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Cheesecake with a Blackberry Lavender Sauce

Cheesecake with a Blackberry Lavender Sauce

September 30, 2016 |  Category:   cooking recipes

Mark recently remarked to me that I was lucky because sometimes I can wish for cake and it will magically appear the next day. If I’m really lucky, he’ll whip one up in a few hours. I know not everyone is a cake person, but if you are, there’s something about a cake craving that can be so intense that nothing else – not ice cream, or a pastry, or even a cupcake – can satiate it. It’s true that these cravings often come when I’m super stressed (and can I tell you right now that my stress level is through the roof this month?), but that fragrant smell of cake baking in the oven is so comforting. While it… CONTINUE READING

cardamom crème brûlée

cardamom crème brûlée

April 16, 2008 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts recipes

I actually made a real dessert at home last night. This, surprisingly, doesn’t happen very often and crème brûlée at home is an even rarer occurrence. I have made thousands (no exaggeration) of them during my years as a Pastry Chef, but only one or two times in my own kitchen. I may be making them more often, however, because my marshmallows need egg whites which leave me with lots of yolks. What better way to use them than crème brûlée? Vanilla beans are most often used as the main flavoring in traditional crème brûlée, but anything can be used. I chose cardamom last night because, well, I love cardamom and thought it would add a nice flavor. Cardamom Crème… CONTINUE READING

mango yogurt sorbet

mango yogurt sorbet

March 26, 2008 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts recipes

It is not often that I actually make a dessert at home, which some may find hard to believe, but as a pastry chef I always chose to leave my work at work. Now, seeing how I spend most of my time at home, I do get the urge once in a while. I couldn’t resist making this sorbet the other night. We had a few delicious mangoes that were quickly getting soft so I decided to puree them, mix them with sugar and yogurt, and run it through my ice cream maker. It tastes pretty much like a mango lassi, so much so that I was wishing that I had some Kewra essence, the traditional flavoring for the drink.… CONTINUE READING

yogurt curry chicken

yogurt curry chicken

March 25, 2008 |  Category:   recipes

People always ask how we manage to keep within our food budget. One thing that I do is to take just a few minutes each week and actually plan every meal. Normally that means one night is pasta, one is fish, one is chicken and so on. I find it much easier to avoid buying unnecessary items when I have a detailed shopping list. The trick is to think of tasty variations within each category so we aren’t eating the same thing every week. Tonight just happened to be chicken night so I decided to make my favorite yogurt curry chicken. It’s basically a simple tandoori chicken recipe baked in a home oven, but a bit of planning is key,… CONTINUE READING

biscotti recipe

biscotti recipe

March 24, 2008 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts recipes

A few of you have emailed asking about my basic biscotti recipe. My base recipe is simple enough, so you just need to decide what you want to add – nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruit, etc… One-third of a cup of any of those is enough for this recipe and if you want to experiment with flavored extracts, one teaspoon should suffice. Basic Biscotti Recipe 1/4 cup butter 6 Tbsp. sugar 1 egg 1 cup flour 3/4 tsp. baking powder pinch salt Cream the butter and sugar in an electric mixer. Beat in the egg. Mix in the flour, baking powder and salt until just incorporated. Form into a log about 3-4 inches wide, 1 inch thick, and maybe 10-12… CONTINUE READING

Japanese beef stew

Japanese beef stew

March 16, 2008 |  Category:   recipes savory

Why is it that we are halfway through the month of March and I’m still craving hearty meat stews? Maybe it’s the 40 degree temperatures outside and the fact that we never really got a winter at all here in Brooklyn this year – just a few really cold days, one measurable snowfall, and a smattering of spring-like days that only make us want spring to arrive. If I’m craving stew, then I need to make my favorite Japanese beef one-pot meal. Made with Dashi and Sake instead of meat stock and wine, it is light and sweet but still satisfies my winter stew craving. 8 Dried Shiitake Mushrooms, soaked in hot water for 1 hour 2 inches of fresh… CONTINUE READING

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