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Winter Vacation

Winter Vacation

Happy Holidays,
After great visits with family and friends over the past few days, I’m heading off to the airport to join my dining companion and her family for a ski vacation. I’ll have plenty of time to relax and write about food, but only sporadic internet access. Look for updates in batches between here and [...]

27 December 2007 | The Project | 2 Comments
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135. Green Mayonnaise p.887

135. Green Mayonnaise p.887

The recipe
This mayo is meant to accompany the Poached Salmon in Aspic. I wasn’t quite sure why an aspic covered fish, served with aspic on the side, needed a mayonnaise as well. My guests didn’t eat much of this mayo with the salmon, possibly because I didn’t make it obvious enough that they were meant [...]

24 December 2007 | Sauces and Salsas, The Book | 2 Comments
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134. Mayonnaise p.886

134. Mayonnaise p.886

Surprisingly there’s no recipe on Epicurious for plain old mayonnaise.
This is The Book’s basic mayonnaise recipe, there are 7 other dressed up mayonnaises which use this recipe as a starting point, so I’ll be making it a bunch of times. As with most of the basic recipes in the book, it’s solid, but not exciting. [...]

23 December 2007 | Sauces and Salsas, The Book | 7 Comments
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133. Poached Salmon in Aspic p.318

133. Poached Salmon in Aspic p.318

The recipe
I had so much fun making and presenting this, that even if it been inedible, it would have been worth it. Luckily, it tasted quite good. I absolutely knew that I needed an occasion to serve this dish. In honour of the aspic coated days of yore we organized a retro-potluck extravaganza. People brought [...]

20 December 2007 | Fish and Shellfish, The Book | 4 Comments
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132. Blueberry Muffins p.641

132. Blueberry Muffins p.641

The recipe
My dining companion has been doing a lot of driving for work over the past few months, and I’ve been looking for little treats that travel well to send along with her. These muffins looked like they’d fit the bill, and I was pleased to discover that they’re not just portable, they’re tasty. They’ve [...]

16 December 2007 | Breakfast and Brunch, The Book | 3 Comments
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131. Pesto p.889

131. Pesto p.889

The recipe
I’m so happy I made this pesto. I went up to the market, and paid a nice lady twelve dollars for an enormous bucket full of perfectly fresh and amazingly fragrant basil. I got my bounty home and I was ready to go into industrial pesto production mode. Unfortunately I’d forgotten that a bushel [...]

12 December 2007 | Sauces and Salsas, The Book | 5 Comments
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130. Pasta with Tomato and Basil p.206

130. Pasta with Tomato and Basil p.206

Unfortunately there’s no recipe for this one.
This is a recipe for September. It has only a few ingredients, and they’re available year round, but the rest of the year it’ll be a pale imitation of itself. This incredibly simple pasta sauce starts with browning garlic slices in olive oil, then adding chopped tomatoes and basil [...]

10 December 2007 | Pasta, Noodles, and Dumplings, The Book | 4 Comments
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Double Digits

Check it out! I’m 10% of the way through The Project. Just 1164 more recipes to go.

7 December 2007 | The Project | 4 Comments
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129. Posole: Pork and Hominy Stew p.486

129. Posole: Pork and Hominy Stew p.486

Epicurious doesn’t have a recipe for this one, but one of the posole recipes I found on there looks great, and might address some of my concerns with this dish.
I was really excited to make this. My dining companion came home raving about the posole at Le Jolifou, a great Montreal restaurant which specializes in [...]

7 December 2007 | Beef, Veal, Pork, and Lamb, The Book | 7 Comments
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128. Streusel-Sour Cream Coffee Cakes p.645

128. Streusel-Sour Cream Coffee Cakes p.645

Unfortunately there’s no recipe online.
The Book has a deep and abiding affection for streusel-toppings. I suspect that if the cooks at the Gourmet test kitchen leave their batter alone for too long, they’ll find that Ruth Reichl has snuck in and covered it in streusel. I don’t particularly have anything against streusel toppings, they add [...]

5 December 2007 | Breakfast and Brunch, The Book | 8 Comments
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