Fruit Caponata

A while back I wrote a post on a young man who is a spice expert. His name is Lior Lev Sercarz, and he opened a spice store called La Boîte in New York City in 2007. I titled the blog post The Spice Companion, because that is the name of his first book, published

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Crêpes

I’ve had a love affair with crêpes since I was a little girl, which is when I learned how to make them. I would make a “stack,” sprinkle a little white sugar on them, and eat them just like that for breakfast. My first introduction to crêpes was when my mother made Crêpes Suzette. My

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Strawberry Vanilla Neufchâtel

A while back I posted on making your own Chocolate Neufchâtel – a chocolate cream cheese spread. My initial reason for making the chocolate version from scratch many years ago was because the chocolate neufchatel I purchased once was terribly expensive. I haven’t seen it around anymore, although I spotted a variety on IGourmet.com this

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Sautéed Apple Slices

These apple slices were sautéed to top a savory dish, namely the chicken breasts served with a bacon cream sauce I made yesterday, shown in the photo above. Sautéed apples aren’t something you have to have in your repertoire, but once you learn this simple technique, you’ll be amazed at how often you’ll be tempted

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Christmas Logs

This recipe is from Charlie’s blog called Hotly Spiced. I’ve been saving it for a year or so, and finally decided to make these sweets, originally called Mum’s Christmas Whiskey Logs. And if you haven’t become a fan of Australian Charlie and her blog, you need to. She’s very funny, and a great storyteller. She

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Bagels di Ricotta

I posted a while back on Bruschetta di Ricotta, savory crostini topped with ricotta and baked, I wanted to do something similar that would be an option for breakfast. Or maybe even dessert, depending on your tastes. So at the same time I was baking my sliced French bread for crostini, I opened up a

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