Yearly Archives: 2021

Blueberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce

May is the season for blueberries in Florida but it’s in July when they are ripe in Minnesota. This year I had the good fortune to enjoy them during both seasons. I made this sauce at my brother’s in May and had to do it again here at home. It’s a delightful alternative to a […]
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Swedish Cinnamon Buns (Kanelbullar)

Right of the bat you’ll see the word TANGZHONG in the recipe and you might ask yourself what the heck is tangzhong? In a nut-shell it’s the method of pre-cooking a portion of the flour and liquid. This gelatinizes the starches in the flour, transforming the two ingredients into a viscous paste (think papier-mâché). It […]
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Fresh and Zippy Asparagus Soup

When asparagus is local and abundant, it’s time to make this soup. Not only is local the freshest, it’s also likely that the end that is generally tough is tender enough to include in the soup. The only way to know it though, is to cut a bit off and taste it. If it’s not […]
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Spinach Briouats

When in Morocco these are called briouats (bree-wats). If you nibbled on one in Greece, they would be called spanakopita. If making these in India one might added cooked, diced potatoes and/or peas. In France, the phyllo would merely be wrapped around a disk of chèvre before being sautéed. Regardless of what they may be […]
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Indian Inspired Coconut Rice Pudding

I had some left-over basmati rice in the fridge the other day along with a bit of coconut cream. Did you know you can freeze rice and thaw in the refrigerator? It reheats just fine.  Or you can make rice pudding. I wouldn’t have thought it would take about 40 minutes give or take a […]
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Chocolate-Almond Coconut Cake

As usual I was perusing recipes on the web as well as thumbing through the numerous cookbooks I own looking for a dessert to end a Spring dinner with friends. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to bake a coconut cream tart or a chocolate cake. I ended up combining two of my loves; coconut […]
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Smoked Duck Rillettes

Makes Twelve – 3 ounce ramekins 2 1/2 pounds duck tenderloins, tendons removed 1 1/2 cups duck fat, divided 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme 2 teaspoons herbes de Provence 6 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed 1 1/2 cups chopped shallots 2 teaspoons kosher salt or to taste 1 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper […]
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Chocolate Buttermilk Ice Cream

2 cups heavy cream 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup wild flower honey 6 large egg yolks Pinch Kosher salt 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature 6 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped 1/2 cup crème fraîche Have ready a bowl of ice water along with a sieve placed over a medium heat-proof bowl. In a medium […]
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