Creamy Beet Potato Gratin

The combination of beets and potatoes have been a favorite ever since I had a creamy potato salad with beets in the Cayman Islands. I recreated this salad in a post last year. This gratin shows off beets and potatoes both, baked in cream with cheese and a little rosemary. I think this would be

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Chicken Biryani

When I first made biryani a million years ago, or so it seems, it was a fun dish for me because it was a perfect vehicle for leftovers – leftover rice, leftover chicken, even a leftover curry. But one can also make it purposefully from scratch, creating a custom version of what you like. Biryani

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Fluffy Chocolate Mousse

While growing up in my mother’s house, I was familiar with two varieties of chocolate mousse. One, made with butter, is dense and almost fudge-like. This is the other recipe – a fluffier, almost meringue-textured mousse. I always thought I preferred the dense version, made with lovely dark chocolate, until I recently made this one.

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Rosey Harissa Chicken

Susan Spungen is a name you might not recognize, although she’s been everywhere. She published her 3rd book, Open Kitchen, in 2020. It’s a cookbook of “inspired food for casual gatherings.” That’s exactly what I enjoy! So, if you aren’t aware of who Ms. Spungen is, here is Amazon’s summary of her accomplishments: Susan Spungen

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Torta di Pomodoro

During the summer, I was showing a friend the four tomato pies I have on my blog, after discussing tomatoes growing profusely in her garden. Lucky her! I shared my recipe for Mimi’s Tomato Pie, and my Rustic Tomato Galette, and Chef JP’s Tomato Pie. I guess I love tomato pies! But the fourth blog

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Colcannon with Crispy Leeks

Traditional Irish colcannon is a comforting and delicious potato mash that includes cabbage and green onions. There are many variations, however. This recipe takes basic colcannon, and modernizes it with some cream, more butter, and crispy leeks. According to Melissa Clark, from New York Times Cooking: “The fried leeks aren’t traditional: Usually, the alliums are

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Semifreddo

Semi freddo means half frozen in Italian. It’s a pretty good description of this dessert, which lives in the freezer, but gets soft within a few minutes at room temperature. It’s not ice cream. It’s a sabayon folded into whipped cream, then frozen. I’ve actually made this dessert three times before. Horrors. I know. I

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Raclette

Raclette is not only the name of one of my favorite cheeses, but it is also a way to eat. I should say it could be a way to live, because if I could get away with it, I’d eat this way every day! My family and I took an extended trip through Eastern France

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A Festive Baked Brie

I happen to love baked brie. I’ve discovered since joining the blogging world, however, that there are those who don’t. Personally, I feel like these people are missing out. But, like with all food, taste is subjective, and no one need be forced to eat baked brie or anything else he or she doesn’t love,

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Arancini

Deep frying isn’t something I do routinely, but I’ve always wanted to make arancini, as well as deep-fried Spanish olives. Because of that, I purchased a small electric deep fryer many moons ago. I finally made arancini; the olives are next. Arancini are savory Sicilian snacks, made from a little ball of risotto, sometimes filled

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