Tuesday, February 27

Stewed Lamb Shoulder, Green Almonds and Mint

Stewed Lamb Shoulder, Green Almonds and Mint

Persian cooking fascinates me. It’s a cuisine that mixes sour, sweet and savory. Persian flavors make me think of cooking lamb and fresh green almonds. This recipe for Stewed Lamb Shoulder, Green Almonds and Mint is my take on a lamb koresht or stew. Jump to Recipe To prepare the stew, I use meaty lamb shoulder chops. This cut is both flavorful and lean. Don’t let the bones bother you. Cut what large chunks of

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Thursday, February 15

Olive Oil Poached Green Almonds with Ras el Hanout

Olive Oil Poached Green Almonds with Ras el Hanout

In early spring, in regions where almond trees grow – Turkey, Israel, Iran, North Africa and the Middle East – you’ll find green almonds on the menu. The fuzzy pods symbolize rebirth, a sour crunchy treat to welcome spring.  During the brief stage when immature almonds are tender and green, they are eaten whole dipped in salt.  Or sliced thin and scattered over salads and fish dishes. Green almonds can also be cooked as in

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Monday, December 18

Linzer Torte Cookies

Linzer Torte Cookie

One of the first desserts I made at Restaurant du Village was Linzer Torte. The blend of ground nuts and warm spices appealed to me then as is does now, the tart jam offset by the buttery crust. As a desert after a meal, its a little heavy for the way we eat today.  That’s why I make these Linzer Torte Cookies instead, whether for the holidays or for a special occasion. Fussing over cookies

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Saturday, November 25

Holiday Recipes – Double Almond Thumbprint Cookies

Almond Thumbprint Cookies

Around this time of the year, I start auditioning sweet recipes to serve during the holidays. Family favorites usually win out but often there is room to add one or two new items. Spices appeal to me this season – ginger cake, sticky toffee pudding, pain d’epices, gingersnaps with a cream filling. Living in the Nutmeg State, I can’t find enough ways to use our potent moniker.  (Adding finely grated nutmeg to the icing I

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Wednesday, September 27

Onion Galette, Sesame Whole Meal Crust

Onion Galette, Wholemeal Sesame Crust

A simple galette, a flat sweet or savory tart, is a go-to dish I rely on for special occasions and everyday meals. For this Onion Galette, I’ve adapted my favorite dough recipe from Jacques Pepin’s Art of Cooking to feature stone ground whole wheat flour and sesame seeds. When rolled out thin and baked, it’s good enough to eat on its own as a savory cracker.  A layer of onions adds some sweetness and gives

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Butterhead, Apple, Beet and Almond Salad, Herb Buttermilk Dressing

Butterhead, Apple, Beet and Almond Salad, Herb Buttermilk Dressing

After a summer of eating greens that have become tough and bitter, I look forward to tender hothouse lettuce. This refreshing Butterhead, Apple, Beet and Almond Salad with Herb Buttermilk Dressing combines soft butterhead lettuce with contrasting textures and flavors.   Thinly sliced apples give it tartness and crunch. Sliced cooked beets add a soft sweetness and bright color. The herb buttermilk dressing ties the salad together. Because salad is all about texture, I finish it

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Tuesday, August 02

Almond and Buckwheat Flour Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Almond and Buckwheat Flour Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Were I unable to digest wheat flour, I’d miss chocolate chip cookies as much as chewy bread and good pasta. That’s why I came up with this recipe for Almond and Buckwheat Flour Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies. Inspired by Alice Medrich’s Flavor Flours, I had already been experimenting with buckwheat and oat flour as well as ground nuts to make cookies and piecrust. As the title of her book suggests, Medrich’s looking for the flavor

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Friday, July 29

Summer Apricots, Baked with a Sweet Almond Filling

Summer Apricots, Baked with a Sweet Almond Filling

Baking summer apricots, nectarines, peaches and plums brings out their deep flavors and is a favorite way to prepare them in season. Split the ripe fruit, sprinkle with sugar and bake until the juices flow.  Here is a simple yet dressed up way to bake a ripe summer apricot or other stone fruit with a sweet almond filling. Start by Finding a Good Apricot It’s sheer luck to find a decent fresh apricot on the

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Wednesday, March 23

Asian Coleslaw with Cabbage, Carrots and Toasted Almonds

Asian Coleslaw with Cabbage, Carrots and Toasted Almonds

On NPR this week, Kathy Gunst spoke about transitional recipes to help us segue into spring. These are recipes that use the last of winter produce with a hint of what’s to come when our gardens recover. The same though has crossed my mind. Don’t we automatically look for fresher flavors when the days become longer and brighter? This Asian inspired coleslaw incorporates some of my favorite flavors, fresh ginger and creamy almond butter among

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Saturday, January 23

Rose Almond Butter Cake

Rose Almond Butter Cake on striped fabric with vinatge Valentines

This Rose Almond Butter Cake has a tight crumb and rich buttery flavor without being too sweet. Rose powder in the batter along with orange flower water and a garnish of freeze-dried raspberries give the cake its subtle floral notes. The batter includes blanched almond flour, one of my secret ingredients, as well as cake flour. When I open my next bakery, this will be my signature cake. Almond flour does not absorb liquid as

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"Let no man fancy he knows how to dine
Till he has learnt how taste and taste combine."

-Horace, Satires, 2.4

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