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Yuzu Lemons

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There are several varieties of citrus that really are incredible: Yuzu lemon is one that I really love.  Yuzu is the distinguishing citrus note in one of my favorite Japanese condiments, Ponzu, a soy sauce with some rice vinegar and yuzu lemon juice.  The taste of yuzu is tart and tangy, almost like a Mandarin orange but […]

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Best Ever Citrus Cake

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My dog-eared copy of Patricia Well‘s Bistro Cooking is broken in the spine at the page for her near perfect Gateau au Citron. I’ve made this cake so many times I shouldn’t have to look at the recipe, but it’s there, like a nice security blanket, reassuring me with all the adaptations I’ve made through […]

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Jam Filled Shortbread

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Every once in a while I come across a recipe that simply amazes me. This recipe for Hungarian Shortbread is so delicious and simple, yet impressive. There are several recipes on the internet for this type of cookie, but I think this one is the best. You will need a 10-inch round spring form pan […]

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Almost White Chili -Perfect for Cold Winter Nights

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It’s no secret that I am slightly addicted to Pinterest.  It really allows me to use the web very efficiently. The dozen of cookbooks on my shelves are marginally ignored as I have been testing recipes found on Pinterest and adapting them to my tastes at a much more rapid rate. That said, the cookbooks do […]

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Lemon Risotto

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My sister-in-law, Julienne, made a lovely lemony risotto this summer.The combination of Parmesan, lemon and tender rice is a wonderful accompaniment to a humble roast chicken or it can be elevated with pan roasted fish or shellfish. If there are any leftovers, they make great risotto cakes. For Meatless Monday, you could easily make this […]

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Green Posole Stoup

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If you like corn tortillas or grits then you will likely adore posole. Posole is the pre-Hispanic name for what we know as hominy – which is derived from an Native American word for “prepared maize”. Posole is also known as a stew which can feature chicken or meat, commonly pork. I love hominy. Usually […]

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One Pot Lasagne with Malfadine Pasta

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There are many ways to make lasagna. By far my new favorite is made with Malfadine (or maflade) noodles and it isn’t layered. This recipe makes lasagne doable on a weeknight. Mafladine isn’t easy to find so I ordered mine on Amazon. These short malfindi pictured would be perfect but I have yet to find […]

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Harira – Hearty Meat Soup

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Our most recent April snow storm left me dreaming of harira, a wonderful dish of Moroccan origin often eaten during Ramadan. While we desperately need the moisture, these storms are a drag on the perennial hope for spring and summer. This recipe helps to shake off the last legs of winter and welcomes the warmer […]

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Growing and Cooking Tomatillos plus two Salsa Recipes

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Now that we have rounded the corner to spring (please, oh please!), it is time to start planning the garden. Growing tomatillos is really easy and rewarding. They are very hardy, productive plants  and I’ve been able to  harvest fruits even after several frosts. The “lanterns” are magical, making for a beautiful addition to your garden. […]

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One Pot Dinner: Ropa Vieja

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This dish which originates from Cuba literally translated means “old clothes” which refers to the texture of the meat. This is one of my favorite slow cooker recipes. It can easily be made on the stove as well. Cuban food isn’t spicy but it’s very savory. Sometimes I add just a 1/4 cup high quality […]

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