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Sun-Dried Tomato and Pesto Loaf with Toasted Pine Nuts

During the holiday season we are always thankful for the versatility of cream cheese… and the standard in our kitchen remains Kraft’s Philadelphia Original.  For the best taste, texture and foundation for many great recipes it simply cannot be beaten!  Dayton refined this recipe for a delicious appetizer spread from one to which he had been […]

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Garden Frittata Appetizer on Sun-dried Tomato Baguette Crisps

One can never have enough ideas for appetizers during the holiday season, whether they be quick and easy or fussy and elegant… I like both!  My criteria for the perfect appetizer… it must be attractive and, of course, delicious!  Ease of preparation is the key to this very simple and tasty appetizer.  All it takes is […]

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Rustic Country Pates with Pork, Veal and Venison

We quote David Tanis, a cookbook author who is head chef at Chez Panisse in Berkeley six months of the year, spending the remaining six months in Paris where he cooks and entertains out of a tiny galley kitchen:  “… you’ll find that I have a lot to say about dishes that call for that […]

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Indian Style Pates with Spicy Tomato Chutney

 Indian Style Poultry Pâté with Spicy Tomato Chutney Veal and Pork Pâté with Spicy Tomato Chutney   What is pâté?  What generally comes to mind when people first think of pâté is expensive duck liver or chopped liver.  Both are indeed correct but pâté is not limited to poultry.  Pâté is simply a mixture of […]

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Smoked Salmon and Caramelized Garlic Spread with Crisp Bagel Rounds

Deciding on an appetizer for an event, whether it be a large group of people or a small intimate gathering, can sometimes be a daunting challenge, especially if the fridge is already bursting at the seams laden with fare to feed a hungry group of diners at the table.  We recently encountered such a situation.  […]

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Salmon Cakes with Lemon and Fresh Dill

We love salmon… period!  One indulgent dining out lunch to which we always look forward is a seasonal trek to Skates by the Bay, a local restaurant perched like a seagull on pilings out over the San Francisco Bay in Berkeley.  For a very short period of time, mid-May to mid-June only, Copper River salmon is on […]

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