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152. Herbed Lima Bean Hummus p.15

152. Herbed Lima Bean Hummus p.15

The recipe
Hummus is a staple of my diet, and although I rarely make them, I quite like lima beans, so, I figured this lima bean hummus was a good bet. I’ve been doing some serious damage to the bean spreads in the book, and this was one of the last ones that really appealed to [...]

29 March 2008 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | 3 Comments
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151. Deviled Eggs p.27

151. Deviled Eggs p.27

The recipe
The next few recipes are from a cocktail party we held in honour of a friend’s thesis defense. We invited her to celebrate her accomplishment, and be called Doctor a lot, at an intimate soirée at our place. I was planning a menu around her favourite dishes, and counting on eight to ten people. [...]

19 March 2008 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | 3 Comments
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142. Oysters Rockefeller p.52

142. Oysters Rockefeller p.52

This recipe from Epicurious is similar to The Book’s version, but the linked recipe has slightly different proportions, and makes twice as much topping. I didn’t read the recipe very thoroughly, and used little Malpeque oysters for the recipe, instead of the “large” oysters the recipe called for, so I had more than enough topping.
We [...]

19 January 2008 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | Comments Off
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141. Roasted Red Pepper and Eggplant Dip p.10

141. Roasted Red Pepper and Eggplant Dip p.10

The recipe
I served this dip along with the tapenade from the other day, and was similarly underwhelmed. This dip had a bland, mushy flavour, that didn’t really do much for anyone. I mentioned that the tapenade was overpowering, and this helped thin it out. Unfortunately, “dilutes tapenade” is one of the better things I have [...]

17 January 2008 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | 2 Comments
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139. “La Brea Tar Pit” Chicken Wings p.55

139. "La Brea Tar Pit" Chicken Wings p.55

The recipe
I’m really ambivalent about this recipe. My wings were delicious, but the recipe is horrible. Basically you combine soy, red wine, sugar, and ginger and bring it to a boil, then pour it over chicken wings in a roasting pan and bake at 400 for 45 minutes, flip them, and cook for another hour-ish. [...]

13 January 2008 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | 5 Comments
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122. Smoked Salmon Mousse with Salmon Roe and Crudités p.19

122. Smoked Salmon Mousse with Salmon Roe and Crudités p.19

The recipe
I was really looking forward to this recipe, but I didn’t expect to like it at all. I’ve never had a salmon mousse before, and it has a certain reputation. Pop culture uses it to indicate that a character is out of touch, horribly backwards, or disturbingly gross. I suspect many people can’t [...]

24 November 2007 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | 1 Comment
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95. Rye Crispbread Crackers with Pepper-Dill Crème Fraîche and Smoked Salmon p.38

95. Rye Crispbread Crackers with Pepper-Dill Crème Fraîche and Smoked Salmon p.38

The recipe
This is a funny recipe, it’s a play on the old standby of lox and cream cheese on pumpernickel. In this version you bake your own crackers, use dill infused crème fraîche, and dress them up with fresh dill and orange zest. I’ve never made crackers before, and my first experience suggests it’s exactly [...]

27 September 2007 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | Comments Off
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94. Roasted Garlic Pea-Purée on Sourdough Croûtes p.35

94. Roasted Garlic Pea-Purée on Sourdough Croûtes p.35

The recipe
The next couple of appetizers were a co-production with my sister for a family party. These seemed to appeal to the adults, but the kids were a bit put off by the green mush. I tried some of the leftovers out on a friend’s three year old, but the baguette croûtes were too tough [...]

26 September 2007 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | 3 Comments
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88. Jicama and Cucumber Chili Spears p.27

88. Jicama and Cucumber Chili Spears p.27

The recipe
Jicama isn’t the easiest thing to find in Montreal. I went to every grocery store, fruiterie, and Latin themed shop I could think of. In the end I tracked one down at a Mexican grocery store about a block from my place. I had no idea it was there. For all the effort that [...]

3 September 2007 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | 6 Comments
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73. Sherried Mushroom Empanaditas p.38

73. Sherried Mushroom Empanaditas p.38

The recipe is a combination of this one for full sized Sherried Mushroom Empanadas, and yesterday’s tuna empanaditas. Of course the full sized empanada makes way too much filling, so you’d need to cut it down.
I made these for the same party as the tuna empanaditas. They use the same puff pastry wrapping, and have [...]

8 August 2007 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | 2 Comments
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