Baking the Perfect Loaf of French Bread

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Secrets to Perfect Loaf of French Bread in 3 Hours Usually, my stand-by recipe is the No Knead Bread (because its so darn easy) but it does require you to mix the dough at least 12 hours prior. When I only have a three hours, this is my recipe which is based on trial-and-error from baking over 40 loaves in …

Saffron Rice

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Here’s another great rice recipe when plain basmati rice just won’t do. The saffon adds such a lovely, bright golden color to the rice, in contrast with the crimson saffron threads dispersed throughout. Saffron rice has a delicate, floral aroma that you can’t duplicate with any other spice. There are 3 secrets making this rice.

Secret #1: Use good quality saffron. Don’t buy the cheap stuff. Everyone says …

Pasta with Creamy Cajun Sauce

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A few weeks ago, I was doing prepping in the studio kitchen for a class called “Creative Healthy Cooking” for that evening. On the menu were light, fresh dishes such Creamy Corn Soup, Zucchini “Spaghetti” and Roasted Cauliflower. The back restaurant kitchen door swings open, out comes one of the restaurant’s cooks with two steaming hot plates of creamy, yummy, pasta. One for him…and one for not me. They sat right in front of me as I was cutting the kernals off the corn cob for the soup. This was their …

Firecracker Shrimp with Sweet Chili Sauce

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Ooooohhhh – these were so delicious! These Firecracker Shrimp with Sweet Chili Sauce almost didn’t make it to the dinner table – we were eating them as they came out of the fryer – not even minding that we burnt our tongues! The reason I love this dish so much is because the ingredients are so simple and I almost …

My Homemade “Light as Air” Potato Chips

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Making your own potato chips is so incredibly easy. There are 2 pieces of equipment that you should have:

1) Mandoline

2) Deep Fryer

(or) you could use a big heavy pot & thermometer

Here’s my weapon of choice …

Weird Food

David Lebovitz, posted the question: what is the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten? It’s a great read if you are currently dieting and need incentive to just drink a glass of water instead. In case you are a visual person and need photos, click on the links: Here was my response to the question: 1) Shirako Soup at a Japanese …

Secrets to Cooking the Best Chinese Fried Rice

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Fried Rice is the Chinese version of casserole. Basically, its a great way to use up leftover bits in the refrigerator. My ingredients change based on what vegetables and meat I have on hand. The only 3 constants are: 1) Rice 2) Fish Sauce …

Fried Baby Artichokes

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There would only be 2 good reasons why I would move back to California. Well…truthfully, there probably are 4,098 reasons why I LOVED living in California, but only 2 of those reasons are valid at 1:15 a.m. when I’m absolutely craving something munchy, something savory, something a little crisp, something that goes great with a nice, cold beer. Fried Baby Artichokes …

Baby Back Ribs with Orange-Ginger Glaze

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YUM! These are finger-lickin good baby back ribs – the meat is so tender that it falls off the bone as you lift them out of the pan. The sauce is sticky, sweet, tangy, with a little hit of chili – the Asian version of BBQ sauce. The secret to cooking the very best ribs is “low and slow.” Its so incredibly easy too – this recipe is practically …

Top a Steak Just Like Fancy Restaurants

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I love a great steak! Especially if its on sale at the supermarket and I can cook it even better than the expensive restaurants. Ok, confession….I mean, “WE” can cook it. Husband cooks meat. Wife prepares sauce. Together we make this. The kitchen is my domain. The BBQ grill is another story. I am only allowed to uncover the grill, turn on the propane tank …

Roasted Vegetable Ravioli with Crispy Pancetta

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Hand-made pasta at home seems like a luxury, but it only costs $2 in ingredients. It does make a mess in your kitchen, but with the right tools, it only takes a 15 minutes to make the pasta itself and another 45 minutes to make the ravioli.

The right tools include a fork and a KitchenAid with pasta attachment. Sometimes I use the food processor …