Wild Garlic Pesto

Wild Garlic Pesto

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Wild Garlic Pesto on Pasta is a Springtime Favorite
 
Memories Triggered by Wild Garlic
The sense of smell can trigger strong memories, no matter how faraway they may be.  Wild garlic, also known by many other names, such as ramps, spring onion, ramson, wild leek, bear’s garlic, and wood leek, is probably my most faithful olfactory trigger.  Wild garlic is not actually a variation of garlic, but rather a variation of leek.

At 16 years old I lived on a farm in Belgium as an exchange student.  Farm life was different in almost every way from my life in Los Angeles….

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Crusted Salmon for Special Occasions

Crusted Salmon for Special Occasions

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What makes Sunday family meals so simple yet so special?
After rushing around all week, Sunday rolls around and lets us slow down to enjoy our families and friends.  A meal together, a stroll in the park, or whatever else your family does to reconnect together.

 
Sunday brunch in Los Angeles
While growing up in Los Angeles, Sunday brunch was my family’s main event.  We often enjoyed bagels, lox, and cream cheese along with whitefish, creamed herring and dill pickles. At one time my father made his famous scrambled eggs with everything in it (dried salami, onions,…

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Quick Puff Pastry Dough

Quick Puff Pastry Dough

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How do you make a Quick Puff Pastry Dough?
What do you do when you want to make Puff Pastry Dough (pâte feuilletée) but don’t want to go through all the effort?  Puff Pastry Dough is ideal for appetizers, quiches, and light desserts.   It’s even on its own with a little flavored sugar drizzled on top.  This is how I use up all the leftover bits of dough.

To make a genuine Puff Pastry Dough, knead some cold butter into rectangular slabs of dough.  Fold the slabs over themselves several times.  It’s not terribly difficult but does take a certain amount of patience and rep…

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Peach, Nectarine and Plum Pie

Peach, Nectarine and Plum Pie

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What fruit pie is your favorite in the summer?
Peach, Nectarine and Plum Pie has been my family’s favorite these past few years.  We look forward to the moment when the peaches, nectarines and plums are at their freshest and fill up the grocer’s stalls at a reasonable price.  This week that ideal moment finally arrived, just in time for my daughter’s birthday celebration.

I should confess that I have not actually waited until this week to make this wonderful pie.  I’ve already been “practicing” for the past 10 days, bringing a pie to a friend’s house for dinner and making an…

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Top 5 Saffron Recipes

Top 5 Saffron Recipes

What makes saffron so special?
A couple months ago I announced the creation of a new board called Saffron Recipes! on Pinterest.

As the most expensive spice in the world, saffron is usually sold by the gram. Fortunately, you need only a small amount of saffron to give your dish the special touch of color and taste.

One reason the price is so high for saffron is that gathering it is very labor intensive. Saffron comes from the 3 stigmas of the flower of the female crocus plant. Each flower contains only 3 stigmas, which must be picked carefully by hand, separated, sorted and then dried. …

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Ginger Syrup Made at Home

Ginger Syrup Made at Home

What is the difference between ginger syrup and ginger beer?
Ginger syrup is made by cooking ginger with water and sugar until you obtain a syrupy consistency (see recipe below).  Meanwhile ginger beer is traditionally a fermented beverage created by mixing ginger syrup (once cooled) with a mother culture (ginger beer plant) and leaving this mixture to ferment for a few days.

The process for making ginger beer is very similar to the process for making other popular cultured and fermented drinks, such as Kombucha and water kefir.  Once you learn to make one, it will be easier for you to start …

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5 Easy, Tasty and Vegan Recipes for Mother’s Day

5 Easy, Tasty and Vegan Recipes for Mother’s Day

Looking for ideas for a vegan breakfast for Mother’s Day?
Here are 5 Easy, Tasty and Vegan Recipes for Mother’s Day that you and/or your kids can make without needing to know how to cook.

These recipes provide a variety of traditional breakfasts with vegans in mind.  Your mom will love any of these breakfasts, and especially the thought that goes into it.

You may adapt each of these recipes to suit the tastes of your mother or wife.  Feel free to be creative and make substitutions (especially of fruit) as you like.

These 5 recipes are not presented in any special order, as all of the…

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5 Easy and Tasty Recipes for Mother’s Day

5 Easy and Tasty Recipes for Mother’s Day

Looking for ideas for breakfast for your mother or the mother of your children?
Here are 5 Easy and Tasty Recipes for Mother’s Day that any one can make without much fuss. Ok, with a little fuss, but they all look like they’ve taken more thought and effort than they actually do. Each of these recipes are bound to put a smile on your mom’s face!

I’ve tried to select different types of breakfast to give you some ideas to start your creative thinking. Of course, each of these recipes may be adapted to suit the tastes of the mother being honored. For instance, if the recipe calls for blueberri…

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Pastry Crust: Pâte Brisée

Pastry Crust: Pâte Brisée

What is Pastry Crust?
As there are many different names to describe the same pastry crust, it can be confusing to most of us when reviewing recipes.  A new baker may think there are actually dozens of different types of pastry or pie dough.  In fact,  however, the ingredients for a flaky pie crust and a mealy pie crust are mostly the same.

It’s the size of  the fat in the dough that will determine if the dough will bake into a flaky or mealy pie crust.  Larger pieces of fat left in the dough will generally cause the baked result to be more flaky.  So if you want to prepare a more flaky cru…

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Pasta with Salmon and Avocado

Pasta with Salmon and Avocado

Pasta with Salmon and Avocado is a Perfect Dinner for Two
Fresh Colored Pasta with Salmon, Avocado and Wild Garlic Sauce is a seasonal delight.  It is quick to make, satisfying and not a worry for your waistline.  Ready in minutes, Pasta with Salmon, Avocado and Wild Garlic Sauce is ideal for an impromptu or last-minute supper with a special someone tête-à-tête.  What a dream for a weeknight supper!

While the wild garlic makes this a seasonal dish, you can easily substitute a smaller dose of ordinary garlic or fresh garlic instead.  Wild garlic, also known as ramps, has a more subtle flavo…

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