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September 2012

This recipe uses slow cooker, which always minimizes the mess in the kitchen and for that, I love my slow cooker.  This is one of the easiest recipes ever and also one of the best whole chicken dishes I have had in my life. What makes this chicken recipe so special is that when chicken, […] Read More

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Petite plum tarts (tartlets)

I want to warn you right away - this is a very rich dessert! Not surprisingly why - goat cheese whipped together with heavy cream and sugar! I think plums are way overlooked and underused as ingredient.  So, to rectify this situation, I made a plum tart dessert.  I love plums as a fruit that's […] Read More

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Egg and Cheese Quiche Tart with Tomatoes

This egg tart makes an amazing Sunday morning breakfast and is easy to make, if you prepared the tart shell in advance (a day before).   It also makes a great presentation.  The tart shell is super crumbly and melts in your mouth.  This is one of my most favorite breakfasts.  I highly recommend you to […] Read More

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Cherry pie bars

This is just a simple pie, but there are a lot of memories attached to it.  When my twin sister and I were little, we would spend every summer vacation at our grandparents' house, away from the city noise.  The house had a wonderful garden with lots of fruit trees: apples, cherries, and many kinds […] Read More

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Pistachio crusted rack of lamb

I had a single old rack of lamb (only 8 skinny ribs in total) laying in my freezer for over a year. Each time I wanted to cook it, my husband would object: "let's save it for the special occasion, when we have guests". Whenever we had guests, I would look at that lonely rack […] Read More

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Arugula salad with beets and Gorgonzola cheese

This is a truly incredible salad combining quite a variety of flavors on one plate: beets, oranges, pecans, Gorgonzola cheese, arugula.  Give it a try! It's not at all dominated by beets: all ingredients are well-balanced.  I like to put quite a lot of beets in there, but you can get away with as few […] Read More

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This bread pudding recipe is a favorite in my family.   It is a little more sophisticated version of a regular bread pudding, and what makes it so is adding white chocolate to the bread pudding and Creme de Cacao liqueur to the cream sauce. White chocolate bread pudding with cream sauce - made with […] Read More

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How to make savory tart crust from scratch

How to make savory tart crust dough

This tart dough recipe produces an incredibly flaky crust, which you can use with endless savory fillings (as opposed to sweet) to fill your 9.5 inch tart pan. Basic savory tart crust 9.5 inch tart pan Prep time: 40 min Bake time: 40 min Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 9 tablespoons cold […] Read More

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Pumpkin (Butternut squash) turnovers recipe

My mom used to make pumpkin or butternut squash turnovers when I was a child, and I always loved their sweet peppery taste. It's been more than 10 years since I ate these last time, so I finally decided to make them again, using puff pastry. Butternut Squash Turnovers Recipe Prep time: 60 min Bake […] Read More

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How to make tart crust for 6 tartlets

How to make sweet tart crust dough, recipe, for 6 small tartlets

This is a basic sweet tart dough recipe, adapted from the cover for the tartlet molds I purchased at Williams-Sonoma. It makes a great flaky sweet crust for 6 small tartlets, which are 3 inches diameter each. It's a great way to make individual fruit desserts or small savory appetizers. This recipe will also work […] Read More

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Lobster pasta in a creamy sauce

Did you know that lobsters mate for life? And that you can actually see lobster "couples" walking around, holding each other's claws? That's something I learned from watching TV the other day, right after I made a wonderful pasta dish with 2 lobster tails. For a moment I had double thoughts about eating my lobster […] Read More

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