Clafoutis Flan


One of the latest Four Seasons opened a few years ago in Carlsbad, California, just north of San Diego.  The executive chef of the Four Seasons Resort Aviara, Pascal Vignau, is a native of France.  His pastry department’s version of…

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Chocolate Velvet: Chocolate Cake of the Month

If you love cheesecake and also love chocolate, this recipe is for you. This is one of the finest cheesecakes I have ever made and the name says it all…chocolate velvet..smooth and creamy all the way down from your lips to your tummy. It sits in a yummy pecan-enhanced graham cracker crust.

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The Microwave: Favorite Stuffed Potatoes

Although there are a few steps to making stuffed potatoes, it is time well spent. People adore them. Stuffing potatoes is an enjoyable way to showcase potatoes, and as a vegetable, potatoes end up as versatile as pasta. Also called twice-baked, or in our case, twice-microwaved, potatoes, the sky is the limit when creating them. They are a vegetarian delight.

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Rice Cooker Tamales

Tamales are the epitome of Mexican food and one of the classic tastes of the Hispanic kitchen. Tamales are “mother” food or comfort food, Latin style. The dough is made from masa harina or “masa flour,” the ground corn that has been soaked in lime, then dried for storage, to make the corn kernel softer and more digestible than regular cornmeal. It is the corn flour used to make tortillas and tamales have that wonderful strong corn flavor that is so characteristic in Mexican cuisine.

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The Denver Omelet


When I was still in college, my boyfriend and I spent every Sunday with his grandparents, Granny and Grampy Weick, after Grampy retired from working on the Union Pacific Railroad line. Their Saratoga, California, home was a suburban corner lot.…

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My Favorite Buckwheat Crêpes

I adapted my first buckwheat crêpes from this old Chez Panisse recipe that uses beer for the liquid; they are delightfully light-flavored despite the addition of the often intensely musky buckwheat. This recipe, good for sweet or savory versions, utilizes lots of eggs and flavorful flat beer in the batter.

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The Beauty of Raw Greens in Winter

A salad is a dish of raw or cooked foods, seasoned and dressed with a sauce of some type. Salads are divided into three main categories: The tossed garden greens, marinated salads, and composed main dish salads.

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My Sister’s Zucchini al Forno with Goat Cheese and Cherry Tomatoes


I took this baked vegetable gratin to potluck suppers for years. It is simple. People love it. And it tastes good with all food and in every season. I usually would bake it on site to serve very hot, but…

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Frito Pie


Frito Pie, one of the great fun foods of the Southwest, consists of chile con carne (beef in red chile sauce) ladled over Fritos corn chips, and topped with shredded cheddar cheese and, if desired, raw onions. If you buy…

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Spinach Tofu Quiche

Ingredients

Sesame Crust
1 12/3 cups whole wheat pastry flour or white spelt flour
1/4 cup light olive oil
1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
1/3 cup plain chilled sparkling mineral water
Spinach filling
1 (14- to 16-ounce) container firm tofu, drained
1/3 cup…

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