I came across this recipe a few weeks back as I was looking for a kid-friendly treat to bring to a holiday party. The recipe is by Sally Sampson, a friend of mine, and the founder and President of Chop Chop Magazine which aims to inspire and teach kids to cook and eat real food with their families. If anyone knows what appeals to a kid's palate, its Sally!
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The recipe for this unbelievably good cornbread was originally found in Southern Living Magazine, but I came to know of it through my friends over at Leite's Culinaria. The first time I made this it was to accompany Michael Symon's Black-Eyed Pea - Pork Shoulder Chili, and I loved it so much that I made it again recently as a side to a double batch of Sweet Potato and Turkey Chili that I cooked up to deliver to a local church to feed about 20 homeless men who were taking shelter there for the night.
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This little lovely is the culinary creation that I gifted my close friends and family this year for the holidays. I found the recipe on theKitchn and gave it a test run a few weeks before Christmas to rave reviews. The cake has a super dense crumb and is as moist and rich as you'd expect given the amount of butter and sugar in it.
Hey, it was the holidays....there will be no calorie counting until well into the New Year!
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As I prepare to pack my bags for some holiday travel I thought I'd toss this quick post together, one last little culinary sharing before Christmas. For all of you out there who have never made your own eggnog, and gag when served the artificially sweetened and thickened sludge bought pre-made at the market, you are in for a treat. One sip of this magical elixir and you'll feel like Ebenezer Scrooge quaffing the "milk of human kindness" in the musical version of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" starring Albert Finney.
This is not a drink for the faint of heart, what with a dozen eggs, copious amounts of whole milk and cream, a couple cups of sugar, and over 6 cups of booze.....but hey, if you want to get giddy like old Uncle Ebenezer, you gotta take some health risks!
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I love a good cookie....really, I do.
I love making them, eating them, discovering new ones, and returning time and again to old favorites.
Since I was a kid, my favorite mass produced cookie has been the Fig Newton, hands down. Their fruity-cakey goodness easily beat the competitors of the day, the lowly Oreo and Chips-Ahoy. I have found over time though, that my love of the Newton is not universally shared. It is hard to find someone who doesn't love a good chocolate chip cookie, but when asked about Newtons I find that nearly half the people I ask can't stand them (not that I've spent a great deal of time trying to discern people's love/hate of Newtons, but I'm just sayin'). I don't understand these Newton haters.
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I arrived a little early to a Share Our Strength benefit a few weeks back, and having missed lunch that day, was starving. Luckily the event was being held at the fabulous Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant in South Boston so there was plenty of good food on offer. I grabbed a seat at the bar, ordered an IPA and one of their more popular bar appetizers, meatballs over creamy polenta.
In short order I was a very happy guy.
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I saw a photo of a chicken hash dish in Saveur not long ago and knew immediately that I needed to take a swing at this dish myself. I can think of few meals more soulful and satisfying than a good hash bathed by a flowing yolk from a perfectly poached egg. Do you hear what I'm sayin'?
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Meltingly delicious still warm from the oven
Are you a fan of brownies so rich and dense that if you close your eyes when taking a bite you think you're actually biting into a piece of fudge?
OK then, why don't you toddle along......today's post is clearly not for you.
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, Creme Fraiche
, Side Dish
No, you aren't hallucinating, the title of this post is ONION Carbonara, and yes, I already know what you're thinking because I thought the same thing too when I first heard about this dish.
"He must be insane...there's no way anybody would eat a whole bowl of onions masquerading as pasta, I don't care how much bacon and cream you throw at it!"
That's right, I thought those exact same thoughts so I know where you're at, but stay with me because as odd sounding as this dish is, it totally rocks.
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, Pies, Tarts, Crisps
Happy 4th of July, Gang!
Just a quickie today 'cause I've got a parade to get to and a bunch of lobsters and corn to cook for our holiday BBQ, but our dessert for this afternoon, this red, white and blue tart turned out so well that I couldn't help tossing it up in a quick post.
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