Category Archives: Cooking

It’s summer, time for some chilled soup and a nice salad!


I wrote a blog about gazpacho in August of last year, but I didn’t include any recipes for non-tomato variation or melon soups.  We had dinner at a friend’s house this week, and she made a wonderful watermelon gazpacho, and … Continue reading

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Weeknight elegance in 3 hours


Years ago, I made a recipe from Jacques Pepin’s great cookbook, La Technique for a dinner party.  It was chicken that was deboned and stuffed with a chicken forcemeat, and covered in aspic.  Served slightly cold, it was a fantastic … Continue reading

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HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT INTELLECTUAL FRAUD?


  And by that, I mean plagiarism, to my mind one of the worst kinds of frauds, as it steals someone else’s ideas to present them as your own. The particular example I found while researching a recipe for tomato … Continue reading

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Gazpacho—A Summer Delight


Tomatoes are now at their best, especially if you can get them fresh at the farmer’s market.  And what better way to highlight some of the best of summer than to put these wonderful fruits to use to create one … Continue reading

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The best chocolate chip cookie?


Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies. Whether it is the original creation of Ruth Wakefield at her Toll House Inn in Whitman, Mass or the infinite numbers of attempts by commercial bakeries and home cooks to make variations on the primal … Continue reading

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Belly up to the bar cookie take 2


Another holiday season, and all the blogs and cooking sites are trying to claim that they have found the perfect cookie (or pie or entrée [you get the idea]).  I would not want to make such a outreaching claim, but … Continue reading

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Looking for a cake with “Wow”


My cousin throws an annual party that has evolved from a “Death by Chocolate” theme to encompass all food, but the heart of the party is still chocolate.  I have enjoyed the competition, but the success that I have in … Continue reading

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Making the best Chicken Parmesan better!


I watched America’s Test Kitchen show on classic Italian fare, and thought that their preparation of Chicken Parmesan solved many of the problems of this dish.  http://www.americastestkitchen.com/recipes/7323-best-chicken-parmesan However, I thought it through and realized that by eliminating one step, it … Continue reading

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In the pursuit of caramel uses, take 3


As promised, I’m still looking at uses for the excellent caramel sauce (the recipe is in a prior post 3/3/14).  Today, I took the lessons learned from the less than perfect caramel chocolate cookie and applied it to a bar … Continue reading

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Caramel and toffee, take 2, or building a better cookie


I promised a further investigation into the use of the caramel recipe of a prior post on this site.  Here’s what I discovered so far: Mixing the caramel into a toll house type chocolate chip cookie dough was interesting in … Continue reading

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