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Ginger Crab and Asparagus Soup

I’m a fan of soups as a first course for dinner parties. This one has an Asian flair and came out really well. 4 cups chicken stock 8 oz asparagus tips, cut to 1/4-inch pieces 1 teaspoon ginger, peeled and … Continue reading

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Sauteed Sea Scallops w Thyme and Ginger

This dish is relatively easy despite all the ingredients, and seemed to be a crowd-pleaser. 42 sea scallops (about 3 lbs) 6 oz extra virgin olive oil salt 3 oz hazelnuts, chopped 4 oz butter 12 oz heavy cream 1 … Continue reading

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Salmon Tartare

Tartare dishes may be more familiar as restaurant treats, but ones like this can be easily made at home: 12 oz sushi-grade salmon quarter of a hot house cucumber 1 oz minced fresh cilantro 1/2 fresh jalapeno 1 oz minced … Continue reading

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Bacon-Wrapped Figs with Goat Cheese and Almonds

Particularly when fresh figs are in season this makes for an easy and enjoyable hors d’oeuvres: 18 fresh or dried figs 18 slices of bacon 4 oz goat cheese 18 walnut halves Remove stems from figs and cut them in … Continue reading

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Traditional Crab Cakes

There are thousands of recipes for crab cakes. I like this for being easy and creating relatively healthy cakes. 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced 1 oz finely sliced fresh chive 2 eggs 3 oz mayonnaise 1 oz Dijon mustard … Continue reading

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Duck in Blackberry Cabernet Reduction

Duck is rich and may make this a good winter dish…but it will be tasty any time of year! 2 oz butter 3 tablespoons sugar 1 1/2 cups thawed frozen blackberries 12 oz beef broth 6 oz red wine 3 … Continue reading

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Made an easy Spanish seafood dish worth passing on…

Spanish seafood dishes often use whitefish native to that part of the world. These fish options are fairly interchangeable from a culinary perspective, and the dish can be made with everything from cod to swai (Vietnamese catfish). Whitefish with Pine … Continue reading

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Easy recipe for barbequed meat

I made this dish recently…really easy to make and tasted quite good. On the positive side, all of the marinade ingredients get added at once, so not much work. Of course, like any marinated dish, some advanced planning is needed. … Continue reading

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Sea Scallops w Caviar and Creme Fraiche

Growing up on the East Coast, we often had scallops for lunch or dinner; I still find them a treat! 18 large sea scallops 1 oz virgin olive oil sea salt 4 oz creme fraiche 2 oz caviar 1 oz … Continue reading

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Gruyere Tarts with Prosciutto and Sage

These tarts worked out well as party food. You just need to start them several hours ahead of time. 4 oz grated Gruyère cheese 3 tablespoons chopped sage 2 puff pastry sheets 2 large eggs, beaten 10 oz prosciutto, sliced … Continue reading

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