Monthly Archives: December 2012

Fried Cauliflower with Tahini and Pomegranate

This was the only Christmas Day recipe we spent much preparation time on, and even this recipe is straightforward. We have many dinner guests that view cauliflower the way the elder George Bush did broccoli. We were determined to change … Continue reading

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Garlic Haricots Verts

Calling young green beans haricots verts is nearly as pretentious as the alternate pronunciations for “tomato” and “endive.” Haricot vert is French for green beans. Haricot means beans and vert means green. French green beans are longer and thinner than most American varieties. They are also … Continue reading

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Fabulous Beef Tenderloin

So now it’s time to move on to the menu for Christmas Day. These menu items have a theme: easier, quicker preparation and serving than the recipes on the Christmas Eve menu. We think this is a good idea, because … Continue reading

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Salted Caramel and Vanilla Baked Cheesecake

The itinerant baker in the family is home from college, so she forced her way into our kitchen and made this cheesecake, then forced us to eat for Christmas Eve dinner! Seriously, we welcome her presence in our kitchen, and … Continue reading

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Pear and Winter Lettuce Salad

We have often heard the cliche, “the most expensive food is the food you throw away.” In an effort to avoid such expense, we needed a salad recipe that would allow us to use some ripe pears we had on … Continue reading

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Sweet and Spicy Roast Vegetables

If you are a follower of our blog, you may have noticed we have several dishes for root vegetables. There are two reasons for this. First, we like root vegetables, and we think they are a part of home cooking … Continue reading

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Roasted Strawberry Chutney

One of us is tired of cranberries. Now, we don’t want to offend the holiday purists (especially those at Thanksgiving), but we think our forefathers and foremothers probably ate a few other berries, too, although there were likely seasonal restraints … Continue reading

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