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Winter Green Dumplings in Shiitake Broth – Now Live At Cafe Flora

Winter Green Dumplings Shiitake Broth

Cafe Flora changes much of the menu seasonally, and every few months any of the employees can put up a dish for evaluation by the management team. I offered this dumpling entree and it just went on the menu a couple of nights ago. This is my first dish on a …

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Recipe: Pie Dough and Ganache Cookie Towers

Let’s consider the problem:

I have a bit of leftover flaky pie crust dough
I really want something chocolatey, but quick
I’m obsessed with circle cutters

Solution:

The cookies above. Recipe: Cut out pie dough with a successive series of cutters, starting at maybe 2.5 inches down to the smallest size you have. Bake til golden brown. Heat up a …

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Recipe: Double Crust Mac and Cheese

Double Crust Mac and Cheese After Baking

Everyone knows that the best part of mac and cheese is the crunchy top, but it took Sally Schneider to do something about it. In The Improvisational Cook, Schneider makes the brilliant suggestion that you split your mac and cheese into two parts, baking half in …

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Recipe: Spicy Chickpea Stew with Roasted Cauliflower

Apartment Therapy recently ran a link to our tip about how to make fluffy couscous. One of the pictures in that story showed a spicy chickpea stew over the couscous, but with no details. Anyhow, folks over there were asking for the recipe, so we put it up over there as a guest post. I …

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Using Dry Ice to Carry Scent – A Culinary Fog

It is a popular device in modern restaurants to serve clouds of perfumed smoke as a way to enhance a dish, adding another layer of sensory experience. Smoke can be produced with a small smoking gun, or expensive paraphenalia, and served to the diner along with the rest of the food under an enclosure. …

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Recipe: Roasted Purple Cauliflower with Sherry Vinaigrette and Fried Capers

Yep, purple cauliflower. We were invited to a somewhat impromptu potluck the other day, and I was going to make an orzo gratin with a saffron cream sauce to use up the pasta from Thanksgiving, but then Sarina told me that the host was making pasta. I got off work at 2:45 and we wanted …

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Recipe: Delicata Squash Stuffed with Orzo in a Sage Brown Butter Sauce

Delicata Squash Stuffed with Orzo in a Sage Brown Butter Sauce

This is the vegetarian entree I brought to our family Thanksgiving celebration at Sarina’s folks’ house. It was based on an early version of an entree that my friend Kit was testing at Cafe Flora. The first time I had a bite of it, it …

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