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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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savory sundried tomato, basil, provolone and mozzarella mini-cakes

March 3, 2011

This recipe suggestion comes from Faith at An Edible Mosaic. I’ve only recently stumbled across her blog but have become a huge fan already. She made savory muffins with caramelized onions, feta and rosemary the other day. These looked really good! She also suggested some variations, like savory muffins with sharp cheddar, dried cranberries and […]

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eggplant kuku

January 27, 2011

My parents were in town over the weekend. They live way across the Country in Virginia, so a visit is a welcome treat. This was a working trip as they’re paying for us to have our kitchen remodeled. That is incredibly generous! We didn’t have time for sightseeing as we spent most of it planning […]

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my sister’s zucchini walnut raisin bread

January 10, 2011

My sister, Kris, makes wonderful cakes and quick breads. She lives back East so I don’t see her that often. Years ago she would make this zucchini bread around the holidays in large volume and give it as gifts to friends and family. I’ve never made it before now though I’ve had the recipe for […]

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bolo de marmelo com côco e amêndoas

December 21, 2010

I wanted to subtitle this recipe, “rinse and repeat tropical style,” but decided against it at the last minute as it makes the name too long. Really, this is just a retread of my attempt to create Clotilde’s quince almond cake with the addition of some dried shredded coconut. Hegui was so enchanted by the […]

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Irene’s zucchini oatmeal raisin bread

December 17, 2010

Irene is my paternal grandmother, though she prefers “Granny” to “Grandma.” Apparently it makes her feel younger. For a year when I was a child, my family and I lived in Geneva, Switzerland where I attended a private English-speaking school in the Third Grade. I had a Scottish friend in my class who taught me […]

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quince almond cake

December 10, 2010

The recipe for this marvelous quince and almond quick bread comes from the delightful Chocolate and Zucchini. I’ve recently stumbled across Clotilde’s site and have been a fan since. According to her “about,” she’s French and lives in the Montmartre neighborhood of Paris. Already that seems pretty glamorous, sitting as I do in my apartment […]

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Brazilian creamy sweet yellow corn cake

October 11, 2010

Steven is in doubt whether this dish really is a corn cake rather than a corn soufflé or a corn flan. To me, if you’re even debating this absurd point, then the cake is already a huge success. Once again, I tried to reproduce another of my mother’s recipes. As I remember, her cake was […]

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sweet potato ginger bread

August 13, 2010

I’m getting more engrossed in Stephan Pyles’ The New Texas Cuisine. This recipe comes directly from the book. He calls for pumpkin but recommends sweet potatoes as an alternative if pumpkin isn’t in season. I made this quick bread following the directions but ran into some problems. I think that I ended up with too […]

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fresh corn tamales stuffed with shitake mushrooms and brie

August 12, 2010

This is a variation of a recipe for fresh corn tamales that comes from Stephan Pyles’ The New Texas Cuisine. In the Nineties in Dallas, Stephan Pyles was The chef that everyone talked about. In the last year or two that I was there, he opened Star Canyon on the edge of the Cedar Springs […]

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