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Chocolate Eclairs – Recipe

Chocolate eclair

When I asked my wife what I should make for a Valentine's day dessert, there was no hesitation. "Eclairs", said she, and far be it from me to disappoint. For some reason I've never made them before, though I like them very much, so I was excited for the challenge.

My habit when looking …

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Swiss Chard, Onion and Monterey Jack-Filled Vegetarian Enchiladas in a Tomatillo Salsa – Recipe

Swiss Chard, Onion and Monterey Jack Enchiladas in a Tomatillo Salsa

I'm not going to front, these vegetarian enchiladas were really damn good. My brother described them as "firing on all cylinders". I can't take full credit though, they were roughly based on a Rick Bayless recipe, from his terrific Mexican Everyday cookbook. I changed the …

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Boyikos (aka Boyos de Queso) – Sephardic Style Cheese Biscuits – The Greatest Snack with a Martini Ever – Recipe

Boyikos in their natural habitat

Savory, crispy, flaky, cheesy. Boyikos are little cheese biscuits or crackers that every good Sephardic grandmother makes. You should learn how too, because they are quick and easy, and I don’t think a Martini ever had a better companion. Bring these to a potluck and I bet you come home with …

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“Caviar” Lentil Salad with Arugula, Crispy Shallots and Roasted Garlic – Recipe

Black Lentils with Arugula and Crispy Shallots

Kim Davidson from Pacific Northwest Farmers Cooperative is doing amazing work supporting real family farms that are growing non-GMO grains, beans and lentils on the Palouse Prarie. So when he offered to send me a sample of their new crop of “caviar” lentils, grown by PNW Co-op Farmer Ambassador, Jim Hermann, it wasn’t hard to say yes.

Kim asked …

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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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Buckwheat-Buttermilk Pancakes – Recipe

Buckwheat pancakes

Buckwheat pancakes have a place in the American imagination, but rarely at the breakfast table. When you do occasionally find them at restaurants, the percentage of buckwheat flour is so low that you can hardly taste it. Which is a shame, because the warm, toasty, nutty flavor is delicious.

Buckwheat is widely enjoyed in other …

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Vegetarian Lasagna Recipe with Spinach and Ricotta Filling for a Crowd, using No-Boil Noodles

Vegetarian Lasagna Recipe with Spinach and Ricotta Filling

Vegetarian lasagna (aka veggie lasagna) might be a bit of a cliche, but everyone loves it, and it has the great advantages that you can do it ahead for a crowd, and it finishes in the oven, so you can concentrate on your guests.

I make mine without a …

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