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You know the expression, “Necessity is the Mother of invention”? In this case, my Bread Pudding invention turned out to be simply divine.

April 27, 2016
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Chocolate Prune Croissant Bread Pudding

I figured dessert would be simple and easy and I headed out to the freezer to the cookie stash, but someone had gotten to it before me. It was then I vaguely remembered invading the cookie stash for several tea and cookie afternoons. I kept searching the freezer, looking for hidden treasure, and I found […]

The Chocolate Prune Cake: YUMMY! (No further caption needed.)

July 6, 2015
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Chocolate Prune Cake with Salted Butter Caramel Sauce

My Chocolate Prune Cardamom Cookies and the combination was so scrumptious I went in search of other chocolate prune recipes. I found David Lebovitz’s Chocolate Prune Cake that he took to a dinner party in Paris. I figured if it was good enough for a dinner party in Paris, it was fine for Game Night […]

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 […]

Lamb Hash

February 2, 2015
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Lamb Hash

Before I made this I had never eaten lamb hash. I’d eaten brisket of beef hash, corned beef hash and even turkey hash. This was a total experiment. The idea came to me when I had leftovers from this exact leg of lamb recipe. The leg of lamb was so rich and loaded with flavors, I […]

Lamb Tagine with Apricots & Prunes and Moroccan Couscous (Moroccan Feast)

November 24, 2014
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Lamb Tagine with Apricots & Prunes

This is one of those typical Moroccan dishes that combine meat (lamb) with dried fruit. If you’ve never eaten this type of stew, it is far more sophisticated than simply lamb with fruit. The fork tender lamb is cooked in a sauce loaded with spices, and each bite reveals a glorious blend of sweet and […]

October 29, 2014
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Dried Fruit Compote with Grand Marnier

  My grandmother used to make a fruit compote or “stewed fruit” as she called it, that she served with dinner. She made everything with a sprinkling of love, so I happily scarfed down anything she offered. I miss her, but I don’t miss that compote. The fruit was cooked so long that it was […]

October 10, 2014