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Fig Brulee with Balsamic Vinegar

I have to make this every year when fresh figs appear. If you have a blowtorch, it takes all of 30 seconds, looks really cool, and tastes great. Also delicious served over vanilla ice cream.

Fig Brulee with Balsamic Vinegar

2 ripe fresh figs
2 t. white sugar
1 t. fine aged balsamic vinegar

Cut the figs in half lengthwise. …

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MaSeCa Calendar Photo Shoot (Just For Fun)

A few weeks ago, out of the blue, Cristina from MaSeCa emailed me to see if I wanted to be in their 2011 calendar. I use MaSeCa’s masa harina a lot, for everything from tamales to pupusas, so I said yes figuring it would be good fun. So some day next year you might walk …

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Dinner For One, My Take

Almost Vegetarian has a fun thread going right now about Dinner For One. I have a great affinity for those secret favorites, the ones you would probably never serve to company but can be so satisfying when you have no one to please but yourself. For example, here is one …

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Flaky Biscuits!

You've got your tender biscuit people and your flaky biscuit people. I'm most definitely a flaky guy. Wait a minute, that doesn't sound right. Anyhow, there was an unbelievable biscuit recipe in the May 2007 issue (#85) of Fine Cooking magazine. I don't want to reproduce their recipe here since it is copyrighted, but I …

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Heirloom Caprese and a Grilled Zucchini and Tofu

I don’t think anyone needs a recipe for these, just use your best olive oil for the caprese and your best balsamic and parmesan for the zucchini and tofu. I really need plain white plates for these to look right. The caprese was inspired by that beautiful tomato, and I realized a good if obvious …

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Grilled Peaches with Ras Al Hanout and Ginger Beer Reduction

This sounds fancy but is actually a slam dunk to make, especially if you use a packaged spice mixture. The combination of sweet, pungent and spicy is pretty addictive. You could serve it as an appetizer or as part of a light dinner with a salad or a meze. It seems like it would enjoy …

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Making Mozarella at Home

I’ve made ricotta and yogurt cheese a few times at home, but I’ve never tried to do anything that involved (vegetable) rennet before. I had read that mozzarella was fairly tractable, so I figured I’d give it a shot. Casting about google for recipes turned up New England Cheesemaking Supply which sells rennet, citric acid …

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