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Pear-Caramel Ice Cream from The Perfect Scoop (by David Lebovitz) – Recipe and Cookbook Review

Pear-caramel ice cream from

I bought The Perfect Scoop, only a few months after I started blogging, back in the fall of 2007. David Lebovitz was already well established as a food blogger, living in Paris. The idea that a blogger could launch a book was pretty amazing to me. Of course, I later realized …

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Savory Churros and Morel “Hot Chocolate” – Recipe plus an Invite To Dinner

This is one of the dishes I’m working on for my next “underground” dinner party. Cafe Flora (where I previously interned) has graciously agreed to host this time. The menu I’m working on will be Spanish, with both traditional and modern elements. (If you are interested in attending the dinner on Tue. 1/27, there might …

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How To Make Crispy, Delicious Latkes (Jewish Potato Pancakes, Traditional for Hanukkah) – Recipe

Hannukah Latkes

Now that’s a crispy latke!

Let me apologize immediately for the poor photography, but I have a very good excuse. An all-out hanukkah latke binge is something I look forward to every year. I wanted to get myself on the outside of those latkes immediately, and you should actually be amazed that I stopped to take a …

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Potatoes with Alioli – Ultra Garlicky Spanish Mayonnaise

Potatoes and alioli

Garlic, garlic and more garlic. Eat this before an episode of True Blood and you’ll sleep better. But maybe don’t serve it on a first date.

is a close Spanish cousin to the French . It is a simple home-made mayonnaise which comes together in just a few minutes. You can serve …

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Challah French Toast Bread Pudding Goodness – Recipe

Challah French toast bread pudding

We’ve been more regular about celebrating Shabbat on Friday nights over the past year. My Friiday night menus rarely really go with challah though, so we often end up most of a loaf left over. This is no cause for sadness though, because challah (along with its …

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Persimmon, Parsley and Olive Salad – Recipe

Salad of parsley, persimmon and black olives

Persimmons are excellent right now. I was casting about for something refreshing and vaguely Spanish to serve with this rich dish of fideos, and hit on the idea of using persimmons in a salad that I usually make with blood oranges later in the winter.

The two common varieties …

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Paella Cakes with Manchego and Candied Seville Orange Peel – Recipe

Paella Cakes with Manchego and Candied Seville Orange Peel

I made these paella cakes as the vegetarian entree for our big family Thanksgiving, and they were… fine. They didn’t hold up so well to reheating, and I didn’t have all of the flavor components in place. I had some of the rice left at home and …

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