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Angel Food Cake

by TT July 9th, 2012| Desserts, Recipes
Our youngest has a Christmas Eve birthday.  A few years ago we offered him the option of celebrating it near his half-birthday.  He seemed to think this was a good idea, as the day would be all his and not rushed with other family and holiday events.  Thus, for the last four or five years we have had a birthday dinner and dessert in June or July.

Last year he asked for strawberry shortcake.  When he and I talked about the type of cake he wanted to use for the shortcake, I thought that he wanted angel food cake.  After
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Festive White Chocolate Strawberries

by TT July 5th, 2012| Desserts, Recipes, Simple Solutions
Ideally, I would have posted this recipe on Monday.  If I were running just a little bit late, I would have published it yesterday.  However, I am quite off schedule with my cooking and writing, as we spent the past weekend at a family reunion.  Thus, this 4th of July themed strawberry is a day late.  I debated not posting the recipe until next July, but I have a feeling that there will be more Independence Day celebrations this weekend, with the holiday falling midweek.

This chocolate covered strawberry is a delightful recipe to have on hand, even beyond the
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Storing Vegetables

by Elizabeth Skipper July 4th, 2012| Techniques, Tools, and Tips
It's summer and time to make the most of what our own gardens and local farmers are producing. Sometimes it seems, however, that everything arrives at once! How do you store the bounty when it's more than you can eat in one day? Perhaps a few tips on extending the life of certain types of produce will come in handy.

Artichokes, broccoli, cauliflower: To keep them from drying out, wrap the stems in a damp paper towel before storing them in a paper bag.

Asparagus: Use a flat bowl or glass that will fit the asparagus securely. Add a little water
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Caramelized Onion Tart with Balsamic Reduction

by BnB Finder July 3rd, 2012| Best BnB Bites
When I saw the name of this week's recipe, I wondered whether I would want this tart for breakfast or dinner.  Although there are no eggs in this dish, it feels reminiscent of a quiche, a nice savory pie to be enjoyed with some fruit and a mimosa.  Alternately, I can imagine eating this tart with a salad of mixed greens and a glass of syrah.  (Although I envision some form of wine with either serving, I am sure it would be just as tasty with a glass of seltzer.)

Regardless to what time of day you decide to serve
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Dessert at Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse

by TT July 2nd, 2012| Restaurant Reviews
Typically when I review a restaurant, I like to sample several dishes.  As regular readers can recall, quite often I write about the lengthy meals that cover everything from the amuse bouche to dessert.  This review is quite different in that we only ate one course at this restaurant.  Not only was it just one course, my husband and I ordered the same dessert, which almost never happens.  However, this was one of the best desserts I have eaten at a restaurant.

A few Mondays ago, my husband and I were in New York City on business travel.  We had
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