115. Grilled Calamari with Arugula p.344

115. Grilled Calamari with Arugula p.344

The recipe
This dish was fun to prepare, fun to serve, and fun to eat. I served it at a friend’s place for a pot-luck. Bringing a bunch of squid over to someone’s house might seem a bit weird, but it worked out really well.
I broke the squid down and scored the tubes at home. Incidentally [...]

5 November 2007 | Fish and Shellfish, The Book | Comments Off
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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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60. Prosciutto- and Parmesan-Stuffed Mushrooms p.27

60. Prosciutto- and Parmesan-Stuffed Mushrooms p.27

No recipe, too bad.
These were an excellent appetizer. I brought them to a dinner party and they disappeared just like that. They’re mushroom caps stuffed with the cooked down mushroom stems, garlic, onion, bread crumbs, prosciutto, Parmesan, a useless dash of parsley, and an egg to hold it together. After the caps are filled [...]

25 July 2007 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | 2 Comments
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56. Rosemary Walnuts p.5

56. Rosemary Walnuts p.5

No recipe this time, sorry.
This is the second recipe in the book, with only Candied Walnuts coming before it. It’s a very strong start. It combines my favorite things, simple, delicious, and affordable. It’s a shame that the recipe isn’t available online, but the proportions aren’t that important anyway. All you need to do is [...]

19 July 2007 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | 6 Comments
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46. Eggplant Caviar p.11

46. Eggplant Caviar p.11

No recipe this time, but honestly you’re not missing all that much.
I think this came out to be less than the sum of it’s parts. Essentially it’s broiled eggplant, sweated onions, garlic, and green pepper mixed with fresh tomatoes, lemon juice, sugar, salt, and pepper. All good stuff up to this point, but it all [...]

4 July 2007 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | 2 Comments
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45. Hummus with toasted pine nuts, cumin seeds, and parsely oil p.14

45. Hummus with toasted pine nuts, cumin seeds, and parsely oil p.14

The recipe
I made this for one of The Boys going away parties. He’d just finished his Ph.D. and was heading off to a very fancy post doc in the states. I was throwing a party in his honor, and I wanted to make things he would like. I think I did alright in pleasing him, [...]

2 July 2007 | Hors D'Oeuvres & First Courses, The Book | 5 Comments
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35. Cranberry Caramel Bars p.691

35. Cranberry Caramel Bars p.691

the recipe
I really enjoyed these bars. I brought half of them to a party, and they disappeared instantly. I enjoyed more of them over the next week, and brought out even more from the freezer a couple months later. All that to say, the recipe make a lot of bars, and they keep and freeze [...]

1 May 2007 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 2 Comments
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