Tag Archives: Creme Fraiche

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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Sweet and Sour Butternut Squash

The traditional Thanksgiving turkey received the equivalent of a Presidential pardon at our house this year!  As we contemplated the menu for this year’s Foodie High Holy Day we chose to do something completely new to both of us as far as preparation and cooking are concerned.  One of our guests for the day of feasting […]

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Buttered Rum Baked Apples

This past Sunday afternoon we received a call from a dear friend of ours who invited us to join her and her husband for a late Monday morning brunch in Mill Valley.  We could, of course, not go empty handed!  What would be a quick, easy and delicious dessert that could be prepared with a minimum of effort?  […]

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Oven Roasted Balsamic Rosemary Chicken with Pancetta

Balsamic vinegar holds a place of high regard in our kitchen and is a condiment that has been associated with a myriad of superstitions, legends and politics.  In Medieval times balsamic vinegar was valued for its healing properties.  The name is a derivation of the word balm which in turn is derived from balsamum, a […]

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Two Potato Pot Roast

There are times when the simplest of meals can be the most satisfying as well as the most delicious.  One such meal is good ol’ fashioned pot roast… and that for several reasons.  First of all, there is nothing more fragrant than a beautiful piece of chuck roasting to fork-tender perfection.  Secondly, the left-overs are […]

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Sweet Potato Encrusted Sole with Fresh Lime and Caramelized Onion Dressed Greens

A wide variety of fruits of the sea have passed through our kitchen.  Salmon has been poached in fragrant liquids and grilled over hot coals.  Scallops have made their way to service via searing skillets and baking dishes filled with bubbling sauces hot out of the oven.  Oysters have been lovingly tended over a hot […]

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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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Moroccan Lamb Stew

World War II had engulfed Europe, reaching all the way to Rick Blaine’s Cafe Americaine in French-held Morocco.  The Nazis had overrun France and were heading into its unoccupied possessions in Africa with many people trying to escape by way of Casablanca.  Casablanca, a cinematic masterpiece that has stood the test of time, is not only […]

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Pork Stew Normandy

  Normandy is a region rich in gastronomic tradition.  Its coastline stretches nearly 360 miles from the town of Dieppe to the majestic Mont St. Michel.  The sea provides a rich harvest for the fisherman who earn their living along this bountiful coast.  Fish and seafood are of superior quality in Normandy and superb seafood […]

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Pan Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Seckel Pears, Collard Greens and Stilton, Napped with Port and Fresh Orange Sauce

The air was especially crisp as we walked briskly down the cobblestone streets of Maastricht, The Netherlands.  The chill in the night air, however, was particularly refreshing and invigorating after a long day of teaching and instruction in a warm meeting room at the university.  As my business colleague and I wound our way to the […]

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