batter fried apple rings

October 24, 2011

This is not something that I’ve ever tried before: deep frying apple rings in a corn flour batter. I read about it in the New York Times Magazine recently. The article had a dozen recipes for apples. Of course, I was only drawn to the deep-fried section 😉 Aside from this one, they recommended a […]

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Louisiana style shrimp and crab stuffed eggplant

October 7, 2011

This recipe comes from Paul Prudhomme’s incredible cookbook, Louisiana Cooking. When I lived in Dallas in the nineties, I frequently used this book. I was especially partial to his panéed chicken and fettucini, spice-coated deep fried chicken thighs over a rich and spicy cream sauce with pasta. The dish blew my socks off. Everything in […]

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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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savory pumpkin bread with garden herbs and labneh

July 12, 2011

Labneh is sort of a Lebanese version of sour cream or perhaps a very creamy cream cheese. Joumana uses it to great effect on her food blog. Look here, here and here for some excellent ideas. Hegui was so inspired that he bought a large container of labneh, mostly to snack on, it seems. I […]

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kabocha pumpkin gnocchi with walnut pesto + cheesecake challenge invite

July 11, 2011

Kabocha is one of my favorite types of pumpkin. It has a nutty, sweet flavor with an intense, beautiful yellow color. It is perfect served as a side dish. The classic Brazilian way to prepare it is one of the simplest: sautéed with garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper, and a bit of water, until […]

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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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whole wheat calzones with parsley mint pesto, provolone and mozzarella

June 20, 2011

I used to make this recipe from Mollie Katzen’s Enchanted Broccoli Forest all the time about twenty years ago. The book was new then, and I was new in the kitchen. It seemed terribly ambitious and impressive. I was always so pleased with myself! It’s funny how I feel now, preparing this after such a […]

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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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asparagus, fava and edamame tart

May 13, 2011

I’ve always been curious about baking with puff pastry yet this is my first time: a puff pastry virgin no more! Last week I saw a beautiful recipe on the cool blog, gourmet food, for asparagus tart with caprino de cabra that convinced me that is was about time for me to give it a […]

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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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