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February 2010 Archives

Eggs Baked with Breadcrumbs, Scallions & Cream

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Feb 27, 2010 at 11:36am

These are technically shirred eggs, which are eggs baked whole out of the shell.  But since I don’t like the word shirred, I’m just calling these baked eggs.  This recipe is based on another beauty from Marion Cunningham’s The Breakfast Book (I’ve said before that it’s a lovely book; I still mean it).  I riffed…

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Part I: Braised Crispy Pork with Caramelized Onion Gravy

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Feb 27, 2010 at 9:15am

It might be warming up outside, but I’m still in comfort-food mode, all the way.  Apparently so are our friends Rishia & Andrew Zimmern, because when we decided to have dinner together last night, Andrew’s mind was on braised pork with gravy and an endive gratin (more on the gratin later).  Thank goodness, since as…

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Spicy Potato Tortillas

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Feb 25, 2010 at 9:30am

It’s now Lent, so here’s a meatless lunch or dinner tortilla to make your tastebuds sing.  Golden, spicy potatoes atop a chewy corn tortilla, cooled down with creamy avocado and a drizzle of sour cream, lalalaaaaaa! These are a snap to make, and snappy to boot, not to mention pleasantly filling without being heavy. To…

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Check These Out

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Feb 24, 2010 at 8:05am

More food blogs I’m reading this week, so much goodness out there: Michael Ruhlman – subtitled “Translating the Chef’s Craft for the Everyday Kitchen.” A prolific and well-known writer, Michael’s blog is beautiful and practical, good combination (his wife Donna is a professional photographer – the pics are gorgeous).  Follow him on Facebook and Twitter….

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Classic Lasagna

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Feb 20, 2010 at 1:36pm

I made a pan of lasagna yesterday to take to a recovering friend.  She can’t tolerate garlic for now, so I of course left it out.  I left out the sausage as well, using ground pork in the sauce instead, adding a little extra ground fennel seed and dried oregano, as well as a bit…

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Ginger-Fried Rice

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Feb 15, 2010 at 10:49am

I hated eggs when I was a kid – absolutely, truly loathed them. Boy have things changed.  The changeover was so gradual, it was invisible to me.  A little bite of quiche (wow!), a taste of deviled eggs (yum!), tiny bits of yolk on an over-medium egg (ooh!), and I was slowly wooed.  Learning to…

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The Easiest Biscuits This Side of Pie

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Feb 12, 2010 at 10:05am

I’m serious – I’ve made buttermilk biscuits a few times and while they’re not difficult, they require…buttermilk…which I don’t consistently have in my fridge.  They also require cutting cold butter into flour, which again is not difficult, but is just fussy enough to prevent me from whipping them up on some random Sunday morning.  Which…

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Asian Chicken Soup Bowl

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Feb 11, 2010 at 8:44am

What?  I didn’t know what to call this…sort of had the concept of hot pot in my mind, but since each person builds their own version, it’s more a bowl thing than a pot thing.   Anyhow, whatever it is, it’s delicious, and fun for a crowd.  As I’ve mentioned too many times before, I make…

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Shrimp Tales

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Feb 10, 2010 at 7:14am

Sometimes – well, actually often – the shrimp I buy ’round these parts aren’t all that great.  Wild-caught, not farmed.  Big, small, shell-on, shelled, pink, grey.  Brined, not brined.  Grilled, sauteed, baked, broiled.  Blah, blah, blah.  I’ve tried every iteration and vendor I can think of.  Meh.  I know, I know, I live in the…

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Cassoulet, Parts III & IV

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Feb 7, 2010 at 2:25pm

The big day finally arrived!  We actually got to eat the damn cassoulet, a dish I’ve become very familiar with over the last several days that it’s taken me to prepare it.  Let me say right off the bat – it was well worth the effort.  And for more reasons than the obvious deliciousness –…

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