Monthly Archives February 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe adapted from Ready for Dessert: My Best Recipes, by David Lebovitz (Ten Speed Press)

Yield: about 4 dozen cookies


2½ cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups ...
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Foil-Baked Fish with Black Beans & Corn

·         4 skinless white fish fillets (6 to 8 oz each), 1-inch thick – we used Tilapia
·         salt and pepper (sprinkle of Ancho Chile pepper optional)
·         4 Tbs unsalted butter, softened
·         2 tsp minced chipotle chiles in adobo sauce or ROTEL
·         1 tsp grated orange zest
·         2 Tbs freshly squeezed orange juice
·         2 cloves garlic, minced
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Garlic Cheesy Bread


1 cup Warm Water
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 envelope Active Dry Yeast (2 1/4 Teaspoons)
1 teaspoon Salt
3 cups Bread Flour
Olive Oil, For Greasing Surfaces


– In a large bowl, stir water, honey and yeast together. Let yeast proof 5 minutes.

– Once you know yeast is active, stir in salt and the flour in 1/4 cup increments.

– If you are using a stand mixer, be sure to not increase y...

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Honey Garlic Pork Chops

– 1/4 + 1/8 cup honey
– 3 tbsp soy sauce
– 6 cloves garlic, minced
– 6 pork
 loin chops, boneless, trimmed of excess fat, 4 oz each
– In a shallow dish, whisk together honey, soy sauce and garlic.
– Coat chops in mixture.
– Reserve left over honey mixture for basting.
– Place chops on greased grill over med high heat, close lid and cook. basting 2 times...
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Leek Chips

          1 head of leeks
          Olive oil
          Salt and pepper
          Clean and cut leeks
          Lay foil on a cookie pan and spread out leeks on foil
          Drizzle leeks with oil oil, Sriracha, salt and pepper
          Bake in the oven on 350 for 10 minutes or until leeks start to brown.
Delicious, Fun, and unique snack
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Carrot Wrapped Green Beans

          1 pound of fresh green beans
          1 carrot stick or buy the whole bunch for snacks
          Olive oil
          Red vinegar or sweet fig vinegar
          Salt & pepper
          Clean green beans and carrot
          Cut off ends of green beans and use a potato peeler to remove one layer from carrot
          Slice long strips of carrot to wrap around ...
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Blind Wine Tasting

Blake – Wine Buyer at Liquorama

My husband met our new neighbors who live a few houses down the street from us a couple months back. They invited us over for dinner by email. I had never met them. I only knew they were a young couple like us and have an 18 month old baby boy. I wanted to bring something, so they asked if we could bring the wine...

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Chateau St. Jean Recipe Collection – Beef Tenderloin Asturias

I was visiting the Chateau St. Jean Winery in Sonoma, California in January 2012. They had a newsletter that included this recipe. I asked how I could get a copy and one of the Chateau Manager brought me a copy of the newsletter to take hom so I could make the recipe.

Served with 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Cinq Cepages
·         ¼ cup olive oil
·         4 (6 ounce) beef tenderloin steaks (we us...
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