Archive for 2011

Samosa Phyllo Triangles

Dont have time to make a pie dough? Phyllo to the rescue. Keep a package in your freezer and you are ready to fill with any number of delicious savory fillings, such as goat cheese and herbs, spinach and ricotta,…

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Smoked Turkey and Pecan Tea Sandwiches

This simple mixture of turkey, pecans, and green onions is one of the most delicious and popular sandwich I have ever made. It takes minutes to mix in the food processor.

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Gorgeous Bundt Cakes- Cranberry Orange Pound Cake

Ever since its debut in the 1950s, the bundt cake pan has become de rigeur in every baker’s equipment stable. Originally a whimsical alternate to the smooth angel food cake tube pan, the bundt mold with its fetching large-lobed flute design transforms a simple tube cake into a gourmet gateaux by visuals alone.

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Ode to the Royal Wedding Cake

Wills and Kate are back from their honeymoon already (and their first official state duty of greeting the Obamas in the palace behind them and a visit to Los Angeles with dinner prepared by Giada De Laurentiis. What was on the menu? Pea pesto crostini, California chopped salad, and chicken Milanese.) and I haven’t even made my statement on their wedding cake yet! Soooo here is my spring/summer 2011 royal wedding cake extravaganza recap…

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Groom’s Chocolate Biscuit Cake

And then there’s the groom’s cake. For this wedding, McVitie’s part of the British conglomerate United Biscuits Group that make those barely sweet wholemeal tea biscuits that have the texture of a graham cracker, will make a chocolate biscuit cake specially requested by Prince William. This is a family favorite for tea time with Earl Grey Tea.

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Vintage Glamour Wedding Cake

Here is the recipe for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s vintage glamour wedding cake, which includes the instructions by Fiona Cairnes for making the tamarind fruit cake batter, icing, cake decorations and assembly, so now you can recreate the royal wedding cake in your own home.

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Growing Food Grains in Your Home Garden — Yes You Can

If you love to bake bread and are a gardener, chances are you’ve wondered about growing a small patch of your own grains. An increasing number of avid home gardeners are growing, reaping (cutting stalks and binding into sheaves), threshing (shaking the grain from heads), winnowing (separating the grain from chaff and straw bits), and grinding their own grains from a small backyard patch.

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The Microwave: Mexican Breakfast Hot Chocolate

Love hot chocolate as much as life itself? You have come to the right place for inspiration.

One of the taste sensations of cultural cuisine is the emergence of the combination of chocolate and chile powder. As it happens, chiles are a counterpoint to dark chocolate and accents its natural flavors just like coffee or vanilla does.

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Bernard Clayton, Breadmaker, 1916-2011

In each genre of cooking, there are the celebrities, the ones who are well known by being on TV, and then there are the insider pros, the ones who the food world recognize but often are not more widely known. If you are a serious home bread baker, you know Bernard Clayton’s recipes.

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Culinary Alchemy: Your Own Herb and Spice Mixtures

I have many recipes calling for different types of spice mixtures in my books. Some are simple and familiar, some lavish, others find their home in ethnic cuisine. They range from classic French and Mexican to the dry toasted spices of India, Japan, and Morocco. A dash of herbs or spices, not too overwhelming, allows the cook to present a familiar dish with new tastes. They are a great salt substitute, tricking your palate with the savory accents. Great cooking comes from “people who have an innate capacity to taste and see and smell,” says Cristeta Comerford, White House Chef. You can most certainly take advantage of commercial mixtures, but you can also mix up your own, playing alchemist in your kitchen, bringing a depth of flavor that feeds both body and soul.

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