Monthly Archives: December 2009

Daring Cooks Challenge: Salmon en Croute

December Challenge: Salmon en Croute

The 2009 Daring Cooks challenge was hosted by Simone of Junglefrog Cooking. Simone chose Salmon en Croute (or alternative recipes for Beef Wellington or Vegetable en Croute) from Good Food Online.

Overall, this dish came out very well. The pastry-wrapped fish is not really to my taste, however, so I wouldn’t opt to make this again. I would much prefer a simple broiled salmon with butter and lemon to this. But, if it appeals to you, I can vouch that it is quite good.December Challenge: Salmon en Croute

The 2009 Daring Cooks challenge was hosted by Simone of Junglefrog Cooking. Simone chose Salmon en Croute (or alternative recipes for Beef Wellington or Vegetable en Croute) from Good Food Online.

Overall, this dish came out very well. The pastry-wrapped fish is not really to my taste, however, so I wouldn’t opt to make this again. I would much prefer a simple broiled salmon with butter and lemon to this. But, if it appeals to you, I can vouch that it is quite good.

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Flourless Chocolate Cake (With a Twist)

Flourless Chocolate Bean Cake

A flourless chocolate cake made from beans? That I have to try. It’s just so out there, at least to my mind, that I really want to see if it works and if it really, honestly, truly tastes like chocolate fudge cake.

The verdict? Soft, fudgey and definitely chocolatey. Guilt-free chocoholism at its finest. The Truvia worked well, though I wonder if I cooked it even slower than might have been strictly necessary. Flourless Chocolate Bean Cake

A flourless chocolate cake made from beans? That I have to try. It’s just so out there, at least to my mind, that I really want to see if it works and if it really, honestly, truly tastes like chocolate fudge cake.

The verdict? Soft, fudgey and definitely chocolatey. Guilt-free chocoholism at its finest. The Truvia worked well, though I wonder if I cooked it even slower than might have been strictly necessary.

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Happy Anniversary to us!

Yesterday was my husband and I’s 1st anniversary. We’d been discussing what we should do for a few months, floated the idea of going to our tiny town’s new fancy restaurant, Sostanza, and mused over our options.

In the end, we decided to stay home and cook a multi-course meal of some of our favorite dishes. Yesterday was my husband and I’s 1st anniversary. We’d been discussing what we should do for a few months, floated the idea of going to our tiny town’s new fancy restaurant, Sostanza, and mused over our options.

In the end, we decided to stay home and cook a multi-course meal of some of our favorite dishes.

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Black Bean & Bacon Soup

Black Bean & Bacon Soup

This is one of those “kitchen sink” soups. I was going to make my favorite Spicy Black Bean Soup but I didn’t have some of the ingredients, so instead, I just threw in what I had and wanted to use up. Soups are forgiving that way. And adding collard greens or chard adds a lot of nutrients and vitamins, not to mention flavor.

So, in short, if you don’t have everything in the recipe, throw in what you do have. It will still be good.Black Bean & Bacon Soup

This is one of those “kitchen sink” soups. I was going to make my favorite Spicy Black Bean Soup but I didn’t have some of the ingredients, so instead, I just threw in what I had and wanted to use up. Soups are forgiving that way. And adding collard greens or chard adds a lot of nutrients and vitamins, not to mention flavor.

So, in short, if you don’t have everything in the recipe, throw in what you do have. It will still be good.

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Caribbean Rice and Beans

Caribbean Rice and Beans

“We have got to have this again,” said my husband as he polished off a second helping.

“I agree but next time, let’s not forget the salt,” I replied.
Caribbean Rice and Beans

“We have got to have this again,” said my husband as he polished off a second helping.

“I agree but next time, let’s not forget the salt,” I replied.

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German Chocolate Pie

German Chocolate Pie

Now, I’m used to having this at restaurants (like the aforementioned two) and I remember it being this creamy, pale chocolate with chunks of pecan and coconut. I’ve never made such a pie before (not that I’d let that stop me) and started hunting around for a recipe.

This is not the light, creamy, soft chocolate pie I was expecting. (Maybe I should have looked for a “silk” pie?) Instead, this is a dark, rich and extremely good pie. German Chocolate Pie

Now, I’m used to having this at restaurants (like the aforementioned two) and I remember it being this creamy, pale chocolate with chunks of pecan and coconut. I’ve never made such a pie before (not that I’d let that stop me) and started hunting around for a recipe.

This is not the light, creamy, soft chocolate pie I was expecting. (Maybe I should have looked for a “silk” pie?) Instead, this is a dark, rich and extremely good pie.

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