Sgroppino al Limone (an Italian Sorbetto Cocktail) | #SundaySupper

Sgroppino (Italian dessert cocktail) with lemon sorbet, Prosecco, and vodka.

One of my favorite things about travel is discovering new dishes, and bringing them into my kitchen. I'm not talking about celery root foam, or other molecular gastronomy tricks. I mean dishes well-known within a particular culture or region. Dishes with a past that can claim lineage. Food with kitchen cred. To name a few - fried empanadas filled with cheese and dusted with sugar  - popular Ecuadorian street food -- I'll be blogging about them soon! Farinata and socca, two dishes that I ...

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Cauliflower Apple Cheddar Melts | #SundaySupper

cauliflower apple apps featured

I saw some Cauliflower Melts on Epicurious the other day that looked so melty that I had to make them. This is the time of year when anything with melted cheese (or hello, chocolate) catches our eye. We tramp in from the cold, stomping our feet to get the snow off, our bodies shivering as we peel off layers of wet clothes. And then we see melty cheese, hot from the oven, blanketing a little morsel underneath. We hardly want to take the time to slip into dry clothes before sitting down to ...

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Jalapeño Poppers Gougère | #FoodNetwork

Jalapeño Pepper Gougère

With all the news swirling around - from ParisTurkeyRussiaSyria, to the political gauntlet for our next President, and the fact that we had not one, but two mass killings yesterday (just another day in the news in the gun-hugging USA), the question I turn over in my mind is whether we're raising the next generation in a culture of fear. The way I see it, there are two components to fear: 1) something we're afraid might happen in the future, and 2) our response to it right now today. That ...

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Butternut Squash Risotto with Pears and Sage #SundaySupper

Butternut Squash Risotto with Pears and Sage

  I was lucky enough to travel in the Czech Republic and Slovakia earlier this month with a small group of 14 wonderful people. We started and ended in Prague, my new favorite city in the whole world, escaped the crowds to travel west to Karlovy Vary (a spa town very near Germany with hot springs everywhere), and retraced our steps eastward to travel through parts of Slovakia very near Poland. It was a fantastic trip, my favorite in a long time, but people, we were in the land of meat. I ...

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Coconut Curry Mussels | #SundaySupper

coconut curry mussels

This week's theme on #SundaySupper is Year End Cravings, hosted by Cindy on Cindy's Recipes and Writings. Something we've had a hankering for all year. My craving is coconut curry mussels - essentially mussels steamed in a broth of coconut milk, vegetable broth, red curry paste,and lime juice. A similar dish used to be on the menu of a local restaurant in our town, Balboa, and I ordered them without fail every time I dined there. And then they vanished without a trace. One night we walked ...

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Wine-Poached Spiced Pear Strudel with Chocolate

Wine-poached spiced pears layered in a phyllo crust with chocolate and rum-soaked dried cherries.

Secret Recipe Club: Wine-poached and spiced pear strudel with pears layered in a phyllo crust with chocolate and rum-soaked dried cherries. This might be my new(est) favorite dessert. Yes, I know I always say that. But I really mean it. It's perfect when you want something fairly quick that looks like you went to a LOT of trouble. And I'm thinking it's pretty healthy, as far as desserts go. The star of the show is the spiced pears, with a strong supporting cast from the chocolate shavings ...

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Blackberries, Blue Cheese & Endive Appetizer

Endive leaf scoops filled with blue cheese and blackberries - recipe.

Endive appetizer with blue cheese and blackberries, drizzled with a blackberry sauce. Summer demands easy entertaining and food that refreshes. I'm generally carrying a fan around the house to stay cool on days the San Francisco fog stays out at sea (I have a svelte little tower model by Wexford that I love), and have loads of things I'd rather do than slave in a hot kitchen for hours on end during the hottest part of the day. So on days that sizzle, when friends stop by for a casual ...

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Celery Root Bisque (+ Lobster)

celery root bisque with broiled lobster tails

Decadent but healthy: celery root bisque with optional broiled lobster tail meat.   Did you know that Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday? This is a little embarrassing, but I never thought about it. I've just always thought of Mardi Gras meaning Let's Party Wildly With Colorful Makeup and Glitter.  It is, of course, the gorging before Lent begins the following day, Ash Wednesday. And just to complete the lesson, because I'm nothing if not thorough, Lent is the 40(-ish) day period ...

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Portabellas Stuffed with Cabernet Onions and Gorgonzola

Portabellas Stuffed with Cabernet Onions and Spinach

When I moved to a mostly vegetarian diet a couple of years ago, I needed to create some new entrées for the holidays. Let’s face it; whether you’re 2 years old or 75, food is central to festivities, starting with Thanksgiving and continuing all the way through countless holiday parties to New Years Day. So, just two months after my leap into the big green world of vegetarianism, heated debates raged in my extended family over the best way to roast (or deep fry) turkey to get a crispy skin and ...

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Chocolate Coconut Truffles & Jam: #SundaySupper

decadent chocolate coconut creamy truffles with strawberry jam

Decadent chocolate truffles with super creamy centers of chocolate-coconut-strawberry jam ganache. It's time for another SundaySupper and it's all about Valentine's Day. I went traditional with chocolate, how could I not? And I settled on truffles. It's been way too long since I've made them. Truffles are show-stoppers. Decadent, hard chocolate shells protecting luxuriant, silky centers. When I was in school, I was lucky enough to attend a ...

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Fennel, Celery Root and Apple Salad

healthy raw shaved salad fennel, celery root, apples, buttermilk yogurt dressing

Healthy, easy raw salad of shaved fennel, celery root, and apples, tossed in a buttermilk-yogurt dressing with a hint of mustard. In late November I signed up for a give-away on EA Stewart’s The Spicy RD blog. I haven’t participated in many of these give-aways, and haven’t hosted any at all, but EA was giving away a pedometer. Now I have wanted a pedometer for a few years now. I’ve torn out reviews of pedometers I’ve ...

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Honeyed Warm Feta with Dates

Honeyed Warm Feta with Dates 600LT : The Wimpy Vegetarian

Easy warm appetizer of baked feta topped with blue cheese, honey and dates. I have friends who are appetizer rock stars, but I'll be the first to admit I'm challenged in this area. By the time I've planned a first course, the main event, and dessert, the appetizer becomes an afterthought. At the last minute, I'm invariably raiding the refrigerator for some forgotten olives that might be stashed ...

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