Aged Cheddar + Guinness Caramelized Shallot Cheeseball

December 18, 2011

4 large shallots, thinly sliced [1 cup] 1/2  T butter 1/2 cup Guinness beer 4 oz cream cheese [1/2 block], at room temperature 8 oz  Beecher’s Flagship or another sharp white cheddar[such as Costco’s Coastal Cheddar], grated 1 tsp Dijon mustard pinch of kosher salt several good grinds of black pepper [to taste] 1/2 cup […]

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Goat Cheese w/Tropical Fruit + Honey

July 29, 2011

Satisfy your summer taste buds by adding a tropical twist to creamy goat cheese. Simply pack up these delectable picnic goodies and locate the perfect scenery to set the mood. Heading to an outdoor concert or movie, creating a seaside spread or enjoying an afternoon on your boat?  Packing up individual portions allows each person […]

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Bacon Wrapped Scallops + Apricot Chutney

May 22, 2011

2 lbs fresh sea scallops 1 package thick bacon- I use Neiman Ranch 2/3 cup apricot preserves 1 generous tsp. whole black peppercorns  [I use tellicherry] coarsely crushed in a ziplock baggie with a meat tenderizer or the bottom of a skillet 1/3 cup prepared horseradish- after measuring, wrap in a doubled paper towel and […]

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Parmigiano + Black Pepper Scones

April 5, 2011

2 cups flour 1 T sugar 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp kosher salt 2 tsp (separated) coarsely ground pepper (I use a 5 pepper blend) 2-3 oz Parmigiano, coarsely grated 1/2 cup  (1 stick) cold butter 3/4  cup  buttermilk 1 egg, beaten Makes 8 scones. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. […]

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Bacon + Date Scones

March 3, 2011
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10 oz. thick cut bacon slices (I used 10 slices Maple Smoked) 2 cups flour 1/2 cup sugar 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder 3/4 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp kosher salt 3/4 cup chopped pitted Medjool dates 1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter 2/3 cup buttermilk raw/turbinado sugar Preheat oven to 400. Line baking […]

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Prosciutto + Cheddar Quick Bread

February 17, 2011
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1/4 cup grated good Parmigiano Reggiano 2 cups flour 1 T baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 3/4 tsp kosher salt 1/2 tsp coarse-ground pepper 1-2 T  fresh chopped herbs (I used rosemary and chives) 4 T butter, melted 1 cup buttermilk 3 eggs, room temp * 6 oz. prosciutto, pre-baked at 400 until crispy […]

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Cheese + Champagne

February 12, 2011
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Pictured clockwise above: Garrotxa, Beaufort, Pierre Robert, Piave Vechio, Chaource.   “Burgundy makes you think of silly things; Bordeaux makes you talk about them, and Champagne makes you do them!” -Jean Anthelme Brillat Savarin   It’s Valentines Day: an occasion which encourages Champagne drinking with abandon! Don’t forget about its perfect partner, artisanal cheese. It’s […]

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Old-School Caramelized Onion Dip

February 4, 2011

Ina Garten is responsible for reacquainting me with the nostalgic flavors of old-school onion dip! This grown up version is seriously weep-worthy. And not just because you’re chopping loads of onions. I’ve changed her recipe up quite a lot, and I’ll tell you why. I am not a big fan of mayo in dips because […]

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Blood Orange + Avocado Salsa w/Pomegranate Seeds

February 3, 2011

1 T fresh lime juice 1 tsp kosher or sea salt 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper 6 blood oranges (include the zest of 2 of them) 1 pomegranate (or 1 package of pre-seeded) 3 large avocados , halved, pitted, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces 2/3 cup diced red onion 2 jalapenos, seeds and […]

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Cornmeal + Cranberry Quickbread

December 6, 2010

Rustic + Hearty, all this recipe takes is 5 minutes, one bowl, and a whisk… 1 cup flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup medium-grind (or regular) cornmeal 1/2 cup sugar 1 1/2 teas salt 1 1/2 teas baking powder 1 stick butter, melted 1/2 cup pure maple syrup 2 large eggs 1 cup […]

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