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Burgundian Escargot w Mushrooms and Pastry

While escargot may sound a bit exotic, at least for serving family and friends, it’s actually quite easy to do. I recently prepared this dish and there were only empty plates. 12 oz unsalted butter 8 garlic cloves 2 oz … Continue reading

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Tarragon Scallops with Beurre Blanc Sauce

I recently prepared the following dish for a dinner party, and it seemed to be well-received. I use bay scallops, which I like, but the larger ones are fine as well. 2 lb. unsalted butter, cold 15 oz Sauvignon Blanc … Continue reading

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Enjoying summer peaches…

I love summer fruit…ripe peaches are life well-lived. This is a dish I shared using them flambeed in brandy. Flambeed Peaches

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Chipotle Avocado Soup w Cumin & Cilantro

This soup is delicious with nice spice. If you dislike spicy food, go light on the chipotle chile. This soup (like many) is very easy to make. 2 avocados, coarsely cubed 1 oz chipotle chile in adobo sauce, finely diced … Continue reading

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Scallops Wrapped in Bacon w Curry & Cayenne

I recently made this as an hors d’oeuvres course. People loved them (or they were very polite!) The bacon crumbles a bit, so either you want to provide your guests with napkins to catch the crumbs, or this might be … Continue reading

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Duck Breast w Port Reduction Over Salad Greens

Duck is always a rich treat, and the reduced port wine makes this more the case with this dish. A good seasonal choice for the colder weather. However, a nice way to offset the heaviness is serving small appetizer portions … Continue reading

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Tenderloin w Horseradish Dijon Sauce

The key to cooking tenderloin is to do it slowly so it’s cooked fairly even from outside to inside. If your barbeque has a cover, that will be best. You can use your broiler, but set the pan as low … Continue reading

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Foie Gras with Balsamic Vinegar Over Greens

Foie gras is not available in all states and people have mixed feelings about eating it. If it’s available and you care to prepare it, you don’t need to add much to its rich flavor. 8 oz. duck foie gras … Continue reading

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Portobello Quinoa

This is a delicious side dish that is both easy and healthy. Other types of mushrooms will also work fine. 2 leeks 1 pound portobello mushrooms 3 oz virgin olive oil salt and pepper 24 oz chick broth 12 oz … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pastries with Orange Custard

I recently made this dessert and it came out well: 8 oz milk 8 oz whipping cream 1/2 oz orange zest 6 egg yolks 4 oz sugar 2 packages frozen puff pastry 2 cups raspberries 5 tablespoons sugar 2 oz … Continue reading

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