Jul27

Lemon Cherry Cake

When I buy fruit I find that I almost always buy more than I need.    In fact, I would go so far as to say I do that with most food.  That isn’t to say I am forever throwing away perfectly good food, but I plan for a dessert or salad and then overbuy with abandon and have to come up with a second, and even third recipe to use it all up.   That is what happened when I bought cherries for my Cherry Cheese Tart.  I bought loads of...

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Jul24

Croque-Madame Panini

What is better than a ham and cheese panini?  How about a ham and cheese panini topped with a fried egg and some creamy mornay sauce?   While dining out at a local French cafe I had a Croque-Monsieur which was quite nice.  I promptly went home to research what went into this sandwich when I discovered a recipe for a Croque-Madame.    A croque-madame has a sunny-side, or over-easy, egg and mornay sauce on top.  You can’t imagine...

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Jul20

Jalapeno Bacon Cheddar Cheese Burgers

A well grilled burger is a thing of beauty.  Add jalapenos, sharp cheddar cheese and thick cut bacon and it is the stuff of dreams. I have a few requirements for a good burger. It must be made with fairly lean  meat (around 90%), it must have salt and pepper, and it must remain moist after grilling, even if cooked to well-done.  The first two requirements are fairly straight forward, but the last can be tricky.  My trick to moist...

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Jul17

Cherry Cheese Tart

I love fresh cherries, and at this time of year they are plump and sweet.   When the cherries hit the produce section I grab them up for cherry pies, cherry sauce, and for eating ice cold on a hot day.  However, I must warn you, cooking with fresh cherries in season will spoil you for any other kind of cherry.  Even the frozen kind, picked and preserved at their peak, pale in comparison to fresh.    I also love cherry cheese danish...

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Jul15

Spicy Red Bean Soup

 Sometimes you just need a good bowl of soup.  The funny thing about soup is that despite how easy most soups are to make at home we, as a society, so often turn to the cans of soup that line grocery store shelves.  Yes, they are easy to prepare, but for all their ease of use they lack any real flavor.     So, a few weeks ago, I found myself contemplating easy, filling soups that would put some roses back in my cheeks (to find out why...

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