DOUBLE CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE BROWNIES WITH SEA SALT

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  There are chocolate brownies  – the kind you make for children’s celebrations and Sunday barbecues.  And then there are chocolate brownies made for really special occasions –  such as a family member’s 50th Birthday.  This decadent dessert was a … Continue reading

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TOMATOES IN CREAM AND FRESH THYME

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The most wonderful part of walking out to the garden and  picking tomatoes is the fragrance of  their leaves.  You rub them between your fingers then inhale.   It’s an intoxicating aroma.  It begs you to pluck a ripened tomato … Continue reading

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POLENTA WITH SOUTHERN ITALIAN PORK RAGU

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I have a favorite cooking pan.  It is the one I reach for when I am sauteing or braising meat.   It is a very large pan –  13 inches across.  You can brown a lot of meat at a … Continue reading

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HERBED PORK RILLETTES

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  Rillettes of Pork.   The name sound like something you would like to take on a picnic?   You know – one of those picnics where you spread heavy blankets and soft cushions over fragrant grass.   Throw a … Continue reading

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ROASTED RHUBARB

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Roasted rhubarb!    Doesn’t it simply roll off your tongue.  Roasted rhubarb!  How intriguing.  How absolutely delicious.  Stalks of rhubarb roasted to sugary tartness.   This simple method allows you to roast pieces of rhubarb to a delicate tenderness that stays … Continue reading

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SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE

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It is the attention to detail.  The little extra that pushes something over the top that take it from very good to extraordinary.    And when that extraordinary itself is truly magnificent you have pure gold. During our restaurant years every … Continue reading

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RHUBARB UPSIDE-DOWN BROWN SUGAR CAKE

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  This unprepossessing plant.  So humble in origin.  A grow anywhere especially in back lanes plant.  This long awaited harbinger of spring type of plant.  This new darling of avant-garde young chefs.  This wonderful rhubarb is the upside-down topping on … Continue reading

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ROASTED CAULIFLOWER AND LEEK SOUP WITH CHEDDAR CROSTINI

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I feel very strongly about soup.  Soup satisfies the body and the soul.   There is simply nothing more wonderful then enjoying a beautiful bowl of home-made soup.  For me the benchmark of good cooks and  good restaurants is the quality … Continue reading

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SWEET POTATO AND RED PEPPER AFRICAN PORK STEW

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  There is nothing more wonderful than the heavenly aroma of a one-dish meal simmering away in the oven while you curl up in a chair with a good book.  This dish has a deliciously exotic flavour created by the … Continue reading

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ULTIMATE BLUE RIBBON BANANA BREAD

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I made my first banana bread just after the second world war.  Bananas disappeared from the produce shelves during the war.   Rationing, torpedoed cargo ships and ships used for troop transport meant that many food items were simply not … Continue reading

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