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June 8, 2015
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Baked Risotto with Lemon & Fresh Oregano

Once I knew how I was preparing the halibut, I thought that a light lemon risotto with fresh oregano would balance the meal. Risotto is an Italian dish that features arborio rice: a short grain, high starch rice that is cooked very slowly in stock. It requires constant stirring. When it’s done, you add Parmesan […]

Chocolate Prune Cardamom Cookies.

June 5, 2015
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Chocolate Prune Cardamom Cookies

I have been toying with the idea of mixing prunes and dark chocolate in desserts. I like both flavors and sometimes find myself in my pantry looking for a snack, and I grab a moist delicious pitted prune and a square of dark chocolate. Who would have thought these would combine to make a great […]

June 3, 2015
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Lightly Sweetened Whipped Cream

LIGHTLY SWEETENED WHIPPED CREAM YIELDS: 2-2 ½ Cups Ingredients 1 cup heavy cream, chilled ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 2 teaspoons sugar Directions 1. Put beaters or whisk and mixing bowl in refrigerator, for at least 15 minutes. 2. In chilled mixing bowl of electric stand mixer or hand held mixer, beat cream and vanilla extract […]

Crinkled Pears with Whipped Cream.

June 3, 2015
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Crinkled Pears with Whipped Cream

Warning: These pears are kind of ugly and yet you will hope that there are leftovers that you can eat for breakfast with a dollop of thick Greek yoghurt. I admit that they are time consuming but I make them the day before. They cook at a very low temperature and require frequent basting. I […]

June 1, 2015
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Out-Of-Town Company Dinner

Vera’s college friend Tzveta was coming from New York for a visit. We had spent a lovely evening sharing a great meal with her at ABC Kitchen in NYC during the recent blizzard that hit the East Coast. I had never met Tzveta before that night in New York. I didn’t know what to expect, but […]