Archive | January, 2010

Chinese Chicken Salad

Last night’s dinner was defined by leftovers tucked away in the recesses of the fridge.  A recent meal of Rotisserie Lemon-Garlic Chicken was the inspiration for a quick and easy Chinese chicken salad.  A quick perusal of the pantry confirmed that most of the necessary ingredients were at hand… a jar of Lee Kum Kee hoisin sauce, a […]

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Lemon and Garlic Rotisserie Chicken

Our farming community had a lovely and expansive hillside park situated in the southeast corner of town that was resplendent with lush shade trees that provided a verdant canopy for all social events that were enjoyed there during the spring and summer months.  On top of a hill just south of the park stood the stately two story white wooden […]

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Meat Loaf with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

I suspect that meatloaf has been on nearly everyone’s plate at one time or another… it certainly has been on mine.  I suspect, as well, that there are as many variations of meatloaf as there are moms around the world!  Food historians tell us that ground meat has been mixed with bread products, sauces, spices […]

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Poached Salmon with Beurre Blanc Sauce

Nearly ten years ago I was standing on the platform of the East Tsim Sha Tsui railway station in Kowloon waiting to board my train.  It was early morning and I had hailed a taxi to take me from my hotel perched on the edge of Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong to the train station, where […]

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Mango and Marsala Sponge Cake with Mango 7-Minute Meringue

Most people erroneously believe that it was Marie Antoinette, the wife of King Louis XVI and queen of France who uttered on the eve of the French Revolution the words “Let them eat cake!”  She supposedly spoke these words upon hearing that the peasantry had no bread to eat.  Historians have found, however, that there is […]

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Brisket of Beef with Portabella Mushroom and Dried Cherry Sauce

On a chilly winter’s afternoon I can think of nothing more wonderful than the enticing aroma of a brisket slowly braising in the oven to be plattered and presented for a satisfying meal at the end of the day.  Brisket is a versatile and inexpensive boneless cut of meat that can be cooked in many ways.  Since it […]

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Buche de Noel

Today, the 6th of January, marks the 12th day of Christmas.  As we bring this holiday season to a close I thought it appropriate to end it the same way we marked the end of our Christmas Day dinner, namely with a spectacular dessert that joyfully proclaims everything that is traditionally Christmas… a beautiful and luscious Buche de […]

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Succulent Pork Fried Rice

Leftovers can be a daunting challenge at times when it comes to sparking kitchen creativity… and they do have a tendency to cause the fridge to slowly and unassumedly fill and burst at its seams. The recent holiday meals spawned a rather large collection of covered containers to appear almost mysteriously in the confines of our refrigerator, […]

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Tiramisu

For lovers of all things quintessentially Italian it may come as a surprise that tiramisu is a scrumptious dessert with relatively recent origins… and murky ones at that!  Open the pages of an old Italian cookbook in your library and you’ll find no tiramisu there. There is no documented mention of this fine dessert before 1983 […]

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Smoked Pork Loin with Spiced Apple Compote

Christmas Dinner December 25, 2009 2:00 PM Appetizers Prosciutto, Pesto & Fontina Palmiers – Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut – Main Course Smoked Pork Loin with Spiced Apple Compote Gingered Sweet Potatoes Creamed Brussels Sprouts with Pearl Onions & Crisped Pancetta – Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages – Dessert Buche de Noel *****  The final Christmas dinner of […]

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