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October 26, 2015
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Cauliflower Fritters with Cumin & Raita

If you’re planning a party of all appetizers and alcohol, you need at least one fried appetizer. Somewhere there is a written rule about this. Alcohol and fried food are a natural combination. But fried food doesn’t have to be greasy or heavy. You need a combination of the right batter, the correct oil and […]

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October 22, 2015
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Olive Tapenade Tart with Ricotta Cheese

This is another one of those recipes that I can put together using pantry staples. I always keep different kinds of olives in my pantry, frozen puff pastry thawed in the refrigerator and whole milk ricotta or soft goat cheese in the cheese drawer. Even though I make my own tapenade, you can even use […]

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October 19, 2015
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Mocha Pot de Crème with Whipped Cream

I have always loved pot de crème, crème brûlée or any type of baked custard dessert. There is something about the rich, luscious, creamy texture, combined with the intense flavor that brings a smile to my face with the first spoonful. I tried to sort out the difference between crème brûlée and pot de crème. […]

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October 15, 2015
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Individual Onion Pies with Blue Cheese & Walnuts

These are terrific one-bite wonders that pack a big flavor. They are intense, rich and delectable. The size is just perfect as part of an all appetizer party or by themselves with a glass of wine for an intimate dinner. Once again, this recipe makes great use of store bought refrigerated pie crust. I was […]

How about this Triple Almond Bar Cookie?

October 12, 2015
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Triple Almond Cookies

Years ago, when I made my first almond cake using almond paste, entire world of desserts opened up for me. I never get tired of the flavor of almonds. It can be subtle, as in some cakes, or intense as in these Triple Almond Cookies. If someone doesn’t like almonds, they won’t like these, but […]