Monthly Archives: September 2012

Beouf Bourguignon

8 oz center cut bacon, diced 2 1/2 lbs. chuck beef cut into 1 inch cubes 1 lb. carrots, cut into 3/4 in chunks 2 yellow onions, cut in half then sliced 2 t. crushed garlic 1/2 c. Cognac (or … Continue reading

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Torte

Torte: 12 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped 3/4 c. butter, cut into pieces 6 large eggs, separated 12 T. sugar 2 t. vanilla extract Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.  Butter a 9 in spring-form pan and line with buttered parchment … Continue reading

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Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons

These measuring spoons made by Tovolo are my favorites.  They have two measurements on each spoon and they fit inside all the herb jars and especially the baking soda box.  They have survived years of being run through the dishwasher … Continue reading

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Stainless Steel Measuring Cups

A friend gave these Tovolo measuring cups to me a few years ago and they quickly became my favorite.  I like how they nest and fit easily in the drawer.  On each handle there is also a measuring spoon.  They … Continue reading

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Stainless Steel Scoops

I find that using stainless steel scoops to measure out muffin batter, cookie dough and truffles makes the task less messy and produces a uniform, professional result.  They have a spring loaded release that pops the batter out so none is left … Continue reading

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Rhubarb Muffins with Cinnamon Crumb Topping

1 1/4 c. brown sugar 1 egg 1/2 c. vegetable oil 2 t. vanilla extract 1 c. buttermilk 2 1/2 c. flour 1 t. baking soda 1 t. baking powder 1/2 t. salt 1 1/2 c. diced rhubarb Topping: 1 … Continue reading

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Tomatoes!

Tomatoes have always been a particularly difficult food to make kid-friendly dishes with.  I didn’t even start eating them (unless they were disguised in soup) until a few years ago when a friend grew some of the smaller, yellow tomatoes in her garden and … Continue reading

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Goat Cheese and Tomato Bruschetta

1 baguette 3-4 ripe roma tomatoes, chopped into small pieces 2 t. crushed garlic handful of fresh basil, chopped 6 oz. goat cheese salt and pepper Slice baguette on the diagonal about 1/2 in thick.  Lightly brown each side on grill.  … Continue reading

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Autumn Soup

2 c. boiling potatoes, peeled and diced 1 1/2 c. diced carrots 1 1/2c. diced celery 1 lb. ground beef 1/2 med. onion chopped 2 bay leaves 1 T. Kitchen Bouquet 2 t. salt 1 t. ground pepper 2 T. dried basil 28 … Continue reading

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Matt’s Killer Guacamole

2 large avocados 1 t.  mayo 1 T. sour cream 4 – 5 green onions, sliced Salt and pepper to taste 1/2 t. onion powder 1 dash cayenne pepper 1 t. pureed garlic 3 tablespoons of favorite picco de gallo Few … Continue reading

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