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Slow Roasted Long Island Duckling with Honey Apple Cider Glaze

Nov 30, 13 Slow Roasted Long Island Duckling with Honey Apple Cider Glaze

Posted by in Recipes, Savory

Quack, quack!! Let me tell you a little secret…none of our family particularly likes turkey. Shhh, don’t tell. While it is customary to serve gobblers on Thanksgiving Day, for our 2013 menu we opted for duck, a meat that A) we don’t have every day so it feels special, and B) every single member of the family, even...

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Potatoes au Gratin et Moutarde

Nov 30, 13 Potatoes au Gratin et Moutarde

Posted by in Recipes, Savory

I’m writing this post and it’s making me drool. That is how much I love this “oldie but goodie” family recipe. Well, it’s not THAT old, but it’s older than the kids. Back in 2000 or so, Simon sighed heavily as we walked through the supermarket. “I’m bored with potatoes,” he...

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Chocolate Mousse Layer Cake with Ganache

Nov 29, 13 Chocolate Mousse Layer Cake with Ganache

Posted by in Recipes, Sweet

You know how sometimes you get overwhelmed when making a big meal? Even if you’re not entertaining lots of guests, the timing of getting all those dishes on the table can be daunting. For that reason, anytime I can add a cold dish to the meal, I’m thrilled. Cold dishes don’t have to be perfectly timed, and they...

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Quick and Easy Buttermilk in Small Quantities

Buttermilk. It’s smelly. It’s hard to find in supermarkets and you always have to buy WAY more than you need. Why is it that you always find yourself needing a cup, 1/2 cup or 1/4 cup in recipes? After buying it a few times, then having to fumigate the fridge after the rest of it went off, a timeframe which seems to be...

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Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Zest Using My Onion Chopper

Nov 29, 13 Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Zest Using My Onion Chopper

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Yes, I used my Onion Chopper for this recipe, and it worked out really, really well. You can use a food processor, of course, but dare I mention that my chopper is on Groupon right now as part of a special Black Friday sale?? This is a great side dish, adapted from the New York Times food section, originally adapted by those folks...

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Spiced Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup

Nov 29, 13 Spiced Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup

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I admit freely that this recipe indulges my deep satisfaction with grinding spices. I feel like an old-school cook when making spice blends. And you don’t need to buy a fancy grinder. At one point I found myself with a whole bunch of coffee grinders, so I simply repurposed a small one for spices — done! We served this...

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Thanksgiving Dinner 2013

Nov 28, 13 Thanksgiving Dinner 2013

Posted by in Family Stuff, Recipes

Hope everyone who is celebrating Thanksgiving has a wonderful day and a fantastic meal!  Here’s what we’ll be serving today, and I will fill in recipes to hyperlink each one in the days to come, but in the meantime I’m going to be busy in the kitchen putting it all together… TO BEGIN Spiced Pumpkin and Sweet...

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Before Dinner…What’s for Thanksgiving BREAKFAST?

Nov 27, 13 Before Dinner…What’s for Thanksgiving BREAKFAST?

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Are you cooking and baking yet? I’m absolutely not, though I will be in an hour or so… One thing that has bugged me in Thanksgivings past is not giving enough thought to breakfast. Yes, I could run over to the bakery and just buy a bunch of pastries to have with coffee, but then you’re starving by the time the...

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