Monthly Archives: September 2009

Free-Form Peach Galette

Free Form Peach Galette

Galettes.

I’d made one before, but I didn’t like how it came out, so since I knew I had fantastic peaches, I knew I wanted a simple, simple recipe to showcase them. I found a likely contender at Smitten Kitchen, who takes photos that I can only dream of achieving one day.

I made my own adjustments, as always, and the galette came out perfectly. Beautifully golden-brown, not too sweet, extremely flavorful thanks to the ripe peaches, with just enough dark undercurrent to make everything ‘pop’. Free Form Peach Galette

Galettes.

I’d made one before, but I didn’t like how it came out, so since I knew I had fantastic peaches, I knew I wanted a simple, simple recipe to showcase them. I found a likely contender at Smitten Kitchen, who takes photos that I can only dream of achieving one day.

I made my own adjustments, as always, and the galette came out perfectly. Beautifully golden-brown, not too sweet, extremely flavorful thanks to the ripe peaches, with just enough dark undercurrent to make everything ‘pop’.

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No-Cook Freezer Jam

Half-Pints of Raspberry

I had no idea freezer canning was so damn simple!

Now, these preserves are very fresh and spreadable, so only use absolutely ripe fruit. Canning fruit is usually blemished and banged up, but the flavor is the only thing that matters. Half-Pints of Raspberry

I had no idea freezer canning was so damn simple!

Now, these preserves are very fresh and spreadable, so only use absolutely ripe fruit. Canning fruit is usually blemished and banged up, but the flavor is the only thing that matters.

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Daring Kitchen September Challenge: Dosas

Dosas

It’s September 14th, do you know what day it is? It’s the day for Daring Cooks’ Challenges to be unveiled!

This month, we were challenged to cook a fully vegan meal, meaning no animal products whatsoever. Debyi of Healthy Vegan Kitchen selected Indian Dosas from reFresh: Contemporary Vegan Recipes From the Award Winning Fresh Restaurants by Ruth Tal. Dosas

It’s September 14th, do you know what day it is? It’s the day for Daring Cooks’ Challenges to be unveiled!

This month, we were challenged to cook a fully vegan meal, meaning no animal products whatsoever. Debyi of Healthy Vegan Kitchen selected Indian Dosas from reFresh: Contemporary Vegan Recipes From the Award Winning Fresh Restaurants by Ruth Tal.

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Cocoa Brownies

Cocoa Brownies

Finally, I found it. I should have guessed it would be from Alton Brown, one of my favorite and most trusted chefs ever. Once I made this recipe, I decided further research was really no longer necessary: this became my go-to brownie recipe. I would periodically have affairs, trying out different brownie recipes because they sounded interesting, but I always came back to this one. It’s decadent, fudgey and flakey, and definitely needs a cold glass of milk to wash it down.Cocoa Brownies

Finally, I found it. I should have guessed it would be from Alton Brown, one of my favorite and most trusted chefs ever. Once I made this recipe, I decided further research was really no longer necessary: this became my go-to brownie recipe. I would periodically have affairs, trying out different brownie recipes because they sounded interesting, but I always came back to this one. It’s decadent, fudgey and flakey, and definitely needs a cold glass of milk to wash it down.

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Burkānu salāti (Carrot Salad)

Burkānu salāti

I admit, this is a strange one. It doesn’t seem as if it’d be good, but that’s where the assumption is wrong: this has become one of my favorite side salads. It’s best paired with strong flavors, like red wine sausage or marinated pork tenderloin. I also try to make this first when preparing dinner so that it can rest in the fridge and blend the flavors. Burkānu salāti

I admit, this is a strange one. It doesn’t seem as if it’d be good, but that’s where the assumption is wrong: this has become one of my favorite side salads. It’s best paired with strong flavors, like red wine sausage or marinated pork tenderloin. I also try to make this first when preparing dinner so that it can rest in the fridge and blend the flavors.

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Wedding Cookies

Wedding Cookies

I’ve seen them called Mexican Wedding Cookies and Italian Wedding Cookies. Honestly, I don’t really know how “traditional” these little cookies are, but I do know they came out quite well. It’s an easy, basic recipe, but as with many recipes calling for only a few ingredients, the quality of the ingredients you use will stand out. Wedding Cookies

I’ve seen them called Mexican Wedding Cookies and Italian Wedding Cookies. Honestly, I don’t really know how “traditional” these little cookies are, but I do know they came out quite well. It’s an easy, basic recipe, but as with many recipes calling for only a few ingredients, the quality of the ingredients you use will stand out.

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Make-Your-Own Taco Seasoning (Hot and Mild From Scratch)

Taco Seasoning - Ready to use

While you can buy a packet of taco seasoning at the store, it’s really a shame because of how cheap and easy it is to make your own at home, provided you have a well-stocked spice cabinet. (I, er, tend to collect spices. It’s sad.)

This is one we put together today for some of our beef. I’ve written our version up as the Hot and Spicy! but I’ve also included a Mild and Tasty! version that uses spices most common to the average cupboard.Taco Seasoning - Ready to use

While you can buy a packet of taco seasoning at the store, it’s really a shame because of how cheap and easy it is to make your own at home, provided you have a well-stocked spice cabinet. (I, er, tend to collect spices. It’s sad.)

This is one we put together today for some of our beef. I’ve written our version up as the Hot and Spicy! but I’ve also included a Mild and Tasty! version that uses spices most common to the average cupboard.

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