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Crunchy Baked Pork Chops

Crunchy Baked Pork Chops

The Cook’s Illustrated Magazine is a great read, since it really goes into detail about how the cooks in America’s Test Kitchen came up with each recipe. The only problem I have is that their idea of a “perfect” recipe isn’t always in line with mine – but when they are, they are real winners. A good example of this, for me, is their recipe ... Read More »

Fig and Plum Cobbler

Fig and Plum Cobbler

Fresh figs are a very easy fruit to work with because they need very little prep to use them and are naturally very sweet. This natural sweetness makes figs very tasty, but it also makes them pair well with other fruits, as the jammy flavor of the figs can enhance fruits of similar flavors and add sweetness to other fruits that don’t have much of ... Read More »

Macadamia Nut Pancakes with Bananas

Pouring maple syrup

I got an interesting tip from a guy at my local Trader Joe’s this week about adding nuts to pancakes. He suggested that I grate the nuts using a microplane or other very fine grater instead of chopping them up. This technique has plusses and minuses. The plus is that you really disperse the nut flavor throughout the pancake, so you can taste it in ... Read More »

Raspberry Kiwi Coffee Cake

I like kiwifruit, but they’re not always at the top of my produce list when I go out shopping. They’re more of an afterthought, something I buy when they look good or if I want something colorful to add to a fruit salad. This is a shame because the berries have a delicious and unique flavor to them. They’re sweet-tart and hard to describe, but ... Read More »

Honey Graham Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Honey Graham Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s fun to experiment a little with cookie recipes, throwing in different ingredients to see if you can improve on a regular chocolate chip cookie with some raisins, peanuts, coconut, white chocolate, cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla or any number of other fruits, nuts, spices, etc. The options are endless. And, to that end, I decided to mix some graham crackers, along with chocolate chips, into a ... Read More »

Mojito Key Lime Pie

Mojito Key Lime Pie

Aside from limeade, one of my favorite lime drinks is a mojito, a rum-based drink that mixes fresh lime juice with sugar and fresh mint. I like the way that the mint brightens up the flavor of the drink to make it even more refreshing than it would be with lime alone. The combination of mint and lime works well in other recipes, as well; ... Read More »

Lemonade Yogurt Popsicles

Lemonade Yogurt Popsicles

Yogurt can be a great ingredient in popsicles because it can help build a creamy base for a pop. Popsicles made with juice alone tend to be a little on the icy side and the yogurt mitigates that, giving the treat a much smoother melt and richer mouthfeel. Still, a popsicle should be refreshing (or you’d just have ice cream, right?), so I used fresh ... Read More »

Classic Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate mousse is a rich chocolate dessert that is made with lots of chocolate and lightened with either egg whites, whipped cream or a combination of the two. A classic chocolate mousse, in my book, is a chocolate mousse that doesn’t use any whipped cream. It gets its lightness and structure from beaten egg whites. Sometimes it seems that these days, mousses are more likely ... Read More »

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