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Goodbye 2011

It’s New Year’s Eve 2011.  In a couple of hours it will be 2012. I get to enter 2012 with one hellava cold.  That nasty, deep, bronchial cough that makes me sound like a barking sea lion. And the requisite sinus headache, plugged up nose.  It&#...

Cassoulet and Fresh-Baked Bread

I have been thinking about a cassoulet for months.  A real cassoulet – with duck confit and everything. Today, I made my cassoulet! In its most base form, a cassoulet is French baked beans.  But – in true French style – the lowly bean is e...

Christmas Stollen

I love walking into the house and finding Victor in the kitchen.  It always means we’re in f...

Feed A Cold Feed A Fever

Ah…  there’s nothing like a day-after-Christmas-cold to bring out the Grinch in me.  ...

Aunt Dolores’ Rum Balls

One of my favorite Christmas memories are Aunt Dolores’ Rum Balls.  Auntie made them every y...

Danish Pastries and Brunch with Friends

We had our annual Christmas with Linda and David, today.  It is always a fun time and we always th...

Chocolate Walnut Biscotti

  We’ve been baking Christmas cookies forever. At one point we were literally making thou...

Fantasia Confections, Revisited

Six years ago I sent away for a cook book straight out of my childhood. My very first job was in a ...

Creamy Chicken

Tonight’s dinner was brought to you by Brussels Sprouts. My original idea was chicken sandwic...

Patty Melts

When was the last time you had a patty melt?  It’s definitely been a while for me. I think t...

Rigatoni and Rye

The plate is a bit messy but the food was oh, so good! We’ve had these huge rigatoni in the c...

Gooey-Cheesy Chcken Sandwich

One of the great things about Fall around here is the drop in humidity.  That means crispy, crunch...