Banana Pie Baked Upside-Down in Caramel

Banana Pie Baked Upside-Down in Caramel

Banana Pie or Banana Tarte Tatin?

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What is a tarte tatin?

A tarte tatin is a pie that is made upside down. Most people think the term tarte tatin refers only to a French apple pie, as this is the most famous version of a tarte tatin. However, you can make a tarte tatin with any fruit. You can even make a savory version with vegetables. See for instance my recipes for a Belgian Endive Pie and a Tomato Tarte Tatin.

A tarte tatin usually starts by caramelizing your featured fruit or vegetable in a little butter and sugar in a pan. Next you roll out dough on to…

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Swiss Chard Pie with Parsley and Cheese

Swiss Chard Pie with Parsley and Cheese

What is a Swiss Chard Pie?

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It’s a pie in the same sense that pizzas, quiches and other similar savory dishes can be considered a pie.  It starts with a layer of dough on the bottom, then is topped with a mixture of Swiss chard, parsley, onions and cheese, and finally is baked in the oven until golden brown.

What Inspired this Unique Dish?

I have Georgian and Belgian cuisines to thank for inspiring me to make this super delicious combination.  When I say Georgia, I mean the Causcasus country, not the US state.

Georgian inspiration

Last spring I had th…

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Tasting Georgia – Sharing A Culinary Journey

Tasting Georgia – Sharing A Culinary Journey

Discovering Tasting Georgia
IACP Conference
Last year, I joined the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) in order to meet colleagues from around the world and to share experiences.  IACP offers loads of resources besides networking opportunities.  For example, it organizes webinars and other knowledge-sharing activities to help its members become better culinary professionals.

At this year’s IACP conference, I discovered so many wonderful cookbooks.  General cookbooks, regional cookbooks, thematic cookbooks, all kinds of cookbooks.  Well, identifying and promoting ne…

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Sourdough Pizza Crust – Healthy and Homemade

Sourdough Pizza Crust – Healthy and Homemade

Who Doesn’t Love Pizza?
Pizza can be found all over the world.  Thin crust pizza, deep dish pizza, round pizza, square pizza, all kinds of pizza.

What distinguishes a good pizza is its crust, sauce and choice of toppings.  The way the pizza is baked also influences its flavor and texture.

I will write more about each of these components in a separate post about pizza making.  Here I will focus on pizza crust, and more specifically on sourdough pizza crust, and the way it acts as the foundation for your pizza.

 
Selecting Your Pizza Crust
Yeast Pizza Crust
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Sourdough Pancakes – Sweet or Savory

Sourdough Pancakes – Sweet or Savory

Sourdough Pancakes Prepared in 5 Minutes
If you have sourdough starter, you can make sourdough pancakes in 5 minutes.  Once made, sourdough pancakes can be eaten on their own, like ordinary pancakes. Or you can use them to replace bread in various savory toast or sandwich options.  Sourdough pancakes are so versatile and an easy way to use up excess sourdough starter!

Did I mention that sourdough pancakes are vegan?  Well, they are vegan, as well as dairy free and essentially fat free.  In addition, the Basic Sourdough Pancakes require only one ingredient:  sourdough …

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How to Make Authentic Speculoos Cookies

How to Make Authentic Speculoos Cookies

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Seasonal Traditions Help Mark Time
My family has several recipes that help us celebrate the passage of seasons and holidays.  We feel bound by tradition to make theses dishes each year.  For instance, we prepare Speculoos cookies for Thanksgiving and St. Nicholas Day.  Below are other seasonal traditions in our home:

In the winter, we prepare French Onion Soup and Belgian Beef Carbonnade.  In Belgium and France, French Onion Soup often helps celebrate the New Year.  It’s perfect in the middle of winter after a night of celebration.  The soup is served in the wee hours…

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Roasted Beets and Fennel on Pasta

Roasted Beets and Fennel on Pasta

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How an Accident Became a Favorite Dish
Sometimes it’s hard to find inspiration for meals when you’re cooking for yourself.  Why spend a lot of time to prepare a dish that you’re probably going to eat quickly?

Well, this past year I’ve made Roasted Beets and Fennel on Pasta several times.  It started off as an accident.  One day I wanted to make a meal that required little effort with the ingredients in my refrigerator.  And this dish was the happy result.

 
Red Beets
I usually have red beets in my refrigerator, as I love them prepared so many ways.  I’ll throw…

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Salmon Lasagna With A Butternut Squash Option

Salmon Lasagna With A Butternut Squash Option

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Salmon Lasagna for a Special Family Meal
Mother’s Day
Last Mother’s Day, I invited my family to my home for lunch.  I planned to make roasted baby back ribs, one of my mother’s favorite dishes, along with cole slaw, and baked beans.   Unfortunately, my father became hospitalized so we postponed our family lunch.

 
A Daughter’s Visit
Planning the Meal
Recently my daughter came to Los Angeles to visit my family and me for a month.  I therefore rescheduled our special family meal for her last Sunday here.  Since my daughter is also a food blogger, writing at Eat w…

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English Toffee Made at Home

English Toffee Made at Home

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What’s the Difference between English Toffee and Almond Roca?
English toffee and Almond Roca are pretty much the same thing.  While English toffee describes a hardened caramel topped with chopped nuts and chocolate, Almond Roca refers to a brand name for the same treat.

Brown & Haley Co. from Tacoma, Washington has been making  Almond Roca since 1914. In the United States, Almond Roca has become synonymous for English toffee.  Almost everyone grew up eating toffee wrapped in gold foil out of their instantly-recognizable pink tins.   In our home, we offered either Almo…

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Trustworthy Sourdough Bread at Home

Trustworthy Sourdough Bread at Home

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Sourdough Bread is My Favorite Type of Bread
Over the past twenty years I’ve made dozens of loaves of bread.  Quick breads, yeast breads and sourdough breads.  Not all breads have turned out perfectly.  Yet, the process of making bread is always enjoyable.

As the name suggests, quick breads do not require time to rise.  Generally you add baking soda or baking powder to the recipe so your baked goods will rise in the oven.  Sometimes you need to add an acidic agent, such as buttermilk or yogurt, to help the baking soda work properly.

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Healthy Vegan Protein Granola Bars

Healthy Vegan Protein Granola Bars

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Why Should You Make Granola Bars?
Choices on the Market
It’s amazing how large the choice is for nutritious food bars in the United States.  Almost any grocery store, drugstore, hotel lobby, fitness center, or other establishment selling snacks will have a variety of food bars for sale.  For instance, there are fruit bars, nut bars, protein bars, granola bars, fitness bars, and many other types of bars carrying different names available to purchase.

Well-known and newer brands compete strongly for this high-end market dedicated to people active in sports, craving a…

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A Basic Sourdough Starter Guide

A Basic Sourdough Starter Guide

What is Sourdough Starter?
Sourdough starter is a mixture customarily made with flour and water, yet can include other ingredients, such as organic grapes or figs.  It captures the wild yeast present in flour to create a rising agent to be used in baking.  It therefore replaces cake yeast, dry yeast, or other forms of baking yeast.

You may replace sourdough starter for yeast or other rising agents, such as baking powder, in any recipe.  You may need to play a little to find the right amount of sourdough starter needed, as much will depend on your starter’s potency.  The result might not be…

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Super Foods to Keep Health Well

Super Foods to Keep Health Well

What Super Foods to Eat to Stay Healthy
We all wonder what we need to eat to stay healthy.  Everywhere we look there’s advice on a new diet to follow, the latest foods to eat to live forever, and the required physical exercises to do to stay in shape.

All this information can be a bit overwhelming and confusing.  Fortunately, here’s an infographic created by Susan Conley at Cook the Stone summarizing a list of superfoods to add to your diet, along with their health benefits.

 

 

 

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Restaurants in Los Angeles – Reviews of Places to Eat

Restaurants in Los Angeles – Reviews of Places to Eat

A Running List of Places to Eat in Los Angeles
Lately I haven’t been able to write my restaurant reviews as frequently as I eat out.  So many of the places I haven’t reviewed in the past are really worth mentioning on my blog.   Some may be even better than restaurants in Los Angeles I’ve reviewed at greater length.

So here you will find a running list of places where you can eat and drink in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area.  These reviews will not be comprehensive, but rather summaries to share my experiences to help you find new places to try.

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A Guide For Making Bread at Home

A Guide For Making Bread at Home

Is Making Bread a Chore or Passion?
I’ve been making bread for more than twenty years.  Not continuously, yet periodically in long spurts over the years.  As you might have noticed from my other recipes on this site, I love making all kinds of dough for pastries, pasta and bread.

Friends often ask why I bother to make my own bread.  Isn’t it time consuming and difficult?  Yes, I respond, it takes time and requires a certain amount of skills.

Nevertheless, almost nothing feels more rewarding than making your own bread.   After making bread a couple times, the feeling of reward will turn …

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