78 posts categorized "Eggs"

Bananas Foster Bread Pudding

In Banana, Bread, Butter, Cream, Custards / Puddings, Dessert, Eggs, Fruit, Milk, Recipe, Sauces / Condiments
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Pudding with sauce on ice - Blog 3788
 

Now that most people's New Year's resolutions about eating healthier and shelling out for a gym membership have been summarily dismissed, how about we get back to some fun, sugar and fat fueled cooking.  I made this little number as a dessert over the holidays - just about mid-binge - and it was a solid hit with everyone at the table.  The meal we had just enjoyed was similarly rich (in good holiday form) so I was a little concerned that talk of dessert would be met with moans and pleading from the table that no one could stand to eat another bite.

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Swiss Chard and White Bean Soup

In Beans, Eggs, Greens, Lemon, Main Course, Meatless, Onion, Potatoes, Recipe, Soup & Stew, Swiss Chard, Tomato, Vegetarian
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  White bean soup - Blog 3795

 

After what feels like eons of eating nothing but festive cookies and cakes, vats of cream laden vegetables, and a kaleidoscope of well marbled holiday roasts, this week I officially cried UNCLE.

I've never been one who went in for New Year's resolutions, preferring instead to make minor (or major) course adjustments in my life when I feel they're needed, and have never been comfortable waiting until January 1st of any given year to set them in motion.   That said, I'm not looking at my recent dietary makeover as part of a resolution, but rather a bold exclamation point to what has been an unusually rich holiday eating season.

Not sure whether it's my age, or that this year's culinary indulgences ran somewhat richer than average, but all I can say is it's time to stop the fat and sugar train so I can get off before I do permanent bodily damage.

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Double Chocolate and Mint Cookies

In Butter, Chefs, Chocolate, Cookies - Bars, Eggs, Mint, Recipe, Snacks
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  9 cookies - Blog 3786

 

Alas we have come to the third and final cookie I made for this year's holiday swap, and I'll have you know that this one was the clear winner among all voters under the age of 20 in my giving universe.  My original plan was to make a peanut butter filled version of Thomas Keller's TKO's (his version of an oreo) as the 3rd cookie in my trio, but when I saw these little monsters posted by my friend, Sally, on her terrific food blog Bewitching Kitchen.  One look at her post and  I knew that these would be a hands-down winner with the kids, while also being a bit more holiday-ish in feel.  In addition, I figured they'd survive shipping better than the relatively fragile TKO sandwich cookie.

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Spicy Cheddar Shortbread Cookies

In Butter, Cheddar, Cheese, Cookies - Bars, Eggs, Recipe
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Stacked shortbreads - Blog 3766

 

I came across this recipe from Mark Bittman while searching my files for a little nibble to keep on-hand for visitors over the Thanksgiving holiday.  These are super easy to make and addictively tasty....like Cheez-its on steroids.

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Pecan Pie Brownies

In Butter, Chocolate, Cookbooks, Cookies - Bars, Dessert, Eggs, Nuts, Pecan, Recipe
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Three tall - Blog 3763

 

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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Spiced Mirliton Cake

In Almond Flour, Breakfast / Brunch, Cake, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Eggs, Gluten-Free, Hazelnuts, Recipe
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  Mirliton top - Blog 3744

 

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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Gouda Grits with Chourico Kale and a Poached Egg

In Charcuterie, Cheese, Cornmeal, Eggs, Main Course, Milk, Onion, Pork, Recipe, Sausage
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  Grits with chorizo - Blog 3728

 

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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Bittersweet Chocolate Gelato

In Chocolate, Cookbooks, Dessert, Eggs, Ice Cream, Italian, Milk, Recipe
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Chocolate gelato - Blog 3718

 

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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Jammin Oat Muffins

In Breakfast / Brunch, Cookbooks, Dessert, Eggs, Jam, Compote, Chutney, Condiment, Maple Syrup, Milk, Muffin, Oats, Raspberry, Recipe
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  Muffin plated - Blog 3708

 

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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Peach and Blueberry Cobbler

In Almond, Blueberry, Breakfast / Brunch, Butter, Dessert, Eggs, Fruit, Peach, Pies, Tarts, Crisps , Recipe
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Plated - Blog 3689

 

This past week I committed the cardinal sin of food shopping, the very thing I urge all of my "Cooking Matters" students to avoid.

I went shopping while hungry.  Starving actually, if I'm to be totally honest with you all.

While racing from point A to point B last Thursday, I zipped into my farmer's market (with my stomach at full growl) to grab some fresh produce to tide me over for a few days.  A sample of a fresh from the tree local peach sent me into full craving mode and rather than buy a single 3 pound box for eating fresh, I decided to pick up two.  Like I said, NEVER shop hungry!

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