Tagged: ‘walnuts’

The Microwave: Glorious Black and White Fudge for Giving with Love

Fudge making has a bad rap. Making it is messy, you need a thermometer, the stove heat can’t be too hot to burn the chocolate, and there is a big chance it will turn out grainy. Its easier to head over to See’s candy and buy a box of ultra sweet fudge.

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English Pudding with Cranberries and Walnuts and English Custard Sauce

This is one of my favorite steamed puddings and it couldn’t be easier. The cranberry and molasses combination is a great flavor. This is an Americanized version of the very traditional, very beloved English pudding called Spotted Dick, which originally…

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Holiday Baking: Hungarian Poppy Seed Roll

Christmas is not considered complete without special occasion baking and Hungarian poppy seed roll is the premier of the genre. Recipes for Hungarian rolls with a poppy seed-raisin filling are known as Mákos es Dios Kalacs (known in village slang as a Beigli). Every home has it’s own recipe for these rolls and they are a favorite sweet bread.

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Holiday Baking: My Winter Fruit-and-Nut Cake


Fruitcakes usually call for lots of butter to be creamed with the sugar and flour.  Imagine my delight to find that just as good a fruitcake can be made without any added fat other than the nuts.  In place of…

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Duck Breast Salad with Blueberries, Walnuts, and Currant Vinaigrette

Main dish salads are good all year round and yet reflect seasonality by their components. There are many exceptional main dish salads and you only need to know two and you are a wiz in the kitchen. Here is a very special main dish salad with spring in mind and its source of protein is duck.

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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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Frozen Bread Dough Focaccia

baked focaccia with fresh rosemary and coarse sea salt

Sometimes you want fresh bread, but don’t have time to make it from scratch.  So this the opportunity to use commercially made Ready-Dough packaged by Bridgeford, easily found in the supermarket freezer…

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Fast and Easy Focaccia Flatbread

Recently I was invited to an open house and wanted to bring bread, but didn’t have time to make it from scratch. So this was my opportunity to use Bridgeford Ready-Dough, easily found in the freezer department of all supermarkets. I had used the frozen ready-made loaves when I first started baking when I was still afraid to make a dough from scratch, but not since and was curious to see if it was still a good alternative to homemade.

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Culinary Traveler: Lentil and Brown Rice Salad

When Chez Panisse restaurant opened a café upstairs from the main dining room, it quickly became one of my watering holes whenever I went to shop or visit friends in Berkeley. Since it was always so jammed, it was best to show up for lunch just after the doors opened at 11 a.m.

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A Quartet of Savory Holiday Side Dishes

While turkey, stuffing, and pies are easy for most holiday cooks, the one portion of the meal that can really be challenging year after year is the side dishes. Certainly everyone has perennial family favorites, the ones made over and over. But sometimes you want to try something new…

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