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Frittata di Spaghetti

Frittata di Spaghetti

I always make too much spaghetti when I cook it for dinner. In fact, I always make too much pasta of any shape. In an effort to control the problem, I used to try and measure out how much pasta I was using with a scale or a measuring cup, but since I inevitably ended up throwing an extra handful or two into the pot ... Read More »

Olive Oil, Grape and Polenta Cake

Olive Oil, Grape and Polenta Cake

Grapes aren’t much of a baking fruit. The can be cooked, and are actually delicious when roasted, but they don’t show up in pies, muffins or cakes with any kind of real regularity. I’ve baked them into loaves of bread before with great success, and decided to create a cake that would work well with them.This cake is definitely Italian-inspired. Not only does it include ... Read More »

Buttermilk Aebleskiver

Aebleskiver pan

Aebleskiver, or ebelskiver, are small spherical pancakes. They’re traditionally Danish, but the pancakes have been enjoying an upswing in popularity lately and are a little more common now than they once were. The pancakes are often filled with fruit or jam, rather than being served with syrup. You might not see the real name associated with recipes for these little treats, though, as some stores ... Read More »

Egg Custard Tarts

Egg Custard Tart

Egg custard tarts are desserts that are popular in a number of different cultures and, while all are similar, none are quite alike. Pastal de nata, the Portuguese custard tarts, are usually cooked so that the top of the tart browns and begins to caramelize. Dan tats, Chinese egg custard tarts, have a unique flakey pastry crust and a richly eggy center. The first tarts ... Read More »

Potato Chip Cookies

Potato Chip Cookies

My day to day lunches when I was in school were varied. There was always a sandwich (pb&j, chicken, turkey, etc.), some kind of juice or fruit and usually something salty, like pretzels or chips. The best days were inevitably the days I got all of my favorites: sandwich, apple, chips and a cookie. With this in mind, I am beginning to think that these ... Read More »

Chocolate Truffle Coffee

Chocolate Truffle Coffee

This is a quick-fix coffee drink for any chocolate lover and, in my humble opinion, a bit better than your average mocha. The drink has a rich sounding name – Chocolate Truffle Coffee – but is anything but complex. All it involves is melting some chocolate truffles into hot coffee. Truffles have such a strong chocolate flavor that they are a great way to add ... Read More »

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Swiss Roll

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Swiss Roll

A swiss roll is the same thing as a jelly roll: a thin sponge cake that is rolled up into a spiral and filled with a sweet filling of some kind. The cake itself is simple and plain. Unlike butter cakes, which tend to crack or crumble when they are handled a lot, this type of sponge cake is very pliable. It is easy to ... Read More »

Banana Cinnamon Friands

Banana Cinnamon Friands

Friands are small cakes that are very popular in Australian bakeries and cafes. They’re not exclusive to Auz. and NZ, but the term does seem to be used exclusively there. They are actually a riff off of a french financier, a small pastry made with almond flour and lots of butter. The french cakes tend to be very tender, but friands are also very moist, ... Read More »

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