Publications & Reviews

Cheddar Beer Bread (with Rosemary!)

Breads & Quick Breads
Cheddar Beer Bread (with Rosemary!)

Slicing into this cheddar beer bread the next day, slathering some whipped butter on it and either grilling or frying it in a pan – yow!

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Flu Shots & Pear and Walnut Muffins

Breads & Quick Breads
Flu Shots & Pear and Walnut Muffins

I had a couple of tired Bosc pears that were on their way to the point of no return. It was a no brainer where the fruit were destined for promotion…muffins or some type of quick bread. For the muffins pictured in this post I used Bosc pears.

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Baked Rigatoni al telefono with Smoked Mozzarella and Aubergine/Eggplant

Autumn
Baked Rigatoni al telefono with Smoked Mozzarella and Aubergine - Eggplant

This is a quick pasta dish to make with few ingredients but with delicious traditional flavors. The smoked mozzarella is not to be substituted! You’ll enjoy that its a meatless dish.

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It’s “Pie it Forward” Day! Apple Tarte Tatin

Cast Iron Love
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Not only does it smell heavenly when baking, it’s a beautiful spectacle as you pull it from the oven and behold the transformation of puff pastry. You’ll be anxious to quickly cut a slice or two to sample it’s perfectly textured, buttery crust and sweetness that are the cooked apples. C’est magnifique!

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Chai-Spiced, Pistachio Marshmallows – Marshmallow Madness!

Desserts
Chai-Spiced, Pistachio Marshmallows - Marshmallow Madness!

To offset some of the sweetness and allow the chai to come through, I added a salty, flavorful element to it by rolling the marshmallow in pistachios to create a textured crust. The sweet, salty and spicy combinations made for an elegant, grown-up (if you will), type of flavor meld for this confection.

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Rustic Italian: Plum-Almond Cake – Torta Di Prugne E Mandorle

Desserts
Rustic Italian: Plum-Almond Cake - Torta Di Prugne E Mandorle

There’s a hint of lemon, then there’s the sweetness from the plums and then a subtle texture and sweetness of the cake’s topping that incorporates a small amount of sugar and generous helping of slivered almonds. This Plum-Almond Cake is sure to be a favorite and comes from the new book “Williams-Sonoma Rustic Italian: Simple, Authentic Recipes for Everyday Cooking” by Domenica Marchetti.

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Costco’s 2010 Annual Cookbook – Smart Cooking The Costco Way

Food Bits & Bites
Costco's 2010 Annual Cookbook - Smart Cooking The Costco Way

What I enjoy about these cookbooks are the diversity of contemporary dishes that’s featured by both their suppliers and celebrity chefs like Mario Batali, Ellie Krieger, Steve Raichlen and several more.

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