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202. Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting p.726

202. Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting p.726

The recipe courtesy of The Ulterior Epicure
Sometimes the stars just don’t align, and the baking Gods abandon you for a day. I’ve learned a lot about cooking and baking through this project, and I’ve gotten to a point where I rarely make the boneheaded mistakes that plagued my early experiments, but there’s always room to [...]

19 January 2009 | Cakes, The Book | 27 Comments
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201. Caesar Salad p.136

201. Caesar Salad p.136

I can’t find the recipe online.
Caesar salad is pretty much always good. The only way to really truly mess it up is to use wilted, or flavorless lettuce. I’ve seen it done, I had a chicken Caesar at a Boston Pizza that was an insult to the whole concept of food, but generally they’re a [...]

17 January 2009 | Salads, The Book | 4 Comments
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200. Roast Pork Shoulder Cubano: Puerco Asado p.477

200. Roast Pork Shoulder Cubano: Puerco Asado p.477

The recipe
Very few things in life are as good, or as simple as roast pork. The bachelor party tradition among my group of friends is to spit-roast a pig over charcoal. We recently went in on a roaster and put it through it’s paces before my wedding. Spending the afternoon hanging out and watching the [...]

9 December 2008 | Beef, Veal, Pork, and Lamb, The Book | 5 Comments
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199. Foolproof Long-Grain Rice p.254

199. Foolproof Long-Grain Rice p.254

The recipe
Calling this a recipe is a bit of a stretch. It’s one step away from reading “follow package directions”. The ingredients are salt, long-grain white rice, and water. Normally I cook rice by boiling salted water, then adding rice, letting it come back to a boil, then reducing the heat to low and letting [...]

19 November 2008 | Grains and Beans, The Book | 5 Comments
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198. Currant Tea Scones p.598

198. Currant Tea Scones p.598

The recipe
Scones are serious business. Done right, they’re transcendent, rich, with just a hint of sweetness and a striated flaky texture. A scone should be substantial, but not dense. Unfortunately they’re often done very very poorly. Starbucks gets my vote for worst mass market scone. Their oversized scones are dense enough to sink, and so [...]

11 November 2008 | Breads and Crackers, The Book | 1 Comment
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197. Balsamic-Roasted Pears with Pepper and Honey p.809

197. Balsamic-Roasted Pears with Pepper and Honey p.809

The recipe
This is how dessert should be, simple, elegant, and not too heavy. I’m rarely in the mood for a slice of cake right after dinner, and the yen for creamy or frozen treats is even more infrequent. However, a cheese plate is always a welcome addition to a meal. I associate this kind of [...]

7 November 2008 | Fruit Desserts, The Book | 2 Comments
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196. Sautéed Kale with Bacon and Vinegar p.541

196. Sautéed Kale with Bacon and Vinegar p.541

The recipe
The Book has got quite a few recipes that follow the [bitter green] + [cured pork] + [some acid] = [delicious] formula. In this case the bitter green is played by kale, cured pork by our perenial favourite: bacon, and cider vinegar is taking on the role of acid. You simmer the kale for [...]

5 November 2008 | The Book, Vegetables | 3 Comments
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195. Pan-Seared Filet Mignon with Merlot Sauce p.428

195. Pan-Seared Filet Mignon with Merlot Sauce p.428

Here’s the recipe for the Merlot sauce part of this dish,
This is the second time I’ve made this dish. The first was almost two years ago, when I made it for my dining companion’s birthday dinner. Part of her birthday present was that the steak would be just for her, not for The Project too. [...]

11 September 2008 | Beef, Veal, Pork, and Lamb, The Book | 9 Comments
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194. Pommes Anna p.571

194. Pommes Anna p.571

The recipe
This is a ridiculously simple dish, but I still managed to mess it up. It should have been the centerpiece of our meal, but thanks to me it was just an exercise in missed potential. There are only two real ingredients, potatoes and butter, seasoned with salt and pepper. You slice the potatoes on [...]

30 August 2008 | The Book, Vegetables | 3 Comments
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193. Beets with Lime Butter p.523

193. Beets with Lime Butter p.523

The recipe
This was a very simple, and highly effective preparation for beets. My dining companion is mildly obsessed with beets, and we certainly eat more of them than the average couple. We tend to stick to Ukrainian, or Eastern European preparations, or pair them with goat cheese in salads. This week a friend brought an [...]

30 August 2008 | The Book, Vegetables | 1 Comment
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