Classic Steak Tartare

Steak tartare is a classic, cherished dish that is as relevant today as it was an hundred years ago.  Chopped raw steak is binded together with raw eggs and combined with a sauce of mustard, oil, capers, parsley, and other flavorful ingredients.  Remember to use the freshest ingredients possible for this dish, preferably from a… Continue reading Classic Steak Tartare

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Guinness & Beef Pie

A traditional British dish, this is a hearty meal to serve on St. Patrick’s Day or anytime there’s a chill in the air!  This meaty pot pie is stuffed with savory, seasoned beef and lots of vegetables and herbs. Ingredients 2 pounds boneless beef chuck or brisket, cut into 1-inch pieces 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour… Continue reading Guinness & Beef Pie

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Blueberry Muffin Skillet Cake

Cast-iron skillets are wonderful for cooking cakes and cornbreads.  They heat evenly and create a beautifully textured crust.  This cake recipe is basically a giant blueberry muffin – very flavorful and moist. Set your cake on the table still in the cast-iron skillet for a dramatic effect. Your guests will love it! http://cookingfun.space/recipes/homemade-blueberry-muffin-skillet-cake/ Ingredients 8… Continue reading Blueberry Muffin Skillet Cake

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Ten Best Cookbooks to Give or Get

You don’t have to love cooking to love cookbooks. Many modern cookbooks have beautiful photography and/or fascinating stories or essays making the recipes almost superfluous. 2008 was an exceptional year for cookbook lovers with incredible releases from an array of culinary greats: Achatz, Blumenthal, Adrià, Ramsay, Ripert, and Thomas Keller. Here is a list of… Continue reading Ten Best Cookbooks to Give or Get

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Lemon Ricotta Fritters with Strawberry-Rhubarb Sauce

Light, sugary puffs of fried dough – a sweet, delicious treat that is elegant and easy to prepare. Flavored with lemon zest, these fritters taste amazing with the strawberry-rhubarb sauce.  If you’re short on time you can substitute store-bought chocolate sauce or even a nice fruit jam. Ingredients For the Fritters: 4 to 6 cups… Continue reading Lemon Ricotta Fritters with Strawberry-Rhubarb Sauce

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Croque Madame

The croque madame is a wonderful version of a croque monsieur with a fried egg on top.  Everything is better with a perfectly fried egg on top!  The egg is cooked with the yolk still runny so it oozes out after the first bite.  Delightful!  If you’re unfamiliar with a croque monsieur, it is basically… Continue reading Croque Madame

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Simple Buttermilk Pound Cake

Pound cake is delicious all by itself and is everyone’s favorite to munch on. Pound cake is also a wonderful base for creating all sorts of desserts.  Serve with ice cream, chocolate sauce, cream sauces, fruit sauces.  You can even apply frosting or fondant to your pound cake to create something more elegant.  Keep a… Continue reading Simple Buttermilk Pound Cake

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