2010 Archives

Summer Appetizer: Smoky Chipotle Guacamole

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jul 18, 2010 at 3:12pm

If you’ve eaten at Barrio Tequila Bar lately (and if you haven’t, you should…), you’ll recognize this guacamole presentation, with sliced jalapeños and radishes. I copied it because I’m absolutely smitten with the extra crunch and heat of the raw vegetables – as if I needed yet another reason to love guacamole. Or anything at…

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Summer Appetizer: Bite-Size Tomato Tarts on a Parmesan Crust

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jul 16, 2010 at 3:04pm

Here’s a new twist on an old favorite, turning this lovely 101 Cookbooks tomato tart into little tomato tart canapés. Don’t worry, I didn’t mess with that perfectly buttery, cheesy crust. Oh no. I just baked it in a flat rectangle instead of in a tart pan, then cut the still-warm crust into bite-size squares….

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An Ode to Breadcrumbs

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jul 14, 2010 at 4:00pm

Bored with broccoli? Tired of tilapia? Sick of scrambled eggs? Add breadcrumbs! A spoonful of buttery, toasty crumbs can make the most ordinary dish sublime.             Like the portabella mushroom, endive gratin, baked eggs, and fried chickpeas, above. What began as potentially bland fare – vegetables, an egg, canned beans…

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Grilled Steaks with Herb Butter

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jul 12, 2010 at 12:08pm

May I suggest adding a pat of herb butter to your grilled steaks? The butter melts over the hot beef, of course, pooling with the steak’s juices to create an obscenely addictive sauce. It’s a classic bistro presentation, alongside pommes frites, and is so delicious that you’ll soon be adding pats to everything. Grilled fish,…

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Sangriaah!

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jul 9, 2010 at 3:40pm

John and I love to sip sangria on a warm evening, despite the fact that it goes down like dangerously icy buttah. Beware the smooth deliciousness – there’s alcohol in that glass even if it doesn’t taste like it. John in particular is a fan of Masa’s sangrias, one sparkling, one white, and one red….

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Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jul 8, 2010 at 11:08am

Suffering in this heat wave? I suggest a little cool, creamy heaven. Save the egg whites and make Schaum Torte a few days later. Ice cream and meringue, the yin and yang of desserts. You heard it here first. The sun’s hot, mosquitoes are biting, I’m sipping gin & tonics, and I’m craving ice cream—’round…

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Ooh! Aah!

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jul 5, 2010 at 3:59pm

I cooked my brains out this weekend and loved every minute of it. See Saturday’s results – icy cold gazpacho, as well as poached eggs over potato pancakes – below. Both are new favorites, and why not? Crunchy, creamy, salty. Pretty much everything I crave. So where, you might wonder, are the pics of Sunday’s pork…

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Summer Saturday Lunch: Gazpacho, and Poached Eggs Over Potato-Green Pepper Pancakes

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jul 3, 2010 at 11:48am

Have I got a gazpacho recipe for you.  This version is smooth and creamy (without cream), made crunchy with a garnish of minced cucumber, green pepper, tomato, and croutons.  Serve it icy cold for summer in a bowl.             Or cup – sip it while you fry a few potato…

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Blueberry Kuchen – Kingsfield Market Berry Bake-Off Critics’ Choice Winner!

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jul 1, 2010 at 7:59pm

My friend Susie Shubert makes this blueberry kuchen for our 4th of July barbecue each year. Everyone loves it for its crisp, buttery crust topped with lighly sweetened blueberries, both baked and raw, and not much else. When berries are at their peak, it’s smart to keep things simple and let them shine. Intending to…

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Fresh Cherry Galette – Failed Yet Fabulous

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jun 30, 2010 at 7:23pm

I had high hopes for this quick little galette.  What’s not to love about fresh cherries in a flaky, buttery crust?             It looked so perfect when I slid it into the oven, plump and sweet and full of promise.  But when the timer went off and I opened the…

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