Chocolate Spice Cake With Brown Butter Frosting

Welcome Fall!!   It is not exactly cool here, but we have had three days where the temps have stayed cool enough for the air to be crisp, and that puts me in a Fall baking mood!  I decided to break out all the ingredients for a spice cake when a bar of dark chocolate caught my eye.  What, I wondered, would happen if I tried to make a chocolate spice cake?  This is the result!   The cake is delicate and moist, and it stays moist for a...

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Crunchy Baked Chicken with Orzo in White Wine Sauce

I love easy meals that look and taste like a million bucks. I can make this meal in thirty minutes or less, it tastes great, and it is nice enough for weeknight guests. Bonus! During the week I refuse to fry, so when I want something super crunchy I turn to my oven and panko bread crumbs. The Japanese deserve an award for creating these super-versatile crumbs.  Not only do they add terrific crunch, they brown beautifully and make the...

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Baked Sopes with Skirt Steak and Black Beans

Living so close to the Mexican border you would think you would get more authentic Mexican food, but we really don’t.  We get a lot of really yummy Tex-Mex, the fusion of Mexican flavors with Southwestern ingredients and traditional cowboy cooking methods. There are times, however, when I crave the food of Mexico.  In particular the fried corn cakes called sopes.  The traditional method for making these involves, as I understand...

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Fresh Pasta – Mushroom Ricotta Ravioli

I had often wondered how hard fresh, homemade, pasta would be to prepare.  In my mind I imagined that it would be an all day process.  I was wrong.   That said, I did use a pasta roller to roll the pasta into sheets.  That made the process SO easy.  If you have to roll out by hand then I would prepare for extra work and a longer prep time.   If you can afford a pasta roller, or the pasta roller attachment for the Kitchen-Aid mixer,...

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Bolognese Sauce

I am not a very patient person.  When I want something, I kind of want it now.  That can be a problem when what I want is bolognese sauce.    The trick to good bolognese is to take your time with each step, letting things get brown or simmer completely before moving on to the next step.  Remember, whenever you add something to your pan you are developing flavor.  Don’t let that flavor pass you by, cook it to its full potential....

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