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Raspberry Nutella Bread Pudding

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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I will admit, I am always looking for new ways to eat Nutella. It is probably one of the tastiest spreads out there, and I will admit to occasionally eating it straight from the jar.  No, not my proudest moments.  Anyway, I have been up to my eyeballs in pies this week so when it […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

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Before we get started with the Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies a couple of fun news items ….    First, as many of you know I am participating in an event sponsored by Electrolux in New York City to help raise awareness for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.  It is a fantastic organization and you can help by donating here.  Part of […]

Butter Croissants

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

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Ready for something a tad more advanced?  It takes time to make, but it is SO worth it. I fell in love with croissant making a few semesters ago in my Laminated Dough class.  Bread making is among my favorite things to do in the kitchen, but making laminated doughs (doughs with butter sandwiched between […]

Cheddar and Gruyère Gougères

Monday, August 3, 2009

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When I was in my Laminated Dough class in culinary school we made gougères.  I have never been the same since.   After reading what gougères were I was certain they would be awful.  I mean, a gougère is nothing more than pâte à choux  with cheese mixed in, but I always associated pâte à […]

Buttermilk Biscuits

Friday, July 3, 2009

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Tomorrow is the 4th of July here in the US, and I can think of no better way to celebrate our nation’s independence than with a hearty breakfast of flaky and tender buttermilk biscuits.   For years I struggled with buttermilk biscuits.  Drop biscuits I had down pat.  I could make batches of those fluffy little […]

Dark Chocolate Chip Brownies

Monday, April 13, 2009

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If you do not like chocolate jam packed inside a fudgy brownie, turn back now!   This recipe is adapted from one we made in culinary school.  The brownies we made were ok, but we did not use dark chocolate or dutch processed cocoa powder.  I do and the result is superior.  There is also […]

Spiced Dark Chocolate Pudding

Friday, March 27, 2009

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When I was in culinary school we made cardamom tea cookies which we dipped in bittersweet chocolate.  I was certain it would be awful but I tried them and discovered that the pungent cardamom accented the rich dark chocolate very well.  From that day forward I have been playing around with cardamom and chocolate.  My latest […]

Aloo Paratha

Friday, March 13, 2009

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When I was taking my Breads & Rolls class last year in culinary school we made an Indian bread called Aloo Paratha. It is a wheat bread dough that is filled with a curried potato mixture, rolled flat and cooked on a hot griddle. They were, in a word, delicious!     I have thought of them fondly, […]

Molten Chocolate Cakes

Monday, February 9, 2009

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Many, many years ago, before I went to culinary school, I tried my first molten chocolate cake.  I was perplexed as to how they were able to have a perfectly firm cake on the outside while having a molten chocolate core inside.  I was sure it was done by placing some sort of frozen chocolate center into […]

Cookie Fest 2008

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

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Last night I began my holiday cookie fest.  I made Chocolate Chip Bars and Nigella’s Triple Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Mmmmm.  I doubled the recipes for both and I now have five containers of cookies ready to eat/give/serve in the freezer.   I will be doing Jam Thumbprints and Peanut Butter Cookies sometime this week, and this […]

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