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French Toast

What’s For Brunch? French Toast with a Secret Ingredient. Hello, friends!  It’s been awhile. I optimistically hoped I’d be up and running a few weeks after moving, but it turned into a couple of months. I’m happy to say my kitchen renovation in my new house was completed 2 days before Christmas and I’m ready […]

Green Tomato Pie with Bacon and Panko Crumbs

A Summer Main Course Pie That Puts Green Tomatoes Front and Center. I love green tomatoes. They are tart and almost astringent, but have a little of the sweet flavor of a ripe tomato.  I also love tomato pie. This got me thinking about making a green tomato pie. I figured the flavor of green […]

Zesty Chili Butter

Here’s a Flavored Butter You Won’t Soon Forget. I’ve seen Calabrian chili butter around for awhile, but had never tried it. After getting my hands on some good Calabrian chilies packed in oil * I decided to put my own spin on it and make up a batch as I imagined I’d like it to […]

Hibiscus Steak Sauce Over Grilled Ribeye

Hibiscus Steak Sauce Over Ribeye

The Bright Flavor Pairs Perfectly with a Rich Steak. It’s been quite awhile since my son purchased dried hibiscus petals * for use in an ice cream recipe he was working on. We’d been so impressed with their flavor, not to mention the brilliant color, but it was one of those deals where I’d think […]

Apple Galette with Calvados

This is the Apple Dessert I’ve Been Dreaming About. I’ve been on a quest for a specific kind of apple galette or tart for years now. I was lucky enough to taste one in Paris several years ago that was the gold standard for my particular palate and I’ve been searching for that same taste […]

Miso Mushroom Butter

Miso Mushroom Butter with Bread

Spread This on Some of My Own Fluffy Milk Bread. Flavor enhanced compound butter is always a good thing. But when I decided to make one with mushrooms I knew I wanted it to be packed with plenty of umami because I wasn’t going to use this one for melting on top of a steak […]

Gratin of Red Cabbage and Black Garlic

Rich and Creamy Goodness is Sometimes Needed. I wanted some shredded red cabbage for a recipe. All good. But after using what I needed, I still had about two thirds of a head of red cabbage on my hands. It was nearing the end of my grocery week and the cupboard was getting a little […]

Sweet Potatoes Au Gratin

Luscious is the Word That Comes to Mind Here. I’ve made many gratins using white potatoes, but decided to try one with sweet potatoes. I really only like sweet potatoes when they’re cooked with savory ingredients. I find that adding additional sweetness to them causes them to be too cloying for my personal taste, so […]

Tahini, Saffron, and Pomegranate Cheesecake

Tahini, Saffron, and Pomegranate Cheesecake

Both Subtle and Surprising. It’s a Real Eye Opener. I’ve come up with an unbaked tahini cheesecake that is unlike anything I’ve ever tasted. I’ve seen recipes for these types of cheesecakes, but I never felt they were fully realized. Sounded kind of boring to me. But I felt there was real potential for something […]

Italian Lady’s Kisses Hazelnut Cookies

Italian Ladies Kisses

A Layer of Chocolate Ganache Sandwiches These Little Buttery Hazelnut Cookies. These little Italian cookies have quickly become a favorite around here. They’re called Baci di Dama, which translates to Lady’s Kisses, and this is David Lebovitz’s recipe, which he was given by Terresa Murphy. The dough has 4 ingredients: hazelnuts, butter, rice flour, and […]