Meet My New Friend, The Friand…

I’m challenging myself this spring and summer to learn at least two new baked good recipes each month. I plan to make each new item at least three times within a 10-day period, which will allow me to try out several different versions of a recipe, and hopefully master any special technique along the way.…
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Aioli (the Anti-Mayonnaise) & Baja Fish Tacos

As a child I was a very picky eater, but I like to think that I’m pretty adventurous now when it comes to food. My allergy to shellfish already prevents me from enjoying an entire family of strange and exotic dishes, so I try to keep my food aversions to a minimum in an effort…
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A Perfect Salad: Honey Gorgonzola Hearts

While cataloguing our featured recipes from the past several weeks, Tony and I discovered that we had nearly all the components for a lovely Italian menu: prosciutto and cantaloupe melon appetizer, pasta primavera main course, and tiramisu, the ultimate Italian dessert. The only item missing from this menu was a great spring salad. Without missing…
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Gorgeous & Delicious: Prosciutto Con Melone

For the past two weeks, our local grocery store (Southgate Hornbacher’s), has been featuring large displays of cantaloupe melons from Guatemala. Tony mentioned them to me several times before I pointed out that we still had a package of prosciutto ham at home in our refrigerator, left over from our Easter feast. Prosciutto and melon…
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Tiramisu: An Instant “Pick Me Up”

Tiramisu. Just saying that word aloud makes me feel better, and it’s no wonder:  when literally translated from Italian to English, tiramisu means “pick me up.” My first experience with this heavenly dessert was back in 1992, shortly after I joined the crew of the cruise ship, M/V World Discoverer. We had a wonderful pastry…
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