Category Archives: Appetizers

Asian Pear with Gorgonzola, Ricotta & Mint

Asian pears are a delightful addition to the pear family. They are crisp and slightly sweet but not too juicy which makes them a wonderful component to any savory recipe. Their taste is not overpowering and compliments stronger flavors such … Continue reading

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Grilled Eggplant with Fresh Mozzarella Tomato & Basil

Eggplants (also known as aubergines) are wonderful whether grilled, baked, fried, or sautéed and can be served diced, sliced, puréed, or halved. I simply adore eggplants. Their earthy almost naturally smoky flavor compliments beef, lamb, and chicken; yet also make … Continue reading

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Easy Homemade Puff Pastry

Puff pastry – or pâte feuilletée (which means pastry of many layers, or “leafs” in French) can be used in sweet and savory dishes enhancing them with its flaky layers and rich buttery flavor. There are two methods for making … Continue reading

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Simple Side Dish: Sautéed Mushrooms

Mushrooms can be eaten raw or cooked.  There are a variety of mushrooms and each carry different flavors suitable for different dishes.  The most popular mushrooms for cooking (varying by country of course) are: white/button, portobello/portabella, porcini, chanterelle, crimini, shiitake, … Continue reading

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Homemade Ricotta

Fresh ricotta is my latest food obsession. It only requires a few ingredients and is very quick and easy to make. Once you have seen how simple it is to achieve a rich and creamy ricotta at home (unlike store-bought … Continue reading

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