81 posts categorized "Eggs"

Quinoa Cookies

In Butter, Coconut, Cookies - Bars, Dessert, Dried Cranberries, Eggs, Honey, Nuts, Oats, Quinoa, Recipe
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Quinoa cookies - Blog 3854

 

These are a slight twist on some cookies I made a couple of years back that I pitched as a perfect breakfast treat.  

I know, cookies for breakfast....what could be better, huh?  Especially if you've got kids.  I mean can you imagine the love that will be flowing your way when you tell them you've made them cookies for breakfast?

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Seafood Ravioli with Brown Butter Caper Sauce

In Butter, Cheese, Eggs, Lemon, Lobster, Main Course, Pasta, Recipe, Ricotta, Shrimp
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  Macro - Blog 3832

 

How many of you have ever made your own pasta? 

I know it can seem a bit daunting, and with high-quality dried and fresh pastas available everywhere these days, many of us can't be bothered with making it from scratch.  But can I tell you something?  Once you experience the ritual of making your own and then taste how clearly superior it is to ANY store bought brand, you'll be a pasta maker for life.

 

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Rice Pudding with Boozy Fruit Compote

In Cream, Dessert, Dried Cherries, Eggs, Fruit, Milk, Raisins, Recipe, Rice and Grains, Vanilla
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Full bowl - Blog 3809
 

I've had a lot of time to catch up on food magazine reading over the past few weeks as the Northeast has been pounded with FOUR significant snowstorms that have kept us all locked up and out of harm's way.  As luck would have it I had all of the ingredients for this special treat on-hand during the first of these big snow events, which was a blizzard that dropped 31" of snow on us, and required that we stay put for 3 days until a plow could finally reach us and clear the drive.

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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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"Oui, Chef" exists as an extension of my efforts to teach my kids a few things about cooking, and how their food choices over time effect not only their own health, but that of our local food communities and our planet at large. By sharing some of our cooking experiences, I hope to inspire other families to start spending more time together in the kitchen, passing on established familial food traditions, and starting some new ones. Read more...
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