Jun17

Chocolate Loaf Cake with White Chocolate Glaze

I don’t know about you but I love humble desserts, and of those desserts there is just something special about loaf cakes. They are not the prettiest desserts out there.  Often they are served unadorned or simply glazed.  Sitting next to a flaky croissant, a glistening napoleon, or a fluffy mousse they wouldn’t win the beauty prize, but looks can be deceiving.  Let’s be honest, because it is just you and I.  I find...

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Jun14

Pot Stickers with Pork Filling – Daring Cooks June 2009

 I decided, because I don’t have enough to do, that I would join The Daring Kitchen.  I know.  I know.   This month’s Daring Cooks Challenge is by Jen from Use Real Butter who challenged us all to make homemade pot sticker wrappers.    Overall, it was not terribly difficult, but it did take a little time to roll and fill the dumplings.  Of course, if you have friends and family willing to help, an assembly line makes...

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Jun12

Grilled Mushroom and Ricotta Pizza on Sourdough Wheat Crust

I have been on something of a pizza kick lately, and not those commercially prepared pies with flavorless cheese and mushy veggies. I can directly pin-point when this all started.  It began at the Mushroom Council lunch when Chef Kent Rathburn made us a grilled mushroom pizza.  I knew in that moment that I would be making a pizza with grilled mushrooms.  This is the result. I used mushrooms that were available at the grocery store,...

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Jun10

Baked Fish Tacos with Chipotle Dressing

I love warm weather food!  There is nothing like it, and when the temperature breaks the 95F mark I pull out my favorite Summer recipes. One such recipe is fish tacos.   Cool and crisp lettuce, creamy avocado, and crunchy fish wrapped in a corn tortilla is perfect for a light afternoon lunch, or a dinner on the patio with a cold beer.   There is just one problem with this dish, and that is deep frying the fish.   Of course, you know I...

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Jun08

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Do you have some ripe bananas that aren’t good for anything other than baking?  Are you tired of the same old banana bread?  Then keep reading! I had some extra bananas that I had forgotten to eat with my breakfast cereal.  They were pretty black and really soft, and I knew that they were only good for baking.   I did not, however, want regular old banana bread.  Not that I have anything against banana bread, I love it, but I...

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