Tagged: ‘fruit’

The Baker: Pan de Los Muertos

Panes de Muerto, or “breads of the dead,” is a special orange- and anise-spiked egg bread made especially for November 2, All Soul’s Day, a Mexican national holiday honoring the deceased. It is a fusion between Indian and Spanish religions. This is a very happy loaf, despite the morbid name, and is consumed with the reverence awarded to Holy Communion.

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Fruit Sorbets

Refreshing fruit ices are simple and relatively quick to assemble from a wide variety of fruits. The beauty of sorbet lies in its simplicity: It’s basically just frozen water or juice sweetened with fruit, chocolate, liqueur, wine, or even fresh herbs.

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The Healthiest Foods for Under $1

Every first week of January is the time to make New Years’ resolutions. It’s just something that goes with the turning of the calendar year, the gateway of looking back at the old and looking forward to the new. As a child, my resolutions were things like I will be nicer to my sister, I will work harder to get better grades, and maybe we can get a puppy.

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Cooking for A Crowd: Dessert with the Vampires (Move Over Count Dracula)

One of my favorite characters in literature and movies is Count Dracula, the vampire from the Transylvanian Alps of Eastern Europe. Obviously I am not alone since the media is thick with pop Gothic vampire regalia.

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Vampire Dessert Buffet-Recipes and How To

photograph by Philip Burne-Jones Bt. (1861-1926)

Buffet Preparation, Storage,and Service Timeline

  • Prepare two chocolate tortes, the chocolate sauce, the crêpes, almonds, biscotti, chocolate chip cookie dough, and double batch of compote 2 to 3 days ahead.
    Miss Grace Jones/horror comedy/1991/look for…

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Preserved Lemons/Tagine of Lamb, Tomato, Green Beans, and Sesame

Preserved lemons are made by soaking lemons in a brine solution made of lemon juice, plus salt, sugar, or a combination of the two, until the lemons turn pulpy and soft. They are used as a distinctive condiment or flavor accent in Moroccan cuisine, but have gone on to be so popular and addictive that they show up in everything from gingerbread to rice pilaf, couscous, and salad dressings.

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Very Old Fashioned End of Season Fruit Pies

There is lots of fresh glorious fruit still in the markets, roadside vegetable stands, and farmer’s market even though it is September. Anyone with a backyard tree is at the place of giving away their bounty. The late summer fruit boasts lots of flavor from sweet and sharp to smooth and tangy. Beautiful ripe peaches, the first honey-sweet fall apples, the last plums, and tart berries give us a sense of the seasons as well as inspiration.

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Deborah Olson’s Amazing Cherry Crisp

Wow! You can’t imagine how FAST, EASY, and DELICIOUS this fresh cherry crisp is!

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Cruising the Blogs: Cranberry Orange Muffins

It’s technically the end of the cranberry season. But I notice big piles of cranberries in the produce section, begging to be taken home and frozen for use throughout the year. Hopefully you stashed a few bags in the freezer to hold you over until next fall holiday season. Frozen cranberries are excellent for making muffins, quick breads, even in stews or as one of your favorite cranberry sauces at Easter, if you haven’t noticed.

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Deborah Olson’s Amazing Cherry Crisp

Wow! You can’t imagine how FAST, EASY, and DELICIOUS this is! Use a cherry pitter or small paring knife to remove the pits. Be sure to wear an apron or pit the cherries with your hands inside a gallon plastic bag to deter the inevitable splattering. Serve warm or cold and top it off with vanilla ice cream. It is great for a crowd ( you can double, triple, whatever, just use a larger pan). Deborah Olson’s family owned the last cherry orchard in the Santa Clara Valley and are famous for their cherries and cherry honey. Deborah still markets her cherries by mail.

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