Brown Soda Bread with Molasses

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Irish Brown Bread is, at its heart, just soda bread made with half whole wheat flour. This particular version ads oats and a bit of molasses, but would probably be made with treacle in the UK. (You try to find treacle in the U.S. I dare you!)

The molasses ads just a hint of sweetness, while the oats give the bread a hint of nuttiness.… Read the rest

Lamb with Champ and Mint Peas Recipe

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Many people feel that the cuisine of the British Aisles is somewhat bland and lacking in character. I disagree completely. Most dishes from this region are recipes born of necessity and frugality. They use what was available seasonally, they are prepared simply but yet all are heartwarming and filling. It’s a cooking style that I intend to pursue further over the course of the next year.… Read the rest

Green Beans with Walnuts

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 If you’re looking for a recipe that will please anyone in your life, this is it. This dish is not only vegan and gluten-free but it’s as quick and easy as it gets. The flavors are complex and satisfying, yet there are only five ingredients. In short, this is the perfect side for anyone without nut allergies.

I’ve seen variations of this dish that include such things as butter, walnut oil, sesame oil and parsley.… Read the rest

Filet Mignon with Poached Egg – The Perfect Filet Mignon Recipe

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There’s one and only one ingredient in making the perfect steak, and that’s having the best possible piece of beef available. A cut that’s aged perfectly, marbled well and cooked simply will give stunning results each and every time. Anything less and you’ll be forced to resort to fancy seasoning or sauces to make it palatable, let alone something to swoon over.… Read the rest

Oreo Biscotti – A cookie recipe… Made with cookies!

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Is there anything better than OREO cookies and milk? Yes, Oreo Biscotti and coffee! They go well with tea or milk, too. The beverage is your choice, but you shouldn’t wait to make these amazing treats. they’re a new favorite in our house, so much so that we’re already planning variations.

This is a fun, elegant take on a classic. The best part though, is that these are cookies made with cookies!… Read the rest

Egg Drop Soup: Incredibly Simple Comfort Food

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Egg Drop Soup (Also called Egg Flower Soup) is quite possibly the simplest comfort food meal in history.  At its core, it has just two ingredients, chicken stock and eggs. Anything else added to the soup is just a bonus.  It’s faster and easier to make than a package of ramen, with twice the flavor. What could be better?

If you often order this soup in restaurants and thought there was some magic trick to getting it right, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the ease of making it.… Read the rest

Crostini with Herbed Cream Cheese and Salami

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I love salami. I was raised in the Northern California wine country, so this delectable treat has been a part of my life since I was a toddler. I so love this Italian cured pork that I’ve waxed poetic about it before, here, here and here. Salami in one form or another has been a staple in my refrigerator for most of my life.… Read the rest

The Ultimate Homemade Chicken Stock

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I usually try to take gorgeous, sexy photos of a recipe geared to scintillate and entice you into wanting to make it. This post is different. Chicken stock, no matter how you photograph it, is not sexy. It just isn’t. It wasn’t meant to be.

Oh, but it CAN be.  You need to think of chicken stock (and all other stocks, for that matter) like the little black dress of the culinary world.… Read the rest

Mocha Caramel Cappuccino Tartelettes Recipe

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From the archives: There’s been quite a stir over these little gems in the past few days, so we’ve updated the post images and recipe.  Enjoy!

I think I’ve died and gone to heaven this time folks. I can’t even begin to do justice to the flavors and textures in this sweet dish. The first thing you are greeted with the crisp Phyllo shell, then there is an explosion of espresso and chocolate so strong and rich that it nearly assaults the senses.… Read the rest

Homemade Baking Mix (DIY Bisquick Recipe Clone)

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Let’s face it. Biscuit mixes like Bisquick® Jiffy® are convenient. They allow you to whip out a nearly unlimited number of recipes with minimal effort in the time it takes to open a package. You can make waffles, pancakes, scones, pizza dough, cakes and pastries in just a few minutes with these mixes. And they make pretty darned good biscuits, too.… Read the rest

Bacon, Cheddar and Jalapeno Muffins

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Muffins are the perfect grab and go food.  They’re small, portable, and fit easily into our frenetic lifestyles. Unfortunately, muffins tend to be on the sweet side.  They’re packed with heavy fillings or toppings and even if they’re light and fluffy they tend to be a bit… Shall we say vanilla?

These are not “those” muffins. They’re rich, savory, salty, and a bit smoky with more than enough of a kick to make even the most dedicated Texan smile.… Read the rest

Pan Seared Mahi Mahi with Spring Greens and Arugula

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Sometimes I think that a dish I make is going to be far too humble to find its way here, but then I do a double take and scramble for my camera gear.  This is one of those cases.  A simple fillet of fish nestled in greens with a bit of dressing.  It’s so uncomplicated and unassuming that it nearly escaped my attention yet in its own way it’s the perfect dish, especially if you’re in a hurry.… Read the rest

Glazed Lemon Wedges

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Summer is here and as much as I love chocolate in all its many incarnations, warm weather calls for treats that are a bit lighter and brighter than my favorite winter fare.  The higher temperatures also mean we’re less likely to gravitate towards large treats, preferring instead to savor smaller bites and brighter flavors.  This dessert fits that bill in all ways and more.… Read the rest

Chocolate Cafe Mocha Cheesecake Recipe

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*From the archives. This cheesecake is the perfect addition to any holiday table, and works perfectly for New Years.  Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Cheesecake may just be the perfect food.  It is certainly one of the oldest on record.  It is believed that cheesecake was served to the Olympic athletes during the first Olympic games in 776 B.C. … Read the rest

Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

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*From the archives. Spread a little cheer this Holiday season with these simple pinwheel cookies.

The Holidays are the time for indulgences, meaning pastries, cookies, cakes, pies and what have you. In that spirit we’ve dusted off our baking gear for the season to bring you a slew of great recipes for you and yours.

So as the dulcet tones of Twisted Sister’s “Twisted Christmas” waft through the house along with the smells of fresh-baked cookies, I bring you the first of twelve cookie recipes for your Holiday gatherings, or just for noshing with family around the TV for the Rudolph marathon.… Read the rest

Sinfully Good Hot Dark Chocolate Recipe

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There’s nothing that takes me back to my childhood faster than a steaming mug of hot chocolate. Just the smell is enough to bring back the sounds of my mother’s laughter, wrapping paper tearing and my sister squealing in happiness at the latest treasure to find its way out from under the tree. There are also memories of frigid January afternoons when the mist in the air carried ice.… Read the rest

Glazed Gingerbread Scones

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Nothing quite says Holidays like gingerbread. Unfortunately, making traditional gingerbread men takes a bit of effort and a bit of skill as well.  So what are you to do if you’re craving the Holiday’s most delectable and iconic treat but are unwilling to wrestle with traditional dough?

Make scones!

These things are little bites of gingerbread heaven. Pleasantly spiced with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice with a hint of molasses in the background.… Read the rest

Cranberry Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

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‘Tis the season once again.  With that comes the call for cookies, candies and other sweets to thrill and delight both young and old. (And not-so-old, as well.)  This year I’m trying to focus on the flavors of the season with a highlight on seasonal fruits, berries nuts and whatever else I can find that fits well with winter fare.  These cookies cover all the bases.… Read the rest

Reindeer Wrangler Cookie Recipe

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Christmas is for cookies and brownies and other luscious sweets. In my house this has traditionally meant all different kinds of cookies, but none were ever really a true Christmas tradition. None were seasonal, none were specific to the holidays and I suppose most of all, none were mine.

This year I set out to remedy that and to do something that I absolutely never do.… Read the rest

Turkey Stock Recipe

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Updated from the archives, because there is no reason to waste anything from your gorgeous Thanksgiving meal.

If you haven’t broken down your turkey just yet then there’s something I need to tell you.

“Don’t throw out the carcass!”

That’s right, don’t throw it out. Use it to make enough turkey stock to get you through the rest of the holidays.… Read the rest