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Fiery Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
Fiery Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

To be fair, I must warn you that this cookie was a complete experiment.  It probably could use some tweaking, but it isn’t half bad how it is.  In fact, most of the people I’ve had taste it really have enjoyed it, so I’ve decided to share with the class, so to speak.  If you make these, please let me know what you thought along with any alterations. My...

Alsatian Baeckeoffe
Alsatian Baeckeoffe

Well, we’ve now reached the end of my tribute to Top Chef: Masters.  As you may know, the show drew to a close last week and even though Rick Bayless was crowned the champion, I wanted to honor all three chefs that made it to the finals.  I have already tackled Quinoa Pasta with Salsa Verde from Michael Chiarello, which you can see here, and two different salsas by...

Roasted Jalapeño-Tomato Salsa
Roasted Jalapeño-Tomato Salsa

I figure I’ll begin this post with a recap, as this is the second in a group of three posts.  Top Chef: Masters drew to a close last week and even though Rick Bayless was crowned the champion, I wanted to honor all three chefs that made it to the finals.  I have already tackled Quinoa Pasta with Salsa Verde from Michael Chiarello, which you can see here, so today we...

Quinoa Pasta with Salsa Verde
Quinoa Pasta with Salsa Verde

Top Chef: Masters drew to a close last week and even though Rick Bayless was crowned the champion, I wanted to honor all three chefs that made it to the finals.  Tonight I decided to recreate the dish that gave Michael Chiarello the win on Episode 8.  For those who didn’t follow the show, this challenge was a doozy: Episode 8: Dietary Restrictions In the Elimination...

Summer Vegetable Gratin
Summer Vegetable Gratin

This recipe is a long time coming and I kind of feel bad it took me this long to post it on here, but I had to make sure it was perfect.  I have made this dish about 6 times in the last month tweaking things here and there until I got it just right.  The idea for the dish came from Anne Willan’s “The Good Cook” under the title of “Jessica’s Garden...

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Mighty muhammara
Mighty muhammara

I was sitting here staring at my jar full of pomegranate molasses and wondering where to start when I came across this interesting recipe.  Now, I am a huge fan of hummus… I could seriously sit down and eat an entire bowl of the stuff.  I also love baba ghanoush to no end.  What does this have to do with anything?  Well, I’m about to introduce you to the missing...

When life gives you pomegranates
When life gives you pomegranates

You know the old saying: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!”  So what do you tell someone who suddenly ended up with 64oz of pomegranate juice on his doorstep? I know what you’re thinking, “how often does one get a crate of pomegranate juice?”  Well, not often, but I had been contacted by a woman named Molly from the Pom Wonderful company...

Candied Bacon and Chocolate Chip Cookies
Candied Bacon and Chocolate Chip Cookies

I can tell that your mouth is already watering from just reading the title of this post, but let me make it a bit worse.  The recipe today is for: Candied Bacon & Chocolate Chip Cookies drizzled with a Maple Fondant Icing and sprinkled with a sweet and salty Candied Bacon Topping. What’s even better is that I managed to procure some genuine Berkshire Bacon (this...

Rhubarb Stir Cake
Rhubarb Stir Cake

Another week in my CSA and another bunch of rhubarb… what was I to do?  I already made pie and every recipe book pretty much told me to make a pie or jam.  I needed something different.  I needed…. I needed…. cake!  Luckily the wonderful naked chef, Jamie Oliver, rode to my rescue with his Rhubarb Stir Cake.  Doesn’t this look awesome? That Jamie...

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Not easy being green curry
Not easy being green curry

Have you ever paged through a cookbook and come across something so interestingly different that you felt the need to make it?  This happened to me the other day.  I was going through some of my older cookbooks (some of which I had never tried anything from) and as I paged through Jewish Cooking by Marlena Spieler I saw it.  There on page 145 sat what was simply called Mild...

Eggplant & Tofu Parmigiana
Eggplant & Tofu Parmigiana

Eggplant Parmigiana (or Eggplant Parmesan, depending on who you ask) has always been one of my favorite “comfort” dishes.  I don’t know why, but somewhere in the veggies and cheese and sauce there is perfection.  The issue is that most times when I get it, it is very sub-par.  It’s either too saucy (I’m not a fan of it swimming) or soggy (hate...

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie
Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

This weekend I went to pick up my haul from my CSA as usual and I got an unexpected treat: a bundle of Rhubarb!  So, being the resourceful person I am, I thought to myself, “what should I make with this?”  Of course, by that time I already had a cart full of strawberries and ingredients for pie dough (apparently the rest of me had already decided).  So, looks...

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Birthday Shortcake
Birthday Shortcake

I celebrated my birthday this week and to celebrate I decided to make myself some strawberry shortcakes instead of the “traditional” birthday cake.  I did this for a few reasons: I am not a fan of store-bought cake.  Can’t stand the frosting (always leave a metallic taste in my mouth), among other things. It’s warm out and nothing says “Summer”...

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French Toast
French Toast

So, you made two loaves of Challah and now you’re wondering what you’re going to do with it all, right?  Well, you’ve come to the right place!  Let’s make us some breakfast!  You can’t tell me that this doesn’t look delish, right? What else would you do with all that bread you made? That’s right, I can tell you’re droolin’,...

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