Wednesday, April 29

Lemon Glazed Cinnamon Raisin Buns

Lemon Glazed Cinnamon Buns

Weekend bakers look for projects that make them shine.  And taste delicious. These Lemon Glazed Cinnamon Raisin Buns fit the bill. So much so that Charlie ate two of them in one day, a record for someone who finds an English muffin a little sweet. Inspiration for this recipe came a friend, a novice baker looking to make cinnamon rolls.  Searching for a reliable dough for her to make, I realized that the one I

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Wednesday, April 22

Veal Marengo with Green Almonds

Veal Marengo with Green Almonds

Green almond season has me thinking of ways to use this symbolic food, the first fresh green thing to appear in many orchards. Seeing veal in the local store gave me the idea to revisit an old chestnut, Veal  Marengo. It is a classic preparation for an elegant yet homey dish of veal stewed with tomatoes and mushrooms. Adding green almonds proved to be a lucky hunch. When cooked, the green almonds taste like cooked

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Saturday, April 04

Tuna Mousse

Tuna Mousse

Among our pantry friendly favorites is this Tuna Mousse. It is creamy, salty, savory and delectable.  You whip it up in a few minutes in a food processor then slather it on crackers. I once consumed an entire can of tuna fish prepared this way. One hundred percent credit for this recipe goes to David Shalleck, author of Mediterranean Summer.  He published the recipe in his 2008 memoir about his culinary education cooking in Italy

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Orange and Almond Chiffon Cake

Orange and Almond Chiffon Cake

Our Easter gathering will be a party of two this year.  But I know someone who will really enjoy this Orange and Almond Chiffon Cake, especially if I serve it with fresh raspberries and coconut sorbet. A moist chiffon cake combines the lightness of angel food cake with some of the richness of a butter cake.  Instead of butter, oil gives the cake its tender crumb. This gluten-free cake is ideal for Easter or Passover.

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Friday, April 03

Toasted Bread and Almond Crumble

Toasted Almond and Bread Crumbles

Looking for a home made pantry staple to brighten up an everyday meal? Think savory granola. Toasted Bread and Almond Crumble is the topping you’ve been craving. It gives zip to soft creamy foods.  Sprinkle it on salads, of course.  But also use it as a topping for soups, deviled eggs, mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables.  One thing you should not do, eat it with a spoon from the jar. You won’t want to stop.

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Cold Takeout-Style Noodles with Peanut Sauce

Chinese Style Take Out Noodles

Did you grow up eating peanut or sesame noodles from a local Chinese restaurant? If so, you’ll love making this dish fresh at home. These Cold Takeout-Style Noodles with Peanut Sauce are a picnic favorite or something to serve with Asian-inspired stir fries, ribs or chicken. Like most people right now, I’ve been thinking about pantry-friendly recipes.   These spicy peanut noodles can be made with what is in most kitchen cupboards. For many of

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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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