Recipes

DIY Mocha

I’ve been pretty happy with the AeroPress (thanks for the suggestion, Scott!) for in-home mocha making.  For the first several dozen cups, I dutifully followed the instructions. It worked pretty well. But as one who gets bored with routine, I experimented and spoke with other AeroPress owners who have deviated from the norm. The subject …

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Cherry Dutch Baby

Ah, cherry season! Cherry Dutch Baby 3/4 C flour 2 T granulated sugar 3/4 C milk 3 eggs 1/4 t salt half stick butter 2 C pitted, Bing cherries powdered sugar Preheat oven to 425°F. (If using a convection oven, try 390°F) Combine flour, sugar, milk, eggs and salt in a blender until smooth. In …

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Rosemary and Walnut pasta

Tuesday’s dinner was Rosmarino E Noci. The combination of anchovies, cayenne and garlic is great for a presentation that you want to end prematurely, if you know what I mean. The recipe serves two, but can easily be doubled. Rosemary and Walnut pasta (adapted from Williams-Sonoma Pasta Sauces) Ingredients Spiral pasta (something that will hold …

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Apple Pie-za

(The absence has been from too much working and not enough playing. That, and I’ve had a bit of writer’s block.) Today’s pizza was a departure from the usual combinations of artichoke hearts, feta, pepperoni, red peppers and mushrooms that usually adorn my pizzas. Once my dinner guests got past the idea that they were …

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Blackberry Cobbler

Blackberries grow wild in the greenbelt behind my house.. and everywhere else, it seems. The plants are nasty, with thorns on everything. Blackberry tentacles ensnare other plants, sometimes growing straight up, then over anything in their path. Along roads, it’s common to see the shoots sticking out well into the pedestrian lane/shoulder. This leaves the …

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Chocolate Cherry Loaf

For this recipe, you’ll want to invest in a cherry pitter. The… best… gadget… this time of year. (I have an el cheapo plastic one, $5 at the local kitchen store.) This works best with the red, bing cherries. Wear an apron! Chocolate Cherry Loaf (adapted from Carol Gelles’ “1,000 Vegetarian Recipes”) 1/2 pound fresh …

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Roasting coffee

Last year a coworker was planning to buy a bag of high-quality raw coffee beans from the San Cristobal Coffee Company. Although he drinks impressive quantities of coffee, he didn’t want all 95+ pounds. He offered to let some of us get in on the deal. I ended up with ten pounds’ worth of raw …

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