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Friday, December 31, 2010

Flowers On A Friday - Celebration Style

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Well Kids, it's almost here, a brand new year. Are you ready for it? Are you doing the whole resolution thing? I have a few things that I hope to do, and not do, next year. Before midnight I hope to decide on my word for next year. You know, a single word that sort of sums-up the theme that I hope to live by, and focus on. I'll let you know what I come up with. How about you, what would your word be?
I feel really ready to make some changes in my life, and I'm really looking forward to getting started. I choose not to think of them as resolutions, because historically I've not done well with resolutions, I just want to make some improvements, and try some fresh approaches to things. I promise to share some of this with you, as I get going.
I'm wishing all of you big sweet kisses, fireworks, and beverages that tickle your noses. Happy Almost New Year!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Meatless Monday - A Package From Veganville

Seeing that beauty I bet I have you attention, right? Over the holidays to received a lovely package of goodies from Veganville. One word - Yum!!! This little lovely is called a Vegan PB Chocolate Chip Voopee Pie. It is peanut buttery, chocolaty, and yummy (did I say that already? Sorry, I couldn't help but repeat that part). Gigi also added one little pumpkin creation to the mix, which was simply cruel because I want more!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy Holidays

Thank you for all your support, kind comments, and general wonderfulness throughout this past year, it means so much to me. The love out there in the blog world is amazing, and I feel so lucky to have made so many wonderful friends. Thank you, thank you loyal readers you truly brighten my days. Happy Holidays.

Hugs, Jennifer

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Send It Forwards

Are you noticing that between this post, and the last, that a theme is forming? Maybe it's the time of year, but I seem to be thinking forwards and backwards. It is, after all, that resolution time of year. Today, it's all about forward thinking. I learned about this really interesting site, it's called Future Me, and I am all about it right now. The deal is, you write emails to yourself, in the future. Then, on the designated date, the email is delivered to you. How cool is that? I highly recommend you send at least one to yourself, dated for a year from now, it is totally therapeutic! I thought I'd just write a quick little somethin'-somethin' to myself for fun, but when I started writing, it was amazing, all the stuff that poured out of me. I believe it will be phenomenal to receive, and it was so cathartic to write. It was this lovely self nurturing experience. I really loved doing it, and I think I will make it a regular habit. It has so many layers to it. It could be used as a simple way to organize your life, it's a great business tool, or it could be a deeply profound reminder from the person that is, hopefully, most dear to you. I'm completely sold on it. Check it out.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Pay It Backwards

It's time for a little more Guerrilla Holiday fun! You've heard of pay it forward, right? Well this time I paid it backwards. I went through my local coffee drive-thru and paid for the car behind me. Which was fun, but it gets even better. The next morning when I went back, the barista told me that I had started a chain of pay it backwards. Twenty one cars had carried on the kindness, and paid for the car behind them! How cool is that?! Yahoo, I'm feelin' the Guerrilla love! Makes me want to go hug a stranger. XOXO

Monday, December 20, 2010

Meatless Monday - The Big Vegan "Cheese" Comparison

As requested, here is my two cents worth on vegan "cheeses". After a great deal of trial and error, and I do mean errors (yuck), this is what I have found to be true. As a former cheese lovin' girl vegan cheese is just not the same. It's not, they try, but they just aren't there yet. This being said, there are some pretty good substitutes out there. There are also some scary ones to run away from. So, here is my own personal list of suggestions. 
Teese Creamy Cheddar Sauce - can rock some mac and "cheese"

Their Nacho Sauce will do the trick if you are craving some Nachos.
In the mood for a grilled sandwich? Try Follow Your Heart's - Cheddar . A little cooking tip - it takes quite a bit of heat to melt this stuff so I grill the sandwich and then I pop it in the microwave for 10 seconds to get the melt going. Their Mozzarella is good for this too.

I've gotta go with Sheese - Blue  as my blue cheese substitute.
The best flavor award goes to Dr Cow. All varieties of this stuff are amazingly delicious. Not readily available on the west coast (can you say mail order?), and not cheap, but definitely worth the extra effort, and money, for special occasions. Spread on crackers this will impress even the most finicky foodie. Really, it is an artisan product. Amazing!

My favorite all around choice goes to Daiya Cheddar. A nice choice to have on hand to sprinkle on whatever. Daiya's Mozzarella is the best for pizza making.

 Nutritional Yeast  comes in a flake form, and isn't like cheese at all, but it adds a cheesy flavor to a lot of things. I like it sprinkled on broccoli and popcorn. You can find a recipe for Nooch Sauce here on my blog. It is a really delicious Welsh rarebit type of sauce. It's a vegetarian classic.  Yummy.

And finally, let me tell you what to avoid. I don't want to be mean, but...
Vegan Rella (sorry, yuck)
Rice Vegan (sorry, yuck)
Soy Vegan (sorry, also yuck)
These seem readily available, but no one would ever consider giving up dairy if they tasted these substitutes. So as a public service, I say YUCK!
There you have it, my two cents worth, I hope it helps. If any of my readers have any other suggestions please let me/us know.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Festival Of Lights Mini Movie And More Guerrilla Love

My dear buddy, Nat Montoya, created this pretty little movie of The Festive Of Lights. If it doesn't get you into a holiday frame of mind nothing will. Enjoy. Thanks Nat for sharing.
I'm so excited, the Guerrilla Love is spreading! Many folks have posted it on their blogs and people are giving in small and sweet ways. Hooray! It totally warms my heart! Sparkle The Cat did a really sweet thing, she knew that a fellow blogger was going through a tough time so she bought them something off of their Amazon wish list. K Spinning has put a group of Girl Scouts up too the challenge, I can't wait to see what they do. My buddy Jamie, from Lyrical Journey, is helping to spread the word, and the chocolate chip cookies.  Fin is meowing it out, over at Housecat Confidential, and Tammy Lee gave it a shout out, over on Bliss And Folly. Penelope is giving out Merry Christmoose Postcards to clerks that seem to be having a rough day. GiGi and Larry, over in Veganville, were kind enough to give some of their yummy baked goodies to a young, hungry, fella, in need.  And this is just a small sampling of the Guerrilla Kindness. How about you? Have you done any random acts of Guerrilla Kindness that you would like to share. I think it makes us all feel a bit more jolly, so feel free to join in, it's fun!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Color Of The Year

The folks at Pantone have announced their pick for color of the year, and here it is, Honeysuckle Pink. I think it is a bold choice. Certainly not for everyone, but I think I like it. For me, I think I'd go a bit more in the beat-up-ballet-slipper-pink direction, but I can work with it. It sure is upbeat. What do you think?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Meatless Monday - Perfect Winter Breakfast

I had a great time at the Festival Of Lights. I have a funny story to share. I decided to give the Guerrilla Gift to one of the volunteers that had worked very hard to make the event go smoothly. I wanted to have her discover the gift (one of my necklaces, on a gold ribbon) as she was doing her work. One of her jobs was to take care of these little luminary bags. I kept tying the ribbon onto the bags, but she kept missing it. So, I'd tie it to another bag, and subtly push it towards her. Then, something would happen to cause her to miss seeing it. It was this Laurel and Hardy sort of dance that we were doing. Finally, we were coming to the end of the work, she was about to go home, and she still didn't have her gift. Ugh! Eventually, I had to hand it to her, and thank her for all her kind volunteering. Not exactly anonymous, but she was very happy, and it made me feel great.
Now, to the meatless meal of the day. I am totally hooked on this for breakfast. I admit it has a distinctly "wow, is that healthy!" sort of flavor to it, but I'm lovin' it. It is super nutritious and very satisfying. It's like a New Years Resolution in a bowl. This is a resolution I think I will keep!
Next week, as requested, I'm going to share my opinions about different brands of vegan cheeses. I hope this will be helpful, because some of these products are truly awful, and others can be pretty good. I think a road map might help.
And now, on to the

Perfect Winter Breakfast

First, you prepare a pot of Quinoa according to the package directions. Left overs are great to have on hand to eat throughout the week.  Mash half a banana in a bowl. Add a spoonful of peanut butter. Add a serving of quinoa, a splash of soy milk, and a generous sprinkle of ground flax seeds. Mix it around. Pop it in the microwave to warm it up. Sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon. Somethings I toss in some chopped walnuts for a bit of crunch. That's it, super yummy!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Festival Of Lights

I'm just popping in to let everybody know that I will be at the Festival Of Lights (doing a bit of Guerrilla business), in Fort Bragg California, this evening. If you are in the area, please stop by. FYI, I did the artwork for the postcards, posters, etc. Hope to see you there.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Flowers On A Friday - Sunset Style

I have been so busy! I barely made it, but here is the Friday Flower. Happy weekend everybody.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

There Is A Guerrilla In Your Mailbox!

Time for a little more Guerrilla Holiday action. I tied Gilding Lilies Friendship greeting cards to a few mailboxes.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Meatless Monday - Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

3 average sized potatoes, thinly sliced
3/4 cup veggie broth
1/2 cup soy milk
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp basil
1/4 tsp rosemary, broken into tiny pieces
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 cup vegan cheese, shredded
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 9 X 13 glass pan. Arrange the slices of potatoes, in layers, in the pan. Pour the broth and the soy milk over the potatoes. Drizzle on the olive oil. Sprinkle on the garlic, nutritional yeast, and the vegan cheese. Sprinkle on the seasonings. Loosely cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Uncover, and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

More From The Neon Boneyard

Here are some more pictures that I took at the Neon Boneyard, in Las Vegas.

There is one more group of pictures, from the Boneyard, that I might post. They are close up views of letters, peeling paint, and general patina. Kind of fun, in an abstract sort of way. Wanna see them? 
I would like to get married in Las Vegas, just so I could have wedding photos taken in the Boneyard. Wouldn't that be cool (only in the winter! ha ha)?

Friday, December 3, 2010

Flowers On A Friday - Guerrilla Style

This is how you do Flowers On A Friday- Guerrilla Style. I gathered a small bunch of wildflowers, tied them together with a velvet ribbon, and left them on a random car. I was thinking about how happy it would make me to receive such a gift, so I made a second tiny bundle for myself, and put it in a bud vase beside my bed. This is the sweet stuff!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Here's Some Vegas Baby

I am still feeling very  blah, so the Las Vegas pics are going to come to you very slowly. Here are a few. The first two, I took at the Venetian, while window shopping. The last one is from our trip to the Neon Boneyard. Unfortunately it was closed, but we were able to see quite a bit through the fence. It was so cool! I have a whole bunch of really interesting Boneyard photos to share.
I have a fun little Guerrilla project to do tomorrow, I can't wait to show you!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Guerrilla Holiday

Last year I decided to do a Guerrilla Holiday, and I want to do it again this year, and I'm hoping you will want to join me. Here is the big idea. Have you ever heard of Guerrilla Artist's? Basically, they are artists that make art and install, preform, or attach it to public spaces, with the intention of affecting the world in a creative and thought provoking way (to paraphrase Keri Smith). These installations are often anonymous, and very unique. Do a web search for "guerrilla art" and you will see many wonderful examples. My idea is to remove some of the hype from the holiday and remind people of the simple joy of kindness. I think we all get so wrapped up in the stress of the season, we sometimes forget about small ways we can feel, and spread joy.  I'm talking about some random acts of giving. Tiny stuff, sweet stuff, unexpected stuff. Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Decorate a public and unexpected object. Put a handmade greeting card on a strangers windshield. If you're a crafter, make something small, and stick it in a neighbors mailbox. Go for a walk and stick a single shiny ornament on every tree that you pass. Tie a pretty tag, with a few kind words, on somebodies trash can (won't that just freak them out!). One of my readers tucked handmade beaded bookmarks in library books. There are a million possibilities. Make a sticker or a sign. Do you have something to say about the holiday season? Well, this is your chance! Won't you join me? I am really excited to see what you do. Send me some pictures, or tell me some stories, and I will try to post as many of them as I can. Spread the word, and take a Guerrilla Holiday Button. Let's see what we can do. I believe this could be something special, don't you?!

December Desktop

I'm making some progress, here is the desktop. I hope you enjoy this happy little fella.


Ugh, I don't feel good. I caught a cold, and I feel funky. Not a big deal, but it is certainly slowing me down. I have a big idea to reveal, Las Vegas stuff to share, and I want to give you the new desktop, but I feel like I'm moving in slow motion. Soon. I received some sad new about my cat Mr Dutch, and I think that took me out. He is feeling much better this morning, thankfully, but they think he has Mast Cell Disease, and it might just be a matter of time. Such a bummer! It is great to see him feeling better this morning, I think it must be all the love he is getting from Fin's friends, thanks for the purrs and healing thoughts.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Last Day Of Vegan MoFo

Going, going, almost gone. Today is the final day of Vegan MoFo. I've met so many nice new veg friends. I'm sad to see it come to an end.
Today's sandwich is a good one. Make your favorite, classic, grilled sandwich but instead of the stretchy stuff make it with avocado. Sprinkle on some garlic salt, maybe add some tomato, any way you slice it, it's great!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday - Coupon Code

To show my appreciation to all my readers I wanted to give you something on this Cyber Monday. This is supposed to be the busiest shopping day of the year, online. Are any of you doing any cyber purchasing today? I think I might partake a bit. It is so much easier than struggling with the crowds, and I love to support the little guys, like the folks on Etsy.
To say thank you for all your support, I give you, my readers, this special savings coupon. When making a purchase at the Gilding Lilies Etsy Store enter the coupon code HAPPYHOLIDAYS2010 and receive 10% off your purchase. The code will be good through the end of the year.
Enjoy, happy holidays, and thanks for your support and patronage, it really means so much to me!

Meatless Monday - Red Lentil Dahl

I'm back from Las Vegas. I had such a wonderful time visiting with my family. I will have a few stories to tell, and many pictures to share later. In the meantime, the lovely Laloofah is here to share another one of her outstanding recipes. This recipe is for a Red Lentil Dahl, yum! Please stop by her blog,  Mehitable Days, and pay her a visit (she has some good looking holiday recipes over there right now, I need to try them). So, without further ado, take it away Laloofah.

When I was a senior in college I lived in an international dorm, which had its own kitchen. Every Wednesday night during the spring semester each room took turns cooking dinner for the dorm, and the international students usually made typical fare from their homeland. My friend Safdar from Karachi, Pakistan made dahl (or dal, daal or dhal) when it was his turn. I'd never heard of dahl before, but I fell in love with it immediately and ate three bowls of it that night! The recipe was his mom's, which I got a copy of but lost track of - along with Safdar, sadly - at some point in the ensuing years, but I never forgot him or his dahl.

So several years ago I decided to try to recreate Safdar's dahl from memory. My first batch turned out well, and surprisingly close to how I remembered Safdar's, but the recipe has changed a bit over the years as I've added more spices and combined it with ingredients I've found in other dahl recipes I've come across.

The basic dahl recipe is, of course, still lentils (I prefer the red ones, which cook more quickly while holding their shape pretty well, and are prettier ~ says me!), onion, garlic, and the typical spices like turmeric, cumin and coriander. Feel free to add, increase, reduce or delete spices and veggies to your own taste (as long as you keep the lentils and curry!), and have fun playing with this recipe to make it your own.


- 4 - 5 cups water or vegetable broth**
- 1 3/4 cups red lentils
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
- 3 tsp curry
- 1/2 - 1 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 - 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 - 1 tsp coriander
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 2-3 medium potatoes, cubed (we use Yukon Golds)
- 3 celery stalks, diced
- 2 carrots, sliced
- 1 can diced fire-roasted tomatoes (or about 5 medium tomatoes, chopped)
- 1/8 tsp cayenne (optional)

Heat a large non-stick soup pot over medium heat. When heated, add onion and garlic and sauté, stirring frequently (add just enough water to prevent sticking, if necessary) till onions are translucent.

Add water or broth**

Rinse lentils, picking out any stones, and add to pot, along with the curry, turmeric, cumin, coriander, salt and cayenne (if desired)

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered over medium heat about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the potatoes, celery, and carrots, cover and simmer over low-medium heat an additional 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.

Add the can of tomatoes and simmer 5-10 minutes more, uncovered, until heated through and the thickness you desire.

Great by itself, with vegan naan (or any whole grain) bread, or over brown rice.

** If we plan to eat the dahl by itself and want it thick and more stew-like, I use 4 cups of liquid - usually half organic vegetable broth and half water. If we plan to serve it over rice we like it a bit thinner, like a thick soup, so I use 5 cups of liquid (3 cups water and 2 cups broth).

Adjust the spice measurements according to your taste and to how much liquid you're using, using larger measurements if you're using 5 cups of liquid.
We live at high altitude so it takes longer for the potatoes to cook here. Adjust cooking times as needed for your own conditions and preferences (depending on what variety of potato you're using, you may want to add the potatoes with the lentils at the beginning, and the carrots and celery later. If you like your dahl more on the mushy side, you can add all of the above at the beginning... if you prefer your carrots and celery more al dente, add them later. This is a forgiving recipe, play with it till it suits your tastes!)

Other veggies and spices I've seen in other dahl recipes and sometimes add to this one include grated or ground ginger, thyme leaves, garam masala, curry leaves, zucchini, kohlrabi, spinach, and kale.

I have another dahl recipe (Compassionate Cooks' Masoor Dal) that calls for cumin seed, which is sautéed along with the onion and garlic. (You can try that with this recipe, too. I keep meaning to and forget!)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


I'm off to Las Vegas. I can't wait to spend time with my family, take pictures, and play. I'll be back in a few days. Big hugs.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Meatless Monday - Extra Special Irish Oats

I'm lovin' these special oats. I suggest making a lot and just reheating it as needed throughout the week.

Extra Special Irish Oats

4 1/8 cup Water
1 cup Traditional Irish Oatmeal
2 Tbsp Ground flax seeds
2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch salt

Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan and stir. Over medium/high heat bring to a boil. Stir again, then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Avoid over cooking so that they maintain that nice nutty flavor. Serve with almond milk, a little Earth Balance buttery spread. You can also add blueberries or sliced banana and nuts. Makes 4 servings.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Vegan Pho

It is blustery here, with lot's of rain, and bunch of thunder too. Poor little Abby Dog is not into it! She is convinced that if you bark enough, and sit on someones feet, you will be safe, and the thunder won't get you. I'm not sure that works, but she won't be convinced otherwise. So, with Abby on my feet I made a pot of pho. I used the recipe that you can find on Vegweb . It was the perfect meal for a rainy day.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Productive And Delicious

I'm workin' hard over here! Trying to get all sorts of things going. I thought I'd share some stuff.
  • I now have a Trunkt Shop. Trunkt is like the wholesale version on Etsy. We'll see how that goes, I think it might be a great way to get my greetings cards out there far and wide.
  • For those of you that have a Kindle, you can now subscribe to Gilding Lilies Journal on your Kindle. Not sure if any of you have a Kindle, but there you go.
  • I have a really cool thing coming up. I'm not going to spill the beans yet, but I think you are really going to like it! Here's a hint, it has to do with Guerrilla's (those of you that came over from my other blog, you know what's coming). Are you curious? Great! I really think you are going to like this, so stay tuned.
  • And then there was lunch...

 Green Burrito. I have been making Green Burritos for years, it's a classic around our house. Here is the gist of how to make them. You slice up a bunch of zucchini and saute it until it's tender. You add some salt, pepper, garlic powder, and basil to taste. Then you sprinkle wheat germ and faux cheese on top of it. Allow the cheese-like stuff to melt, then give it a stir. Somehow the zuc juice, wheat germ, and cheesy stuff combine to make this really delicious mixture that coats the zucchini slices. Wrap it up in a tortilla, and you have yourself a green burrito, a Gilding Lilies classic. Now, I know this doesn't sound special, but trust me, it is really, really good! Even as a little kid, my daughter was a zuc hater, but she has always enjoyed a Green Burrito.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wiener Dog On A Wednesday

OK, all my animal loving friends (shout out to my new vegan followers, go MoFo!). How cute is this? Here's a photo of my little Abby Dog. This is the way she stands when her tail is wagging like crazy. I know, this is random, but cute, right? Her proportions crack me up.

I love that little dog!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Meatless Monday - Squished Potatoes

I hope everybody had a great weekend. Mine was rather uneventful, except that I reconnected with a long lost friend, and that was really nice. I have a really bad attitude about Facebook (it's a long story) but I have to admit it really came through. Ironically, I was talking with my daughter about why I didn't need to have Facebook. She, and everyone else, always mentions how it is such a great way to reconnect with people you have lost touch with. I started thinking about it, and there was only one person I wanted to find. Everybody else, I either know how to contact them, or I'd prefer not to. So, in an attempt to prove my point, that Facebook is useless to me, I asked my daughter to see if she could find my sweet friend Kristine. The good news, she found Kristine. Hooray, I've missed her so much. The bad news, I must admit, in this one tiny instance, that Facebook did good (drat!).
Anyway, on with today's recipe. I've posted this recipe before, on my other blog, but it's so good it deserves another post. As is often the case, I'm not specifying any quantities, I suggest you just wing it, I know I do. These potatoes are perfectly crispy on the outside, soft and yummy on the inside, and taste great.

Squished Potatoes

Organic baby potatoes, washed
Olive oil
Salt & pepper
Garlic powder

Gently boil the potatoes until tender. Allow them to cool enough so that so that you can handle them. Here comes the squishing part. Squish the potatoes, using the bottom of a cup to flatten them, you want them to break open but not completely fall apart. Generously coat them with olive oil, add seasonings to taste. Put in a baking dish. Bake in a 350 degree oven until crispy on the outside but tender on the inside, about 45 minutes.

So, do you think I can refuse to join Facebook forever? I'm not too sure. I know, I know, it's a great marketing tool, blah, blah, blah. I think I'll eat some squished potatoes and avoid it awhile longer.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I'm Visiting Nuestra Cena

Today, I am over on Nuestra Cena. Millie's blog features vegan American and Latin Cuisine. I love visiting her blog because her recipes are so different from the way I ordinarily cook. It's been a great education, and I've discovered some yummy new favorites.
She is doing a very fun Christmas Cookie Extravaganza all month long. A whole month of vegan cookies, how great is that?! Today she is sharing my Pumpkin Chip Cookies (and an actual photo of me, yikes!). I recommend stopping by and gathering some delicious cookie recipes. Have fun!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Peppermint Patty

Peppermint Patty

2 Tbsp plus 2 tsp corn syrup (aka half of your 1/3 measuring cup)
1/8 cup  Earth Balance Margarine
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar (break up the lumps if there are any)
3/4 teaspoons of peppermint oil/extract
1/2 a bag of vegan chocolate chips (I use Tropical Source)

Whip together the syrup, margarine, and peppermint. Slowly add the sugar, alittle at a time, while mixing. You will end up with a crumbly, dry mixture.
Pick up small handfuls of the mixture and start to press into patty shapes. Place them on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper. Pop them into the frig, to chill,  while you get the chocolate ready.
Melt the chips until stir-able and a little shiny looking. Turn the heat way down so it doesn't burn. Quickly dunk the patties in the chocolate. Place on a non stick surface. When all the patties are done, I put them back in the frig again to firm up a bit, and temper the chocolate.
A perfect little treat for the holidays.