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Figs and Ricotta – Recipe

I'm really enjoying this theme of using simple but fantastic ingredients and doing almost nothing to them. Much like the shaved summer squash salad of a few weeks ago, these perfectly ripe figs were spectacular with a bare minimum of manipulation. I think I would like to do a whole dinner party where every course …

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Pretzel Ice Cream – Yeah, You Heard Me, It Tastes Like Pretzels – Recipe

My wife ordered vanilla ice cream with pretzel pieces mixed in, and caramel sauce on top, and was enraptured. It made perfect sense; we all know salt and caramel go great together. The pretzels provide the salt along with a beautiful crunch and that warm, toasted flavor.

So I thought, why not go one better? Let’s …

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A Funny Little Cheese Course – Recipe

This was just pure play. I wanted to see if I could do a cheese course that would look like cheesecake, but not be particularly sweet. I landed on a Laura Chenel chevre with a little salty crust and strawberry granita.

A cheese course, like an amuse bouche or a tapa is an opportunity to be …

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Anti-griddle Pudding Pop, Bruleed Mango, Black Sesame Tuile – Recipe

 

This was my dish for the MasterChef auditions that took Seattle by storm last weekend. I guess it must have been ok, it earned me a callback for a second round interview. There were no cooking facilities for the audition, so the judges made allowances if your food was intended to be served …

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Gateau de Crepes with Chocolate Pastry Cream and Dulce De Leche – Recipes

 

Sometimes I read a recipe and it burrows into a corner of my brain, gathers twigs and moss, builds a little nest, and refuses to move out until I make it. That was the case with this Gâteau de Crêpes from Amanda Hesser in the New York Times magazine back in 2005. The …

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Chocolate-Chunk Bread Pudding – Recipe

Chocolate Chunk Bread Pudding

I love to make sweet bread puddings with leftover challah or brioche, because they are already rich. Today’s version is filled with molten chunks of bittersweet chocolate. Let’s just say I find myself eating less challah on Friday night because I’m hoping there will be enough left to make this for dessert the next day.

The …

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Tomato Sushi – Yes, That’s Vegetarian – Recipe

Depending on where you live, great tomatoes are probably coming online right about now. Once you have gorged yourself on an indecent quantity dressed with nothing but olive oil and salt, and the requisite insalata caprese, maybe you’ll be ready to think about manipulating them just a bit more.

One of my favorite games in the …

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