Monthly Archives: February 2012

Creamed Spinach with Bacon

In the tradition of any great American steakhouse, I give you creamed spinach.  A blissful, succulent side dish to any meat course.  Of course it’s very rich, so a little goes a long way. 3 slices of bacon 1 T. … Continue reading

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Shrimp and Scallops with Prosciutto and Minted Pea Puree

My mint wintered over this year, did yours?  It usually does, but this year was a little different.  It never completely died down, I had fresh mint all winter long!  Here is a great recipe to highlight the fresh, springy … Continue reading

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Fire Truck Cake with the Hershey’s Cocoa Frosting

My son’s love of fire trucks prompted me to create a fire truck cake for his birthday party this week.  The cake was chocolate with Hershey’s Cocoa frosting; in my opinion it’s the best chocolate frosting recipe there is.  I … Continue reading

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Perciatelli with Roasted Cauliflower and Herbed Breadcrumbs

         Perciatelli is a long pasta, like fat spaghetti, only hollow. If you can’t find perciatelli, substitute any long substantial pasta. Buccatini is the same thing as perciatelli as far as I know.  Spaghetti would be fine, but anything thinner … Continue reading

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Meyer Lemon Tart with Almond Cream

    Meyer Lemon Tart with Almond Cream Meyer lemons are slightly sweeter than regular lemons.  They are especially good at this time of year. For this recipe you need one prebaked 9 inch tart shell.  You can use your favorite … Continue reading

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Black Bottomed Cupcakes

I’m not sure where the original recipe for these cupcakes came from.  My mom used to make these for my brother when we were kids.  They were his favorites.  These days I use a chocolate cake mix (gasp!) to speed … Continue reading

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Vietnamese Shrimp Soup

Vietnamese Shrimp Soup I used tiger prawns, which were delicious but almost too large.  Medium sized shrimp should be perfect.  The picture shows my friend Brennan’s salad rolls which were delicious. Serves 4 1 lb. shrimp, unpeeled 1 6-8 inch … Continue reading

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Thai Coconut Sticky Rice

Thai Coconut Sticky Rice Heaven in a bowl.  This rice is creamy and delicious with a delicate perfume of lime zest.  It’s a great accompaniment to a spicy stir fry or any other Asian style main dish.  The rice is Thai sweet … Continue reading

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Orange and Fennel Salad

This winter salad is bright, fresh, and crisp.  The perfect salad to pair with hearty meat dishes or hot soup.  Prep work is key here, you need well-groomed orange segments and paper-thin slices of fresh fennel.  Find orange flower water … Continue reading

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Milk Chocolate Souffle

Valentine’s Day is an excuse for me to eat chocolate.  That is pretty much all it is good for as far as I am concerned.  That, and I got to watch my son open his cards at school at his first … Continue reading

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