My oldest "baby", Hayden, just turned 22 and as he wasn't home for a traditional birthday celebration with cake this year, I decided to bake him a batch of these amazing brownies to enjoy when he returned from college for Thanksgiving. They are a slight twist on an Alice Medrich recipe from her fab book, Seriously Bitter Sweet: The Ultimate Dessert Maker's Guide to Chocolate .
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, Cookies - Bars
I call these "Twisted Turtle Bars" because they are my spin on the classic as presented by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito in their second cookbook, Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented . I made these to bring to my eldest son and his cronies at college a few weekends back, and decided to modify the original recipe NOT because I thought I could make it any better, but because I didn't have all the ingredients I needed on-hand and so decided to make a few substitutions.
"Turtles" have always been, are now, and will always be candies that are made from caramel, chocolate and pecans. I love them in a way that is probably unnatural for a grown man, but really what's not to love about them. They're chewy, crunchy, sweet, and salty...and oh so cute if made properly so that they resemble little turtles with the pecans forming their legs and head.
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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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, 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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I'm not one of those people that can sit on the couch at 9 PM with a pint of Ben and Jerry's, fire up Netflix and call it a night.
Actually, let me rephrase.....I can TOTALLY do that, I just try very hard not too because with every passing year, those night time indulgences get harder to work off the next day. Hear what I'm sayin'?
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In Breakfast / Brunch
, Jam, Compote, Chutney, Condiment
, Maple Syrup
My latest Cooking Light Magazine had a profile piece on identical 12 year old twin sisters who are about to publish their first cookbook Cooking Light We [Heart] Cooking!: Totally Tasty Food for Kids . Given my strong belief that parents need to teach their kids how to cook for themselves before setting them loose in the world, I couldn't help but give one of Lilly and Audrey's recipes a whirl.
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, Fish and Seafood
, Main Course
I know, sort of an odd way to start a food blog post, but there....I've said it.
More specifically, "sexy" is what sold me on my latest cookbook acquisition (I know I didn't NEED another cookbook....don't judge me!). It took all of two minutes spent flipping through the pages of Sorella: Recipes, cocktails & true stories from our New York restaurant while I was waiting to check out of Williams-Sonoma the other day for sexy to work it's magic on me, and buy the book I did.
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These little darlings were inspired by a post I saw on Deb Perelman's awesome blog, Smitten Kitchen. The technique I employed is basically the same as hers, but I added a few extra steps by making my own ice cream, then not able to leave well enough alone, a batch of pressure cooker dulce de leche to kick these babies into the stratosphere.
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When the dust had settled on the July 4th weekend a few weeks back and people had packed their bags and left town, I took a few moments to peruse my fridge and various coolers for left-overs that had to be put to use. It turns out that I did pretty well packing up goodies for everyone to take with so that I wasn't left with too much to plow through here. Big slabs of cake, containers of carnitas, and various cheeses, dips and spreads all got wrapped up for road trips. One thing we missed however, was a single crisper drawer just loaded with fresh fruit.
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