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November 2012

I've had a frozen rabbit in my freezer for a long time. It somehow got blocked by other frozen meats, so for a while I forgot that I even had it. Finally, on a freezer clean-up day, I find a pleasant surprise at the very back of the bottom shelf of my freezer: a frozen […] Read More

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Elks

Elks taking a stroll along the road into the woods. There were so many of them, I wish I had my regular camera with a zoom. Instead, I just had my phone, so the photo quality is not the best, I couldn't zoom in close as I wanted to. The elks were not in a […] Read More

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My yesterday's post was about how to make homemade Dulce de Leche from sweetened condensed milk, and today's recipe is one of the ways to use Dulce de Leche in a dessert: in a peach sandwich cookie. I guess with this post I am officially opening the season of holiday baking on my blog! This […] Read More

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I always make my own Dulce de Leche, and it is one of my favorite ingredients to use in dessert recipes. Dulce de Leche is basically a very dense sweetened milk with caramelized sugar. It is usually prepared by heating sweetened condensed milk for many hours until it thickens, and the sugar in the milk […] Read More

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Bacon Quiche Tartlets

I love my Williams-Sonoma 6 mini-tartlet pan, and I can't get enough of it: it's so convenient to bake individually sized little tarts that look so pretty (both sweet and savory). This tart pan makes 6 mini-tarts, 3 inch diameter each. This is the minimum number of tartlets that I will usually bake at any […] Read More

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My favorite pomegranates

I love pomegranate seeds. I love them plain, eating seed by seed as a snack; I love them in my pomegranate martinis. I use them in recipes, and I just plainly love to look at them. Growing up it was my favorite snack when they were in season. My sister and I would usually each […] Read More

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Cherry gelatin

I don't want to post any "heavy" recipes today, the day after Thanksgiving. Yesterday, I've eaten so much of cornish game hens and blueberry pie, I am not even hungry today at 5:00pm. All I want to eat today is something light and not very rich to detox myself after yesterday's feast. For instance, this […] Read More

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Here is what I just cooked 3 hours ago: cornish game hens stuffed with dried-fruit-pecan-fig-apple-prosciutto stuffing, served with green beans and roasted sweet potatoes and apples. NO BIG TURKEY THIS YEAR. Turns out cornish game hens are a great alternative to turkey. In fact, I did not miss turkey at all. I will […] Read More

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I haven't posted a single Thanksgiving-related recipe this season, and what am I posting the night before the Thanksgiving Day? Not a recipe for stuffing, pie, pumpkin soup or potato gratin. No. I am posting a mere salad recipe. A Thanksgiving salad recipe. Who eats salads on Thanksgiving, you might ask? Truth be told, I've […] Read More

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Painting with light

Have you ever tried painting with light?   It's fun, and you can create pretty interesting photos.  I used a very basic, small flash light.      Quite an electrifying look, don't you think […] Read More

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Banana bundt cake

Once again, my husband has purchased bananas to eat along with his work-out routine, and once again he's been forgetting to eat them. Predictably, I was once again left with 3 overly ripe bananas on my hands and one more dilemma in my head. I couldn't make banana bread because I don't have a bread […] Read More

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