use it).
Generally too, is pure truffle adding in butters or pastes.
Dalentam, "truffles" desserts are called so because looking is similar: a dark ball, with a nut color inside.
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