Seafood Lasagna

Seafood Lasagna

The Italian name for this dish is Pasticcio di Pesce which, translated, is pasta baked in a creamy seafood sauce, it actually is very similar to the seafood lasagna that I have been preparing for years, although when I make my seafood lasagna I include cheese in the layering. 

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Apple Frangipane Tart

Apple Frangipane Tart

Not too long ago I posted a pear frangipane tart recipe which was the modern version of an old French recipe.  Today I decided to make an apple frangipane tart from my Classic French cookbook.  This tart is made with the original custard-type filling and the poached apples are arranged on top of the custard to…

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red velvet cupcake

Red Velvet Cupcakes

I get a lot of requests for red velvet cake and this is an amazingly perfect recipe for red velvet. The cake itself is tender, moist and soft. The cream cheese frosting is silky, smooth and creamy. It is the perfect compliment to the red velvet cake and practically a must! The deep red color…

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Herbed Pot Roast

Herbed Pot Roast

We had our first snow-fall of the season during the night and woke up with some white stuff all over the ground.  Not a lot but just a light dusting.  What a good day to do a slow-cooking herbed pot roast for dinner. 

Shrimp Cocktail Appetizers

Shrimp Cocktail Appetizers

  With Thanksgiving over and Christmas very near it has been a busy, hectic time at our house and I have been thinking of fast, easy appetizers to serve guests.  These shrimp cocktail appetizers are perfect! 

Ferrero-Rocher Profiteroles

Ferrero-Rocher Profiteroles

I love those little gold balls of Ferrero-Rocher chocolates and usually buy some at Christmas time.  I have been seeing them advertised on television lately, maybe because Christmas is looming near?   Last week, during one of their advertisements I was inspired to make these Ferrero-Rocher Profiteroles and it has been a really fun project.  This…

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Pear Paste

Pear Paste

A couple months ago I was shopping at Central Market and as I strolled through the deli section I noticed a display of cheese on a cheese board and a lady was serving samples of cheddar cheese cubes on toothpicks with a cube of what looked like very firm jelly.  She told me that it…

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Smokey Split-Pea Soup

Smokey Split-Pea Soup

  Brrrrr…this is a really cold morning, Jack Frost left us a thick layer of ice last night and I am going to cook up a nice hot batch of smokey split-pea soup.  It should be ready by lunch-time when Don comes in from whatever project he is working on in the cold garage.  He…

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fall cake design

Fall Leaves and Pumpkins Cake Design

This was a fun cake to make for the fall season.  The rustic design is easy to make yet will look impressive as a centerpiece on a small cake table. The cake itself was a pumpkin spice cake.

Goat Cheese-Sweet Red Pepper Bruschetta

Goat Cheese-Sweet Red Pepper Bruschetta

Last summer I grilled up a lot of Italian Sweet Peppers and preserved some of them in jars for the refrigerator.  I also froze a bunch of them and packaged them in my vacuum sealer to save for a rainy winter day.  Well, that day has arrived and I have rescued them from the freezer…

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Crisp-Triple-Lemon-Cookies

Crisp Triple-Lemon Cookies

I love lemon and use it in many recipes and when I wanted a nice crisp lemon cookie for my Lemon Cream Icebox cake I developed a recipe for these crisp triple-lemon cookies specially for the cake.  It is really crisp and has an intense lemon flavor with lemon juice, lemon zest and pure lemon oil and…

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turkey pot pie

Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey pot pie is really quite easy and quick to make, especially if you’re using leftover turkey from Thanksgiving dinner.  Dice up some fresh vegetables, herbs and garlic, then cook them in a pot and mix in some flour, which will help thicken the sauce. Stir in the liquid, cook for a bit, then add frozen veggies…

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sweet potato jalepeno mash

Sweet Potato Jalapeño Mash

A coworker had told me about a sweet potato hash that he had at a restaurant in Seattle. It had jalapeños mashed in with the sweet potatoes and his description got me yearning to try the combination for a Thanksgiving side dish. The flesh of the jalapeño peppers becomes mild and sweetens up when it…

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