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Recipes that include butter

Rugelach

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Rugelach, not to be confused with arugula (a lovely peppery green), is a traditional Jewish pastry. To pronounce correctly, you should sound like you’re coughing up phlegm at the end.

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Rugelach is the perfect thing to make this time of year. First of all, you can use it for Hannukah or Christmas because everyone loves it. You can make a huge batch and bring to both houses like us, one Jewish (sorta), one not. My Chinese family got addicted to rugelach from eating the giant boxes from Costco, which are dangerously good. Secondly, in December, fresh fruits are not very good in New York, so jams, preserves, and dried fruits are what’s in season.

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Wheat Berries and Butternut Squash with Brown Butter and Sage

Saturday, December 5, 2009

I’ve been thinking about making a dish with wheat berries for a while now, and I guess I was jolted with a little bit of inspiration from a pasta dish I had at A Voce. Drawing on the brown butter and sage, that familiar and comforting fall aroma, and enjoying the dabs of natural sweetness from the butternut squash, this dish came together almost by itself.

Wheat Berries, Butternut Squash, Brown Butter, Sage

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Hasselback Yams

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Are you a procrastinator? If you’re reading food blogs the night before Thanksgiving, good chances you are. Or perhaps, you do what I do, which is make a plan weeks in advance, only to start second guessing myself right before I start cooking, or even in the midst of cooking. Ugh, it’s a serious problem.

I already plotted out the Roasted Butternut Squash with Pears and Cranberries, the Pumpkin Lasagna, and the Cloud Topped Pumpkin Loaf. Don’t forget some of last year’s favorites like Bacon, Beets, and Brussels Sprouts, and the Upside Down Cranberry Pumpkin Cake. But after seeing so many wonderfully enticing pictures of Hasselback potatoes all-over the blogosphere (on Things We Make, Sea Salt with Food, Craving Comfort, and Almost Bourdian), I wanted those too.

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Double Chocolate Truffle Cupcakes

Friday, November 20, 2009

It was another day for experimenting, and again, things did not come out quite as expected, but just like the Cloud Topped Pumpkin Loaf (which I hope to be famous for one day), these cupcakes were a hit, and will remain in my repertoire.

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Mini Refugiado: Guava Cheese Pastry

Thursday, November 5, 2009

One of our favorite stops in Los Angeles was Porto’s Bakery. Everything was fresh and delicious at shockingly low prices. I’m dreaming about them expanding to New York one day but I know that’s a long shot so I may have to recreate some of their treats for myself. One of the pastries we enjoyed was a flaky and buttery pastry with a guava and cream cheese filling. They called it the Refugiado, but I’m not sure why it’s called the Refugee. (Hey Latino friends, holla if you know. ) Those layer-y doughs are a lot of work for home bakers and so is the idea of getting fresh guava to make a jam or preserve for yourself. Don’t worry, I came up with an easier alternative.

Guava Cheese Pastries lined up 4

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Cauliflower with Almonds, Cranberries, and Capers

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I bookmarked this Michael Anthony (of Gramercy Tavern) cauliflower recipe on Smitten Kitchen, attracted by how interesting it is. Of course, everything on Smitten Kitchen looks delicious, but this was a recipe Michael Anthony created to convince his wife (when they first met) to like cauliflower. See, Lon does not like cauliflower, though I’ve tried a few times, and this just seemed different enough, perhaps…I finally did bring him over to the fungus side (he did not eat mushrooms for most of his life) so I was feeling pretty confident.

Cauliflower with Almonds, Cranberries, and Capers 3

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Roasted Butternut Squash, Pears, and Cranberries

Monday, November 2, 2009

By request of our friend Bill, I’m starting early on Thanksgiving recipes this year. As I thought about side dishes, I surprised myself with a general feeling of disgust. Do I dislike Thanksgiving? No, I do love Thanksgiving. Any holiday with lots of food is a friend of mine for sure. The problem is, a few traditional side dishes do turn me off, particularly that sweet potato dish, the one covered in marshmallows. It’s sugary sweet, too busy competing with desserts, and not pulling it’s weight during the main course. To those that are big fans, hear me out. I do think there’s a place for a sweet dish, besides dessert, but let’s compliment the turkey and not mask it in a coat of soft wet sugar.

Roasted Butternut Squash, Pears, and Cranberries

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More Pumpkin Lasagna Please!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

When I first made pumpkin lasagna last year, I was afraid it wouldn’t work out so I made a small portion in an 8×8 dish. It turned out to be one of my favorite fall recipes, one that I am always bragging about to…well Lon and Ice (my dog). I’m just so proud of it. When pumpkins started showing up in the farmer’s market, I knew I was going to make this dish again. I figured I would re-do the old pictures, that did not do this Pumpkin Lasagna any justice. Then I realized the greater problem (yes, worse then how bad I was at photography back then). The portion was too small! You’ll never have enough with a 8×8 pan, even if you live by yourself. I swear. You won’t know how it just disappeared. I settled on making it in a conventional 9×13 dish, because that’s a pan size normal people own, but I really wish it was made in a giant roasting pan. Yea, the ones you can put a whole pig in. I love it that much.

Pumpkin Lasagna reheated 2nd day
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Blackberry Oatmeal Cookie Muffins

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

When I made the Cherry Almond Cookie Pies, JP asked if I could make a version without nuts for his nephew. Well, since JP is partially responsible for how Lon and I met, the least I could do was design a recipe for him. See JP was one of the first people I met in college, the second person on the first day of school, to be exact. Fast forward to after graduation, JP works with a cool gal named Resa. Resa is Kasi’s bestfriend. Kasi is Lon’s sister. Got it?

Bitten Blackberry Oatmeal Cookie Pie 4

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Cherry Almond Cookie Pies

Sunday, October 11, 2009

A wedding tradition in Pittsburgh is the Cookie Table, where friends and family bring cookies to put on the table. It’s quite a spread, as you can imagine, and everyone gets to participate in their own way. It’s one of the coolest traditions ever, that I would have adopted, regardless of being in New York, had I known about it before.

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