Yearly Archives: 2016

Chocolate Cake

There are a multitude of chocolate cake recipes both in print and in the blogsphere. Between a friend and myself, we tested at least a half-dozen recipes. Some included as many as six eggs in the batter while others had as few as one egg. There were recipes that included melted chocolate, as well as […]
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Chocolate Tart with Orange Cookie Crust

I had two packages of Swedish orange cookies in my pantry long enough to be weary of staring at them. Knowing that chocolate and orange make a classic pairing, I gambled that a chocolate tart with an orange cookie crust would be a winner. Butter is a key ingredient in this crust and since I […]
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Spring Pea Soup Shooters

When I tell friends that I rarely make a recipe more than once, I’m not kidding.  The last time I made this delightful taste of spring was in 2008. I thought it was time to make it again. At a party, it’s fun served cold in shot glasses with a little crème fraîche floating on top. […]
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Caramelized Onion and Gruyère Quiche

I was recently in Paris scouting out places to take students on a culinary tour to the City of Lights (stay tuned). During the trip I wanted something a little more substantial than just a pain au chocolat for my le petit déjeuner. Okay, so I had a pain au chocolat and a slice of […]
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Scottish Shortbread, variation

I posted a recipe for Scottish shortbread around the Holidays back in 2012. Since then I’ve been reading recipes that include rice flour so I thought I’d see if it makes any difference even though I couldn’t find any reason why. I called my friend Shirley Corriher to ask what the deal was for such […]
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Lemon-Lavender Curd Meringue Tart

I have researched, tested, and tweaked many variations of this recipe with several experts contributing to its success including recipes from David Lebovitz, Dave Blom, Pastry Chef at the Fairmont Sonoma Inn and Spa, and my friend Pierre, who lives in Nice. He gets to pluck lemons off the tree on his terrace, which just […]
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