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Chevre with Sauteed Grapes and Fresh Herbs – Recipe

Chevre with Sauteed Grapes and Fresh Herbs

I love this appetizer because it comes together in minutes, tastes amazing, and the sauteed grapes provide an element of surprise and pleasure. It is a riff on a popular dish from Seattle's Osteria La Spiga, where they do it with Toma cheese wrapped in grape leaves. …

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Bocoles (Masa and Black Bean Cakes) with Spicy Yams – Recipe

 

Bocoloes are little pan-fried cake of masa and mashed black beans, typically served as an (appetizer). I learned about them from Diana Kennedy's magnificient My Mexico and thought that I could replace the pork filling with yams, increase the portion, and make an unusual and delicious vegetarian entree.

The cakes came out great; they …

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Fresh Fettuccine with Ricotta, Spring Onions and Fried Duck Egg – Recipe

This is just pure decadence. Fresh basil fettuccine, creamy ricotta, crispy fried spring onions and a fried duck egg on top. The egg yolk creates a rich sauce for the noodles.. The only thing that would have made it more over-the-top is if I had some black truffle to shave on it.

This dish came about …

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Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette – The Simplest and Best Salad Dressing – Recipe

I’ve never understood why people buy salad dressing, when an infinitely more delicious, fresher, healthier homemade vinaigrette is only 30 seconds away.

I make variations of vinaigrette all the time, but today I want to share with you my absolute favorite, the one I return to at least once a week. I use lemon juice instead …

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Goat Cheese, Asparagus and Beet Salad with Herb Flowers – Recipe

I’ve been inspired by Linda’s use of edible flowers, and I realized that I have both chive and rosemary blossoms in my garden right now. The chive flowers are those purple puffballs, with an oniony flavor similar to the familiar herb. The rosemary petals are much smaller, and lighter purple but if you look closely …

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Dutch Baby With Sauteed Apples (Giant Oven-Baked Pancakes) – Recipe

I happened to see Allen of Eating Out Loud’s post on Dutch Babies the other day, and I was reminded that my wife, Sarina, had fond childhood memories of them. I’d never had one before, but the recipe looked easy enough that I could pull it off while watching the kids so we could surprise …

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Golden Beet Tartare (Ok, Really, Diced Beet Salad) – Recipe

Wait! Wait! If you think you hate beets, don't surf away yet.

I love beets. I would eat them on a boat, I would eat them with a goat. I would eat them in the rain, or in the dark or on a train.

If your only experience is with canned beets, you haven't …

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