This little gluten free marvel comes to us courtesy of my friends at Leite's Culinaria. I made it first in my role as a recipe tester for the site, and then again last weekend as an elegant and super tasty end to a dinner party I was hosting. I don't know many people with full-blown Celiacs, but I dare say a quarter of my friends are trying to limit their intake of gluten and so a cake like this in my repertoire is most welcomed.
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There are as many variations on this queso dip as there are sports bars here in the States, and though I am late posting recipes to enjoy during this year's football season due to my inability to watch the Patriots SUCK in early season play; now that they have gotten their act together and are REALLY playing football I thought it high time to share this awesome game day treat.
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Leave it to my friends at Cooking Light Magazine to take the ubiquitous chicken caesar salad and turn it on it's head. This delicious twist on the restaurant staple is a breeze to get on the table and relatively healthy due to a re-working of the traditional caesar dressing to make is so much healthier than the standard mayonnaise based ones that abound.
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, Main Course
, Middle Eastern
, Rice and Grains
I made another batch of Mejadra (Mujadra) recently, the awesome middle eastern dish consisting of rice, lentils, gads of spices, and fried onions, and enjoyed it over the course of a week as a dinner side as well as a meatless lunchtime meal. It's an easy, healthy, and super flavorful dish to keep on-hand to fill in the gaps of a given week's meal plan and it seems to get better with each reheating. I served up my last left-over portion as a dinner side with some delicious double thick lamb chops that I had in the freezer. Following the lead of my friends Clay and Zach over at The Bitten Word, I decided to marinate my lamb "post-grilling" as the meat rested in a bowl of za'atar and EVOO.....and it was SO GOOD I almost wept!
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Not a fan of cauliflower?
That is about to change....I promise you.
I've never had strong feelings one way or another about cauliflower, perhaps because it always just struck me as a not very exciting veg. Rather bland to look at, not much better to taste, it seemed one of those "blank canvas" types of items that I never took the time to figure out how to dress up and make interesting.
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When living in Paris I did most of my grocery shopping at the Marché Saxe-Bruteuil right around the corner from where I lived. The marché was one of the many "pop-up" outdoor markets that can be found on various days throughout each of the 20 arrondissements in the city. Every Thursday and Saturday I'd walk to the market carrying a pannier in which to collect my farm fresh goods while enjoying a not so distant view of the Eiffel Tower. Talk about living the dream, huh?
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, Frozen Treats
, Ice Cream
, Sauces / Condiments
Forget the bowl, dig right into the tub and don't stop until it's all gone!
Not yet wanting to let go of summer I'm running around like a mad man consuming all the fresh corn and fruits I can get my hands on these days. Even though the morning air has a bit of a chill this time of year, afternoons are still nice and warm and we've had such a nice stretch of cloud free days that I recently had a craving for one more batch of a fruit infused ice cream.
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Growing up in Southern Vermont in the 70s and 80s cheese meant just one thing, glorious Vermont Cheddar. Long before the artisanal cheese making boom that has swept the country over the past 15-20 years, Vermont's cheddar tradition even then was well established. "Imported" cheeses whether from other regions of the US, or from other countries were something I rarely encountered as a kid.
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My mom asked me to bring a few hors d'oeuvres to a family dinner we had a while back, and as I had some luscious Medjool dates and a bag of baby potatoes in the fridge, I decided to whip up a combo platter of two of my favorite hot nibbles.
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I found some fresh Mexican chourico (chorizo) at the market the other day and it immediately reminded me of a great restaurant dish I had a while back. Not knowing when I would find fresh chourico again (around here we usually see the Spanish smoked and cured version of the spicy sausage), I bought a couple packs for freezing. So glad I did, because this dish turned out so well that I know I'm going to want to make it again soon.
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