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Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Fresh Rhubarb, Strawberry and Tarragon Sauce

The only thing that is traditional during the holidays when it comes to food is that we know that our traditional  meals are always going to be non-traditional…!  When it was time to give thought to the Thanksgiving dinner coming from our kitchen this year neither roast turkey nor pumpkin pie even crossed our minds… a delicious […]

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Reuben Sandwich Rye Buns

While doing some creative thinking about what to do with the left over corned beef from St. Patrick’s Day I took inspiration from a recipe that Mom has been baking for years.  She introduced us to cabbage pies, or bierocks, more years ago than I can remember.  Bierocks are simply pastries filled with cooked and […]

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Key Lime Semifreddo with Blackberry Coulis

There are two widely held misconceptions regarding the Key lime.  The first is that it is simply a reference to those limes used for making pies… and the second is that it grows only in the Florida Keys.   The journey of the Key lime across the globe is a circuitous one.  It made its way to […]

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Beer, Buttermilk and Caraway Seed Bread

Several years ago the fates had taken me to Cleveland, Ohio, for business and as I walked out into the street from the warmth of the lobby of my downtown hotel I had to pinch myself to make certain that I was not dreaming and had been transported overnight to Dublin, Ireland!  I stood in […]

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Caramelized Fuji Apple Butter

We’ve come to know in modern times that wassailing is the practice of people going door to door and singing Christmas carols… “Here we come a-wassailing among the leaves so green…”  However, a centuries old practice of singing to trees in apple orchards in cider-producing areas of England, such as the West Country, to promote a good […]

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Demi-Glace au Boeuf

Classical French cuisine, spanning the 19th and 20th century up to the birth of nouvelle cuisine, was characteristically defined by its sauces.  Sauces in French cuisine date back to the Middle Ages… and there were hundreds of them in the culinary repertoire.  In the 19th century the chef Antonin Careme classified them into four families, […]

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Nonno Panecaldo’s “Sunday Sauce”… Pasta with Meatballs

  Even though the first official day of winter has yet to arrive the temperatures here in the San Francisco Bay Area these past few days are keen reminders that Old Man Winter is blowing frigid Arctic air down along the length of the Pacific coast, suggesting that we all stay indoors huddled around a warm crackling fire… or snuggled […]

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Pesto a la Genovese

For years I’ve enjoyed those columns so prominent in a variety of food magazines that do a quick interview of famous people and celebrities and ask such questions as What is your favorite food?  What is your favorite restaurant in the world, and why?  If you were able to invite anyone from all of history […]

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Cranberries: Two Delicious Ways to Accompany The Bird

Memories of holiday dinners past float through my mind as we concentrate on the final details of our upcoming Thanksgiving feast.  I think back to those much anticipated meals at Grandpa and Grandma Neve’s home in Walters, a small rural town in southern Minnesota.   As we drove into their driveway late each Thanksgiving morning for the noontime […]

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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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