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Romeo and Juliet croissants

September 19, 2011

Whenever Hegui and I travel to Brazil, one of my favorite desserts to enjoy there is “Romeo e Julieta,” which consists of a small plate with a piece of very white, salty and mild cheese and either a small scoop or slice of red guava preserves. The colors are always dramatic: pure white and deep […]

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buttermilk pancakes with caramelized banana and walnuts

June 27, 2011

Steven has been making this buttermilk pancake recipe for as long as we’ve known each other. I like it so much that at the beginning I would insist that he make double batches! It was our weekend ritual. He cooked the pancakes and I would set up the table, brew the coffee and make fresh […]

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polenta cake with citrus glaze

May 20, 2011

I’ve been dreaming of this polenta cake with citrus glaze for months, ever since I stumbled across the recipe on the delightful blog, Journey of an Italian Cook. That was just around the time our kitchen remodel began so I’ve been putting off preparing it. Well, the wait is over and I can tell you, […]

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Angie’s delicious rhubarb streusel cake

May 9, 2011

I fell in love with Angie’s recipe for rhubarb streusel cake as soon as I read it. Angie’s Recipes is an incredible blog. So often her dishes look amazing. This is the first one that I have attempted but I intend to try more soon. In hers, the ingredients were all by weight. I always […]

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Torta Paradiso

April 19, 2011

I just got this amazing book, Bitter Almonds: Recollections and Recipes from a Sicilian Girlhood, by Mary Taylor Simeti and Maria Grammatico. Mary Taylor writes the biography of Maria Grammatico, a long-time friend and now the successful owner of an acclaimed pasticceria in Erice, Sicily. Things didn’t look that bright for the young Maria. Left […]

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Cooking the Books-style vanilla oatmeal buttermilk pancakes

April 15, 2011

I was completely psyched when I came across this recipe for oatmeal buttermilk pancakes at this fun food blog, Cooking the Books. I love buttermilk pancakes but usually stick to my favorite, based upon one published in Eating Light magazine in 1992. Though ever since we went to Mabel’s Just for You Bakery and Café […]

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spicy scrambled eggs with onion, garlic, celery, tomato and avocado that long to be an omelet

April 5, 2011

I am trying to eat more healthily, but who isn’t really? I have this recipe for an omelet that I got from my acupuncturist. I’ve been going in hope of relieving a muscle spasm that has resulted from a bulging disc in my lower back. He always lectures me about eating more veggies; taking proper […]

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pumpkin coconut compote

February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today it’s all about sweets for your sweet. My home State, Minas Gerais in Brazil, is famed for its jams and compotes. They make many sweets from lots of different fruits, including: guava, pineapple, passion fruit, bitter orange, jabuticaba, quice and pumpkin, to name just a few. As a kid, I fondly […]

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spinach narcissus

February 11, 2011

Of course I was initially drawn to this recipe because of its name: spinach narcissus. It has a beautiful ring to it, don’t you think? Instead of the character disorder, this dish represents the springtime daffodil, or narcissus, blooming over a bright green lawn. The sunny-side up eggs do sort of look like daffodils to […]

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PPO2: Pumpkin Pie Obsession, the Sequel, or Pumpkin Pie à la Skinny

January 31, 2011

It’s January and I am still in the throws of PPO: pumpkin pie obsession. I can’t get my mind off those round, wholesome, satisfying pies. There is something very comforting about pumpkins and pies. I decided that there was nothing for it but to make a few more. This time, I went totally vegan. Tofu […]

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