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Archive for June, 2009

When I write about a recipe that isn’t really a recipe, I get very self-conscious.  Sort of how I feel about why anyone would you want to read the footnotes.  If it’s not important enough to make it in the text, why add it at all?  I’m guilty of this.  Whenever a book has a quote after the […]

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I’ve been off the grid for a couple of days while I made my way out to the mountains.  20 hour car ride with 2 preschoolers means I’ve been eating pretty terribly.  I think a stop at Applebee’s was the highlight of my culinary experiences en route.  And that’s really not saying very much.  But […]

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It’s hard to write about something when it didn’t turn out quite perfectly.  It’s hard not to get caught up in the what should have beens and the what could have beens and what ifs.  But first and foremost, I started this blog as a diary for my personal cooking adventures.  So when I came […]

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A few months ago we had dinner at a restaurant here in Dallas called The Porch.  Our friends ordered the fried cheese appetizer.  I am all about fried cheese, any time, any place, any cheese.  But this was truly exceptional.  We all agreed, and I vowed to attempt a home re-creation.  The menu lists the […]

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This post will wrap up the party food and I’ll be back to our regularly featured programming.  I have an exciting plan to recreate an appetizer I had at The Porch Restaurant tomorrow, so tune back in for that. The end of the party preparation had me totally feeling like the Iron Chef.  There was […]

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This recipe comes from from the Barefoot Contessa Parties! Cookbook.  If you like to throw parties or even if you just like to occasionally cook for a few extra people, you need this cookbook.  It is fabulous start to finish.  You also need Williams-Sonoma’s Complete Entertaining Cookbook.  Good Lord!  If you follow that link, Amazon […]

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If you eat beef, it would be borderline insanity not to love beef tenderloin sandwiches.  Tenderloin, though expensive, is such a great cut of meat, it’s almost impossible to mess up.  Lots of people marinate them and otherwise season, I go for utter simplicity in my tenderloin and let the meat show its unparalleled flavor. […]

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Planning to feed a large number of people can be daunting, but to me it’s the epitome of the culinary Olympics.  Athletes not only are driven to strive towards the ultimate challenge, but they also get an amazing rush from the event and the preparation leading just up to the event.  It’s the butterflies in the […]

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I’m making a conscious effort not to waste as much food.  Both for environmentaland financial reasons.  And because it’s so, you know, wasteful.  I have a realproblem of buying some specific ingredient then only using a portion and the rest goes to waste as I fail to incorporate it into another recipe.  Like that partial […]

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Last week I had a sweeping intervention of good luck and was both relieved and joyous about my good karma.  This week the universe is taking it all back with a vengance.  Almost every task I’ve gone to do this week has proven more difficult than reasonable and often doomed to failure.  I won’t bother […]

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