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Roasted Pear Tarte Tatin

I had big plans for making Christmas dinner at my mom’s house, but it didn’t happen. There was so much food left from Christmas Eve, that we didn’t bother making a big meal. We just snacked on what was there. So, I thought I could do some of it, but the mother-in-law had her own […]

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Semester 1 is over!

The last day of this semester was December 21st, and I have been busy getting ready for Christmas instead of spending hours on my computer and writing posts. I am going to miss Chef Jones and we now move onto the cafeteria with Chef Sartain. I’m not sure what to think of him, he is […]

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Rosemary Artichoke Spread

For my practical exam, finishing this semester I was left with making a dip or spread. After going back and forth, wasting precious time, I decided on artichoke dip with flat bread. We were not allowed recipes so I had to think back to the one time I had made it before and try to […]

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Tons -o- Fudge

I have been making fudge at Christmas time for the last few years, but this year I think I went overboard. Usually it a batch with and without walnuts and a peanut butter one. Here are the types I made this year. Walnut (two 9×9 pans) Peanut Butter (two 9×9 pans) White Chocolate/Cookies and Cream […]

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Mini-Tiramisu

Using appetizer spoons, assemble ladyfingers soaked in a simple syrup, topped with Marscarpone mousse, and a drizzle of chocolate. Simple Syrup 1 cup water 1 cup sugar 2 tsp instant coffee 1 tsp amaretto liqueur Put sugar and water in saucepan and bring to a simmer, dissolving all the sugar. Remove from heat and add […]

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Chocolate Lava Cake

This dessert is meant to be partially under-cooked. When testing with a toothpick, the top should be set, but the middle come out still wet with batter. 10 oz bitter/semisweet chocolate (chips or chopped) 4 oz butter 1 tbsp coffee liqueur Melt in a double boiler and cool slightly 4 eggs 4 yolks 5 oz […]

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A Basic Emulsified Vinaigrette Dressing

By using various vinegars and oils, you can create your own vinaigrette to fit your menu! 1 shallot, minced 1 1/2 tbsp dijon mustard 1/2 cup vinegar (including champagne, balsamic, red wine and others) 1 1/2 cup salad oil or mixture of salad oil and olive oil 1 tbsp water if needed salt and pepper […]

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Skillet Corn

Here is a recipe for a potentially spicy corn side dish. The proportions and types of peppers are as you desire. These are approximate: 4 slices bacon 1-1/2 cup onion, small dice 1 cup red bell pepper, small dice 1/4 cup jalapeno peppers, small dice (or other spicy pepper) 2 cloves garlic, minced 6 cups […]

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How to Blind Bake

Here are two methods to help keep your pie crust from bubbling up and becoming uneven. Beans: Cover your pie crust with parchment paper and fill with dried beans. I have also seen a product on Amazon that is small ceramic balls that do the same job. Tin and Beans: Place parchment paper on the […]

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I brought the bread for Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, I escaped having to make THE dinner. We had it at my mom’s house and she cooked it all. My only responsibility was to bring bread, but instead I made some fresh stuff. I used a “soft roll” recipe and made a seasoned butter to go with. I helped supervise everything as it […]