IT’S FRENCH FRIDAYS: TUILES-LA-LA

  This week, I must admit, has been humbling. During the past few days I’ve found myself on-the-hunt for my sense of humor and good will. This is not a week when I’ve felt the love from either our Dorie or Mother Nature. Today the French Fridays with Dorie recipe choice is Almond-Orange Tuiles (pronounced tweel),… 

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JOYEUX ANNIVERSAIRE À DORIE – CAKES

For all of us belonging to French Fridays with Dorie and Tuesdays with Dorie: Baking with Julie, this is a very special day and opportunity to raise our whisks in celebration of our leader. Today, October 24th, is Dorie Greenspan’s birthday. We are honoring you, dear Dorie, with good wishes and baking efforts and love………….. 

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CHANNELING CLARK’S NUTCRACKERS: Caramel-Almond Custard Tart

CHANNELING CLARK'S NUTCRACKERS: Caramel-Almond Custard Tart

  This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe is Caramel-Almond Custard Tart, a delightfully delicious dessert and a classic. To be honest, it was by-the-book-classic until Dorie lessened the sugar, carmelized the custard pudding and added one cup of lightly-toasted sliced almonds to intensify the flavor. Although not terribly difficult to toss together, my caramelization… 

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FINANCIERS: TOO DELICIOUS TO FAIL

FINANCIERS: TOO DELICIOUS TO FAIL

If I had tried to orchestrate this week’s French Friday with Dorie recipe scenario, I could not have done better. From beginning to end, it was the perfect storm. Literally.   Today’s recipe is Financiers (fee-nahn-see-AY), tiny rich buttery cakes. created a century ago at a patisserie near the Bourse (the French Wall Street). These… 

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GOING CLASSIC: COEUR À LA CRÈME

GOING CLASSIC: COEUR À LA CRÈME

Welcome to my first Work-in-Progress Post. This week’s French Friday with Dorie recipe is the very appropriate and élégant Coeur à la Crème.     Explanation, please. According to Barron’s Food Lover’s Companion,  KEWR ah la KREHM is French for heart with cream.  This classic dessert is made in a special heart-shaped mold with holes… 

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Spreading Cookie Love on Heart Day

Spreading Cookie Love on Heart Day

  HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY 2013………. This year many of us who belong to French Fridays with Dorie participated in a Valentine’s Cookie Exchange. Everything about this project was supposed to be top-secret until the “Big Reveal” on February 14th. Yeah, right…….. Our leader for this project was Alice Mizer who blogs at A Cooking Mizer…. 

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CHICKEN TAGINE, SNOW & the FOREST CONSERVANCY, FFWD

CHICKEN TAGINE, SNOW & the FOREST CONSERVANCY, FFWD

If Laughter is the best medicine and an apple a day keeps the doctor away, I’m looking at healthy. This has been a week carbo-loaded with Life’s joys and nature’s wonder. It’s also been days of peeling Granny Smith apples, tossing them in the crockpot and producing enough hunky applesauce to feed the populace of… 

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STONE SOUP and the SKINNY CHICK’S Cookies = FFWD

STONE SOUP and the SKINNY CHICK'S Cookies = FFWD

  Although Dorie calls this week’s recipe,  Spur-of-the-Moment Vegetable Soup, she admits it’s really Stone Soup. She’s referring, of course, to that glorious ancient folk tale which, in 1947,  writer Marcia Brown used as the basis of her children’s book entitled  Stone Soup. And for writing it, Brown won a prestigious Caldecott Medal that year…. 

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Filo-Fi-Fum: Crispy, Crackly Apple-Almond Tart

Filo-Fi-Fum: Crispy, Crackly Apple-Almond Tart

  Yep, today’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe choice is a tart. To my thinking, however, there is nothing about this tasty dessert that looks tarty. As Dorie explained, “It’s so thin and crackly, you get to eat it out of hand.”  Have you ever met a tart that is “thin and crackly” ? What… 

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Orange Juice, Melons, and Tea Parties: A Tribute to Michael

Orange Juice, Melons, and Tea Parties: A Tribute to Michael

(My daughter, Melissa, a writer who has her own site, flyingnotscreaming, will be a guest contributor to my blog for the next two weeks. Last Thursday, I lost my husband Michael. In this post, Melissa shares some of her memories of her stepfather that happen to revolve around food. –Mary) by Melissa Myers Place I… 

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DORIE DOES IOWA: CORN PANCAKES

DORIE DOES IOWA: CORN PANCAKES

This week’s First Friday with Dorie recipe is the answer to every Iowa girl’s dream. Since I’m a born ‘n bred Iowan and more than a lil’ bit country, I consider myself an authority on CORN. Dorie, did you know: 1. In 2011, Iowa corn farmers grew almost 2.3 billion bushels of corn on 13.7 million… 

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MOVING DAY: COLORADO BOUND…….

MOVING DAY: COLORADO BOUND.......

Aspen, Colorado A friend once commented to me, during a discussion of homes, square footage and rising construction costs, “I just admire and respect what people do with small spaces.” That friend is definitely going to ratchet up her respect and admiration for me. Last week I finally came to terms with 940 square feet…. 

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