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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Sunday, February 16

Almond Sablé Cookies

Almond Sablé Cookies

Some sweets deceive. These Almond Sablé Cookies among them. They require few ingredients.  Finely milled blanched almond flour and cultured butter prime among them. The almond flour adds to the sweetness and the cultured European-style butter gives the cookies their rich flavor.  The trick is finding the best quality ingredients. And baking the cookies low and slow to develop caramel notes. You can bake these sandy-textured cookies plain.  (Sablé means “sandy” in French.) Or you

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Tuesday, January 21

Potato Black Pepper Herb Rolls

We crave comfort in winter, not to mention a release from routine. So, if you’re looking for something to go with this weekend’s stew, consider these Potato Black Pepper Herb Rolls.  You form the dough for these tender dinner rolls flavored with black pepper, fresh chives and parsley into an impressive crown shape. The dough mixes easily by hand or in a stand mixer. Using a combination of potato and wheat flours plus sugar and

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Saturday, January 18

Chicken and Mixed Pasta Soup

Fast and fresh. How we want to cook right now. Chicken and Mixed Pasta Soup. You cook the pasta and make the soup with the pasta cooking water and some stock. A healthy and hearty bowl of scratch soup is on the table in 20 minutes. I made this with mista corta pasta sent to me by one of the oldest companies in Gragnano, Italy AKA Pastatown. Grazie Pasta Dimartino Use any short cuts of

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Thursday, January 09

Penne Rigate Salsa di Pomodorini

Penne Rigate Salsa di Pomodorini

Ever eaten a bowl of spaghetti or a slice of basic pizza with the kind of tomato sauce that makes the pasta or dough sing? One in which the flavor of the tomatoes is pronounced. You get that naturally sweet taste with a lingering savoriness? That’s the kind of tomato sauce I dream of, one that few home cooks, chef or restaurateurs master. The secret to such sauces is a quality tomato, minimally processed. In

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Thursday, February 13

Salmon Carpaccio

Are you looking for something fast and festive? Consider Salmon Carpaccio as a fresh, unfussy main course or light main meal. Think sashimi with a French twist. The saturated color of thin slices of raw salmon says “fancy” but it is forgiving to prepare.  Bread bakers take note. Because fish carpaccio needs a crusty baguette or thin slices of pain de mie, it is a great dish to add to your repertoire. Salmon carpaccio is made

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Tuesday, December 31

2020 New Foods, New Trends, New Outlook for the New Decade

As we enter a new decade with the inspiring date 2020, we’re likely to encounter unanticipated changes in the way we eat, shop and socialize.  Some may be revolutionary – cricket burgers at fast food chains – others gradual shifts– vegetarian options everywhere. Have you seen the packages of “meatless” burgers, “meat” balls and ground “meat” in the butcher’s cases at our local markets?  Pick up the neatly shrink-wrapped Styrofoam tray and read the label.

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Thursday, November 21

Pumpkin Cherry Pear Cake with Cinnamon Almond Streusel

Pumpkin Cherry Pear Cake with Cinnamon Almond Streusel

What do you look for in a snacking cake at this time of the year? Pumpkin, naturally. And warm spices, studded with fruit. This moist Pumpkin Cherry Pear Cake with Cinnamon Almond Streusel delivers just that and is what I’m making right now. We serve it with breakfast or as a snack for family and houseguests. Originally, I developed this recipe for American Almond Products Company. I used their cinnamon filling in the streusel, and

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Roasted Vegetable, Almond Butter Hummus and Feta Pita

Roasted Vegetable, Almond Butter Hummus, Feta Pita

As the seasons shift and local produce becomes scarce, I look to supermarket staples such as bell peppers and zucchini to get my vegetable fix. This Roasted Vegetable, Almond Butter Hummus and Feta Pita satisfies the craving for a sandwich with some the freshness of a salad. The combination of Almond Butter Hummus, feta cheese and a blend of warm spices give the sandwich some substance. You’ll find the recipe for Almond Butter Hummus here.

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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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