Monthly Archives: February 2017

Gobi Manchurian

This is such a cool recipe!  It took me a while to find out how to make it and this recipe nails it.  I have well documented photos because I always want to remember this recipe.  It comes from Saveur Magazine.  I first tasted this at an Indian/Chinese restaurant in Washington DC and loved it!  It is not that hard…

Tres Leches de Ron con Chocolate

INGREDIENTS For the cake: Butter, for coating the pans 3/4 cup water 2 teaspoons instant coffee crystals 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably Dutch process 1 3/4 cups cake flour, plus more for dusting the pans 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon plus 1 pinch fine salt 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar 5 large egg yolks…

Roasted Beet Marcona Almond Salad

INGREDIENTS 2 1/2 pounds medium red or golden beets, scrubbed and trimmed 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon light corn syrup Salt Pinch of cayenne pepper 1 cup marcona almonds (I used Trader Joes with rosemary, so good!) 1/2 cup fresh tangerine juice 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar 1 tablespoon…

Frosted Valentine Cookies – Tanner Family Recipe

I visited my friend Diane for Sundance this year in Park City.  During my visit, Diane told me how she made her daughter a book with her famous family recipes and this one sounded really good!  I decided to try it out for Valentine’s Day.  They were a hit!  The only change I made was that I added some natural…

Roasted Zucchini with Tomato, Garlic and Herbs de Provence

This came from an old “Cooking Club”.  Cindy Pereira made this and I really like the cool shape and simple preparation and great flavors.  I included it in a few past Thanksgiving meals and resurrected it this last Thanksgiving. Directions: Take each zucchini and slice through 3 or 4 times without cutting the stem.  Insert a sliver of sliced garlic…

Mushroom Cups East

This is an old old recipe I made at least 20 years ago and it seemed retro back then!  I made these to share with our friends Mark and Anne in Laguna.  We enjoyed ourselves outside last September around their firepit in their lush backyard with pomegranate gin and tonics and other yummy hors d’oeuvres.  It was a fun night…

Gluten Free Pancakes – Citrus Trio with Blueberries & Raspberries

This is an adaptation of lemon poppyseed pancakes from PaleOMG that I got from Cathy Ostergar.  I made a few changes to the recipe and loved the result! Ingredients 3 eggs, whisked 1 coconut Chobani like yogurt container about 1/2 cup 1/4 cup almond milk 1 tablespoon raw honey 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract zest of 1…

French’s Bakery Carmelized Onion Cheese Poppyseed Rolls

I cheated on Thanksgiving and bought Bridgeford frozen bread dough rolls.  I love homemade rolls for a special meal but it seems like the kitchen is covered in flour along with the rest of the mess when you sit down to eat and it bugs me.  The frozen ones just sat on the counter all day and turned out pretty…

Croquembouche – Henry’s 15th Birthday

Henry always appreciates an ambitious project for his birthday.  His 13th birthday had 4 colors of cake in a tower.  14th birthday was a decadent Snickers cake.  15th birthday needed to be equally special so I decided on a croquembouche.  It was pretty cool and Henry was impressed. I read so many recipes from the internet.  I can’t remember exactly…