Persian Saffron-Scented Rice Pilaf

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This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_8564-2-e1611524829864.jpgThis is a nice change of pace from regular rice.  Truth be told, The Goddess isn’t too enamored with rice.  Oh, it has its purpose.  Rice is good as a sponge to suck up sauces, but The Goddess will always, always take potatoes.  But, this rice…mmmmm!  This rice pilaf is delicious.   Continue reading

Not Hollandaise Sauce Sauce

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No, you didn’t misread that.  This is “almost” hollandaise sauce.  It looks like it.  It tastes like it…so what’s the deal?  Well, no butter!  Yes!  Now you’re asking, why, for the love of all that’s holy in the kitchen, wouldn’t you want butter in a hollandaise sauce?  Let’s face it, hollandaise has to be made last minute…it really does.  It doesn’t reheat well and it’s a bit on the rich side, right?  This has all the really good properties of a real-deal hollandaise sauce, but without the drawbacks…and you can have more without feeling like over-stuffed! Continue reading

Holiday Cheese Ball

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This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_5921.jpgAt our house, a cheese ball is synonymous with the holiday buffet table.  I it’s perfect holiday food…best made ahead, keeps well and is just plain delicious.  Have you ever really tasted a bad cheese ball?  I haven’t, but this one is stellar.  Continue reading

Baked Chicken with General Tso’s-Orange Sauce

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Baked Chicken with General Tso's-Orange SauceThis General Tso’s chicken is different, not the usual take-out variety.  First, the chicken isn’t diced, but left in pieces and then roasted.  Secondly, this really combines General Tso’s sauce with some orange zest and juice, creating the best of both worlds, General Tso’s and Orange chicken.  Both of The Goddess’s favorites, rolled into one lovely dish.  Continue reading

Sometimes You Feel Like a Spicy, Savory Mixed Nut

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This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_6967-2.jpgI received a jar of delicious mixed nuts for my birthday.  The Unbound Reader and Middle Son, we the source of this goodness.  These nuts (not the children!) were addictive.  I’m certain you noticed that past tense reference.  They were crisp, ever so slightly sweet and salty, with a really savory spice flavor.  Well, I thought it worthwhile to try and reproduce them in far greater quantity.  This is that experiment.  Continue reading

Flexible Roll Dough, Sweet or Savory

Not a very sexy title, is that?  I was going to call it “The Tale of Two Coils” but, I decided a straight-forward, actual description was the way to go.  So here we are.  And it’s a pretty delicious place to be.  This is my basic, go to roll dough recipe, but with options!  Continue reading

Braised Eggplant with Warm Spices, Walnuts and Pomegranate Molasses

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I love eggplant…my favorite ways are usually the way the Asian use them.  Salty, sweet with a crispy exterior and a creamy interior…but, then there’s baba ganoush.  And the Brazilians serve it simply grilled, with maybe a drizzle of olive oil and vinegar.  Okay…so it really doesn’t matter in what cuisine the flavors lay, I’m there for eggplant!  Continue reading

Rich, Decadent Brownie Torte with Coconut-Pecan Icing

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_0199-2-e1605033582175.jpgThis is astoundingly delicious.  You can feel your arteries clogging and you don’t care, as you reach for another piece.  The Goddess loves German Chocolate Cake, but when she says this, well, let’s just say that she’s moved on to the dark side.  Dark chocolate.  Yeah.  What were you thinking anyway?  I ran across a recipe for a German chocolate sort of thing and I thought that seemed like a decent idea.  But, of course, I totally messed with it and changed it around, adding things and taking things away.  This is the end result.  Continue reading

Jamaican Patties

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The Spicy Honey loves Jamaican patties.  They’re spicy (like him!) and just a quick, full-flavored bite, that’s perfect for lunch or a snack or dinner or breakfast.  In other words, good any time, any place.  Continue reading

Brussels Sprout, Fennel and Leek Soup

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This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is img_0474.jpgBrussels Sprout and Fennel Chowder.  Hmmmm.  Intriguing, no?  There’s cabbage soup, so why not Brussels sprouts, in liquid form.  Well, folks, it works and it works well.  This soup is vegetarian, even vegan, if you omit the cheese (but why would you?).  It’s filling, without being heavy. And most importantly, it just tastes really, really delicious.  Continue reading