Recipe: Crostini with Spanish Green Olive Tapenade

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Crostini with Spanish Green Olive Tapenade

This is the second of three crostini toppings I made for our Kavana Men Cook event. This one has straight ahead Spanish flavors with the green olives, orange zest, and smoked paprika. It goes …

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Recipe: Citrus Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette

This is the salad course we did for the Kavana Men Cook event. We used a combination of arugula and mache, two very flavorful greens that have the slight bitterness to combine well with the bright citrus fruit. The blood oranges and grapefruit supremes looked great, and the sharp sherry vinaigrette brought the whole thing …

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Recipe: Crostini with Fromage Forte

Fromage Forte

This is the second recipe in the series of dishes we did at the recent Kavana Men Cook event. I learned it from a Jacques Pepin cookbook ages ago. Fromage Forte of course means "strong cheese", and it is the best way I know to use up all those odds and ends of good …

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What I Learned At Cafe Flora

Friday was my last night at Cafe Flora. And I’m sad. These few months of sabbatical from my engineering job, immersed in food and life in the kitchen, with all my new friends there, has been a really happy time for me.

Since this was an internship, it is only fitting that I try to …

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Recipe: Valentine’s Day Crepes with Chocolate Ganache And Raspberry Compote

Valentine’s Day Crepes with Chocolate Ganache And Raspberry Compote

This is the first of several posts of the dishes I did for the men’s cooking group of Kavana, a cooperative Jewish organization that we have been involved with recently. Eric L., the creator of CellarTracker.com normally leads the group, but he’s down with …

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Recipe: Mexican Matzo Brei or Jewish Chilaquiles?

Mexican Matzo Brei or Jewish Chilaquiles

Matzo Brei is a classic Jewish egg dish, often eaten during Passover when leavened bread is forbidden. (Matza can also be spelled Matzo, Matzoh, or Matzah). Everyone has their own preferred technique. Some like to soak the matza in water first and the drain it, some soak it in the …

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Caramelized Banana and Buttermilk Panna Cotta – Vegetarian Panna Cotta Recipe

Banana Buttermilk Panna Cotta (unmolded)

Panna cotta is a classic Italian dessert, traditionally made from cream and milk set with gelatin, which isn’t vegetarian. The gelatin is what makes it different from flan (set with eggs) or pudding (set with starch and sometimes eggs). The best panna cotta is ultra-creamy and just barely set – it should have a distinct …

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