Archive for May, 2016

What Rice Cooker Do I Want to Buy

The electric rice cooker is one of the hottest home kitchen appliances on the market today. American cooks, accustomed to stove-top cooking, have up to now been slow to take to this method of cooking rice to their hearts, but many cooks around the world find the rice cooker an essential commonplace appliance for everyday meal preparation.

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The Microwave: Chocolate-Covered Fresh Strawberries

Who in the world invented chocolate covered fresh strawberries? I certainly never would have thought of such a combo, but here it is and it is one of the premier ways to use those beautiful over sized strawberries to their best advantage. One day they just appeared and every catering job I did after that wanted to have the dipped fresh berries for dessert. Dipped strawberries are really expensive, a few dollars a piece, if you buy them.

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Warm Garlic Salmon on Mixed Greens

Warm Garlic Salmon on Mixed Greens

One of the easiest main salads to make is a big pile simple mixed greens, whatever looked crisp and fresh at the produce market or what you have in the refrigerator door, with a…

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Cherry Cobbler with Rum Whipped Cream

The other day in the check out line while perusing the scandal sheets, I realized the person in front of me and the one behind me were both buying big bags of fresh sweet cherries. Voila. Cherry season has arrived. Spring is officially here and with it, the first little stone fruit. So buy enough to eat fresh out of hand, then some for cooking a crisp or cobbler (easier than pie), muffins, and some savory dish like duck with cherries.

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Fresh Fruit Kuchen


A simple name, almost deceivingly so, for a fabulous coffee cake with a rich history.  When I started baking, my favorite coffee cake was the Peach Cake Cockaigne in the Joy of Cooking.  I could never get over the Cockaigne in…

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Desserts That Cook Slow and Never Fail to Delight

Desserts in a slow cooker sounds kinda weird, but once you have gotten used to using the appliance, the sky’s the limit. When Julie and I went to research and test dessert recipes we had a problem we had not predicted—there were too many things to make instead of not enough.

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Carrot Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Whipped Cream

greasing the crock

Overview

Cooker:  Medium or large round
Setting and Cook Time: HIGH for 2 1/4 to 2 3/4 hours
Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup light olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon…

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Apple Crumble with Maple Créme Fraîche


A good cooking apple needs to keep its shape during baking. Its flavor, sour-sweet when raw, mellows delightfully. We like baking with medium- to large-sized Pippin, Granny Smith, and Fuji; Golden Delicious and McIntosh are wonderful if very firm, and…

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Hot Fudge Sundae Cake with Cocoa Whipped Cream and Amaretto Cherries

Hot Fudge Sundae cake is an old-fashioned pudding cake where the ingredients naturally separate during baking. When you take off the lid, the rich fudge sauce will have sunk to the bottom, with a gooey, spongy layer cake on top.…

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Sour Cream Almond Cheesecake with Winter Berry Purées

Cheesecake in the slow cooker? Absolutely and it just might be one of the best I ever made for the texture is fabulous—unbelievably silky with no crack on top like in regular oven cooking. And it cuts into picture-perfect wedges.…

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