Yearly Archives: 2009

Chinese-Style Roasted Chicken Thighs

6 garlic cloves, chopped 3-inch piece of peeled fresh ginger root, quartered 5 sprigs lemon balm 8 tablespoons soy sauce 4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 5 teaspoons honey ¾ teaspoon salt 3 pounds skinless chicken thighs (Optional ingredients for marinade) 5 Spice powder Red pepper flakes In a blender purée the garlic, ginger root, and […]
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Poached Scallops with Mango Salsa

Friends throw a holiday party every year and the guests are asked to bring a toy or clothing for a needy child. They have such a great home, are wonderful hosts and their orchard collection is out of this world. Given all of the above how could one ever decline their invitation? They served this […]
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Cumin Crisps

I’ve modified this recipe that I got from my friend Kevin Ryan.  He was teaching a class and shared it with the students. Makes about 60 2-inch crackers 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 6 tablespoons rice vinegar 1 tablespoon cumin seeds 2 tablespoons unsalted-butter, melted ½ teaspoon kosher salt ½ cup water, […]
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Court Bouillon

This is a simple yet delicious stock to poach any type of seafood or fish. Use it to poach the scallops for the Poached Scallops with Mango Salsa recipe. 4 cups water 1/2 cup dry white wine 1 thyme sprig 2 flat-leaf parsley sprigs 1 bay leaf 3 garlic cloves ½ carrot, peeled ½ onion, […]
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Apple Pies, Apple Butter and Apple Syrup

What does one do with 3 1/2 bushels of Minnesota grown apples, consisting of a combination of Harrelsons, Cortlands and Regents? What you do is invite a group of good friends over to spend the day making pies, apple butter and syrup, throwing in a lot of laughter along the way. We did just that […]
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Community Giving Campaign

We had a little contest at work last week. We were asked to incorporate “Goulish Goodies” with the themes of the organizations that, as a company, we were supporting. Here’s a picture (taken with a camera phone) of what I created. If you can make it out, it is all made out of sugar cookie […]
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Caramel Candies with a Twist

I spent a recent Sunday afternoon testing different caramel candy recipes that I had found on the internet and in cookbooks. While doing so, I was sitting here at the kitchen island, staring at a very large bottle of Saporoso balsamic from Modena, Italy, that I had purchased not too long ago. Every recipe at […]
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Raspberry and Passion Fruit Mousse Cake

Friends Jennifer, Kevin and I get together occasionally at Bret’s Table to cook, what some would say are complicated desserts. That wouldn’t be my definition. We just cook whatever looking fun and interesting. Most recently we have been testing various French Macaron recipes, some with more success than others. To date though, we haven’t found […]
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