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Homemade Strawberry Syrup

by Jane Wangersky May 21st, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
It’s strawberry time, at least in California and other warm places, and -- for those of us who live further north -- in the produce department. Strawberries are grown near where I live, but our local strawberries don’t travel well and mostly get made into jam and other products
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Strawberries for Dipping

by Elizabeth Skipper May 20th, 2015| Chef Recipe, Recipes
It seems like cheating to call this a recipe, but I’ve never come across a better way to serve strawberries that’s different, elegant, delicious, and so little work. This idea first came to my attention when I was in cooking school, and it seemed bizarre at the time. The
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Chicken & Strawberry Salad Sandwich

by TT May 18th, 2015| Recipes, Salads, Sandwiches
At our house we are huge fans of chicken salad sandwiches. In fact, they make a regular appearance in our summer menu. For us, chicken salad is an individual item. So, on chicken salad nights, there are chicken breasts, binding ingredient (mayo, yogurt, etc.), and an assortment of add-ins
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Crispy Fried Asparagus

by Jane Wangersky May 14th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Last time, I wrote briefly about some of the options for asparagus besides the recipe I gave you then. Well, I hadn’t actually tried everything I wrote about -- fried breaded asparagus, for example. And I found I kept thinking about it, so for this week I decided to
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Penne with Asparagus & Ham

by Elizabeth Skipper May 13th, 2015| Chef Recipe, Recipes
Asparagus and ham complement each other nicely, with the sweetness of the asparagus balancing the saltiness of the ham. Against a background of pasta, with the added richness of cream, this is a perfect spring dish which makes the most of an often costly vegetable. If you’re a fan
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Warm Asparagus Salad

by TT May 11th, 2015| Recipes, Salads
I have used asparagus as the topping of many a green salad. Steamed and cut into bite-sized pieces, it is a nice change of pace from pepper strips and cherry tomatoes. What I hadn't done was used the asparagus as the star of the salad. As they say, there's
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Asparagus with Eggs Parmesan

by Jane Wangersky May 7th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
This week we’re focussing on asparagus; love it or hate it -- and I’ve done both in one day during one of my pregnancies -- it’s certainly a special vegetable. In season for only a short time in the spring, tending to be expensive, it’s something most people associate
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Asparagus Roasted in Prosciutto

by Elizabeth Skipper May 6th, 2015| Chef Recipe, Recipes
This recipe came from a friend, who simply wrote out how he does it, without quantities and measurements. And really, that’s all it takes; this is not a complicated dish. I did some experimenting with it (as I was prepping for an event, not exactly the ideal time), and
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Proscuitto-Wrapped Asparagus- 2 Ways

by TT May 4th, 2015| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
I love asparagus. It's a vegetable I like to use in a variety of ways. Sometimes it is simply steamed until al dente and served as a salad topping. Other times it is grilled and served as a side dish with our dinner. On a fairly regular basis I
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Malicettes: Buns That Taste Like Pretzels

by Jane Wangersky April 30th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
While writing one of my restaurant articles, I came across a French word I’d never seen despite 10 years of studying the language and a quarter century’s living in Canada: malicette. Well, of course, it was easy enough to find out that malicettes, or mauricettes, are buns made
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Chocolate Mousse

by Elizabeth Skipper April 29th, 2015| Chef Recipe, Recipes
My oh-so-French chef teacher would get frustrated when customers complained that chocolate mousse wasn’t on the menu. They’d demand to know why a French restaurant didn’t have it available throughout the year. Madeleine thought it was a stereotyped cliché, but it was popular year-round then and it’s popular now.
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Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Pretzel Sandwiches

by TT April 27th, 2015| Desserts, Recipes
This recipe is one that would seem not all that exciting to me. I'm not a big chocolate person. Pretzels aren't a go-to snack for me. I easily can ignore a bowl of them on the counter. However, when you combine those two ingredients with some sweetened peanut butter, you
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