Yearly Archives: 2013

Eggnog Crème Brûlée

I used Kalona SuperNatural eggnog for this recipe.  It’s all organic with no stabilizers or preservatives.  And, above all it’s really good! Of course any type of oven-proof ramekins can be used, but I enjoy the crunchy caramelized sugar to creamy custard ratio that is achieved when using a shallow vessel. 4 – four ounce […]
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Bourbon-Pecan Tart

One 10-inch Tart 12 – 16 servings 1 – tart dough* 3 large eggs, preferably organic and at room temperature 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar 3/4 cup pure maple syrup 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 2 tablespoons Irish Whiskey or Bourbon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 cups pecan halves or pieces […]
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Crème Fraîche Pumpkin Tart with Pecan-Ginger Shortbread Crust

I must confess, I enjoy tarts better than pies as the ratio of crust to filling is more balanced.  And, since I can never leave well enough alone with any recipe, I switched up Mom’s pumpkin pie recipe by replacing the evaporated milk with home-made crème fraîche. If you whip up the crème fraîche tomorrow, […]
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Chocolate Pots de Crème

Making pot de crème is surprisingly easy and when the best ingredients are used, it never fails to be delicious.  Also, if kept wrapped and refrigerated, it can be made up to 3 days in advance, thus making it the perfect end to a dinner party. The finished dessert can be served in a variety […]
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Vanilla Pastry Cream and Fresh Berry Tart

Before all the berries are gone and we’ve all moved on to apples and pears, I thought I’d better get this recipe posted.  There are many variations for tart dough and all work quite well with a few caveats.  Keep your ingredients cold (even putting the flour in the freezer) and working the dough just […]
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Strawberry and Rhubarb Tart with Brown Butter Streusel

It is the height of rhubarb season in Minnesota.  I’ve already harvested the stalks (the leaves are poisonous) of this delectable vegetable four times from the six plants (yes – six) that Jon planted a couple of years ago and it’s only June 1st. Unless you live in an apartment or have zero friends or […]
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Sour Cream Pound Cake

There’s still enough time to make this cake for tomorrow’s Memorial Day cook-out.  It’s a variation of one that my grandmother would often bake when she knew we would be visiting.  She would make it in a bundt pan.  I can still remember the aroma as we scampered into their home in Jacksonville, Florida.There is […]
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Grape and Cucumber Raita

Having cooked alongside my friends from India including Raghaven Iyer, Suvir Saran and Suneeta Vaswani, I am inspired daily by what each has taught me about the foods of their homeland. They are masters at combining spices, now so readily available, in unique and flavorful ways.  Is this recipe exactly traditional?  That I’m not sure, […]
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