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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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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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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190. Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream p.855

190. Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream p.855

The recipe
This is ice cream for the lazy, if you have an ice cream maker you can get this cheesecake version will only take up about 20 minutes of your time. There’s also less decision making to do. For regular ice cream you make a custard and heat it until it just coats a spoon, [...]

30 August 2008 | Frozen Desserts and Sweet Sauces, The Book | 5 Comments
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189. Shrimp in Adobo Sauce p.322

189. Shrimp in Adobo Sauce p.322

I can’t find a recipe for this one online.
Anyone following The Project for any length of time knows that I have a bit of a smoked pepper fetish. I get a little weak in the knees when I see the words “ancho chiles” in a recipe. You start this recipe by searing and soaking anchos, [...]

29 August 2008 | Fish and Shellfish, The Book | Comments Off
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184. Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies p.688

184. Katharine Hepburn's Brownies p.688

The recipe
You know who I have an irrational dislike for? Katharine Hepburn. I know she’s one of the best respected and beloved actresses of all time, and the Oscar winningest lady ever, but she just drives me nuts. Admittedly I haven’t seen much of her work, but one film is all it took. In Bringing [...]

26 July 2008 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 14 Comments
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177. Baked French Toast p.650

177. Baked French Toast p.650

The recipe
The blurb for this recipe suggests that it’s an easy and fuss-free way to make French Toast. I couldn’t disagree more. This looks like a scaled down restaurant recipe to me, and what works for breakfast for hundreds doesn’t necessarily make much sense when serving six. The idea with the recipe is to make [...]

2 July 2008 | Breakfast and Brunch, The Book | 2 Comments
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176. Apple Raisin Cake p.704

176. Apple Raisin Cake p.704

The recipe
I’m really trying to work on my hosting skills these days. I love to have friends over, and I love to cook for them. Unfortunately that often means that we don’t spend a lot of time together once they arrive. I’m pretty rotten about sharing kitchen space, or involving others in the cooking process. [...]

22 June 2008 | Cakes, The Book | 4 Comments
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174. Chocolate Sambuca Crinkle Cookies p.671

174. Chocolate Sambuca Crinkle Cookies p.671

The recipe
This is a polarizing recipe. If the thought of anise and chocolate together piques your interest, you’ll probably like these cookies. If however that sounds like the worst idea you’ve heard all day, you probably won’t. That may sound trite or obvious, but anise is like that. I don’t know anyone who is neutral [...]

18 June 2008 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 4 Comments
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173. Spice Sugar Cookies p.669

173. Spice Sugar Cookies p.669

The recipe
My cookie baking bonanza got a little bit confused. I made ginger cookies that didn’t taste much like ginger, and these spice cookies, which are gingerbread in disguise. I kept mixing them up when I told people which cookies where which, it seemed pretty obvious that the crispy cookies which tasted like ginger should [...]

16 June 2008 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 2 Comments
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