Poached Chicken

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Dungeness Crab Cakes

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Holland America Cooking Class Dungeness Crab Cakes with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce Marinated Cucumbers This page has been repeated three times, for each of the above recipes. This is a 45 minute video of a cooking class given aboard the Holland America MS Rotterdam on our way back from Spain. Read more »

Healthy Alfredo Sauce

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This is a really easy recipe, and you will get restaurant quality Alfredo sauce. INGREDIENTS 2 TBL butter 2 cloves garlic – minced 2 TBL AP flour 1 C milk 1/2 C light sour cream (optional) STEP BY STEP Melt the butter in a sauce pan Add Read more »

Scratch Marinara

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INGREDIENTS 8 Roma Tomatoes 1 Small sweet onion – diced 1/2 C Red wine 1/2 C chicken, vegetable or beef stock. 3 cloves of garlic – minced 2 TBL EVOO – whisked in to emulsify 1 TBL Basil 1 TBL Oregano 1 tsp Thyme 1 tsp Rosemary 1 bay Read more »

Heirloom Tomato Snack

by May 4, 2016 » Add the first comment.

INGREDIENTS One heirloom tomato per person EVOO Salt and pepper Brown sugar STEP BY STEP Cut your tomato into nice thick slices Drizzle with EVOO Sprinkle with salt and pepper Sprinkle with brown sugar Bake at 400º for about 5 minutes TAKE IT ONE STEP FURTHER Read more »

Tips: Substitutions

by May 2, 2016 » Add the first comment.

If you don’t have a needed ingredient, there are usually options. Butter Replace half the amount of butter in your recipe with applesauce; if the recipe calls for one cup of butter, use half a cup of butter and half a cup of applesauce. If you don’t mind a Read more »

Swiss Meringue Buttercreme

by April 29, 2016 » Add the first comment.

INGREDIENTS 5 large egg whites 1 C granulated sugar 4 sticks salted butter – room temperature 1-1/2 tsp vanilla STEP BY STEP Combine egg whites, sugar, and salt in the heatproof bowl of a standing mixer set over a pan of simmering water. Whisk constantly by hand Read more »

Swiss Meringue Buttercreme Filled Cupcakes

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Makes about 24 INGREDIENTS for BATTER 1-1/2 C AP flour 1 tsp baking powder 2 sticks of butter 1-3/4 C granulated sugar 1 egg 2 tsp vanilla 1-1/4 C whole milk STEP BY STEP Preheat oven to 350º Sift together flour and baking powder and set aside Read more »

Easy Apple Strudel

by April 27, 2016 » Add the first comment.

INGREDIENTS Commercial Puff Pastry, or Strudel Pastry 3 Baking Apples – Granny or Honeycrisp – cored but with skin still on – sliced very very thin or grated 1 TBL Cinnamon 2 TBL Butter 1/2 C Sugar – Turbinado sugar is pretty, but not required STEP BY STEP Read more »

Lemon Tart

by April 26, 2016 » Add the first comment.

Also called buerre noiset, brown butter has a subtle nuttiness and enhances some recipes.  If you go too far, you get buerre noir, which is black butter. One of the important points is that the milk solids are used.  When making clarified butter the clear solution is poured off, and Read more »

Brown Butter

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Also called buerre noiset, brown butter has a subtle nuttiness and enhances some recipes.  If you go too far, you get buerre noir, which is black butter. One of the important points is that the milk solids are used.  When making clarified butter the clear solution is poured off, and Read more »

Pickled Onions

by April 25, 2016 » Add the first comment.

INGREDIENTS 1/2 C water 1/2 C ice water 1 tablespoon sugar 1-1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced STEP BY STEP Heat water in microwave for 60 seconds Whisk in sugar and salt creating a brine Add vinegar to the Read more »

Fruitcake

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Mrs Maus’ Fruitcake 1 LB butter candied orange peel candied citroen golden raisins candied lemon peel sour cherries sulfured aricots x x x x 2 LB walnuts – chopped 2 LB pecans – chopped to batter add 2 C granulated sugar 12 eggs one at 1/2 C unsulfured molasses x Read more »

Mini French Toast Medallions

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If you eat at Olive Garden, you know that you receive an unlimited supply of breadsticks. Take them home and you will have a great breakfast surprise. INGREDIENTS for preparing two breadsticks Take-home left over breadsticks One egg 2-3 TBL buttermilk (or whole milk) 2-3 TBL of melted butter Read more »

Judy’s Counter Kraut

by April 24, 2016 » Add the first comment.

Juy’s Counter Kraut Cabbage (sliced thin) sea salt 1. Shave cabbage thin. Discard hard core. 2. Pack tightly into glass jar sprinkling 1 tsp with each handfull (approx 2 TBL per quart jar) 3. Add distilled water to cover 4. Place lid on loosely. 5. Stand jars in tray (or Read more »

INTRO: Spices Demystified

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It is quality more than quantity that matters in a spice cupboard. You should be able to consolidate your needed spices to no more than twenty. At least once a year, take the money that you might spend on a nice meal and replenish your spices. Pass Read more »

Tips on Using Spices

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Good advice on spices 1. Use fewer ingredients. If you want more acidity use vinegar or lemon juice but not both. To create a briny taste use anchovies or capers but not both. 2. As ingredients cook, they become “tamed.” If you want (for example) a strong garlic taste, add Read more »

Baking Soda vs Baking Powder

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Baking soda is Calcium Bicarbonate, and is alkaline.  It requires an acid such as buttermilk, lemon or vinegar to produce Carbon Dioxide.  This is a stable chemical compound, so there is no need to replace it except every couple of years, and that is only because baking soda tends Read more »

Salt and Pepper

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Salt and Pepper 1. SALT – Always use Sea Salt, not “the stuff in the round blue box” 2. PEPPER – Avoid ground or crushed black pepper because it gets stale. Buy peppercorns and (Peugeot) peppermill. Replace peppercorns about every 6 months. Sauces like ketchup and A-1 Sauce are great Read more »

Rhubarb Personal Pies

by April 23, 2016 » Add the first comment.

INGREDIENTS 2 cups chopped rhubarb 2/3 cups white sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 tsp tablespoon butter Puff pastry for the crust STEP BY STEP Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Combine sugar and flour. Sprinkle 1/4 C of it over pastry in pie plate. Cut rhubarb Read more »

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