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Cooking is something I have always enjoyed. I learned to cook at the apron strings of my mother and grandmother. The experience of cooking brings me both pleasure and peace of mind.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Chocolate Cream Cake for Easter Saturday Dinner with the Family

This year a small group of us gathered at my brother's house for an earlier Easter dinner.  The meal was fantastic and I was only a guest but really wanted to bring something to share.  The recipe I chose was from Chocolate by Jean-Pierre Wybrauw.  I picked this book up off of the discount rack at our local Barnes & Noble.  I drool when I look at the pictures.  My mother usually makes pies so I decided a nice chocolatey dessert might be a nice addition.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday Dinner

Lobster on celery root puree and roasted carrot with a mango rum glaze.  The inspiration was a roasted carrots posted by Alanna Kellogg at http://kitchen-parade-veggieventure.blogspot.com/2011/04/bourbon-glazed-roasted-carrots.html#comment-form.  The lobster and celery root purre was my concoction for the evening.

Good Friday Lunch - Perch, Zucchini, Beurre Blanc Sauce, & Trebbiano

Nothing especially great but just wanted to share. 

Summertime Tote Giveaway

A fellow blogger, The Ungourmet, is having a tote giveaway from Veeshee.com.  Go to http://www.theungourmet.com/2011/04/gear-up-for-summer-giveaway.html and enter.  Also check out the great recipes.  I have posted a sample check it out

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Aubergine and Cumin Charlottes

I have been intriqued with Laura Calder's French Food at Home.  I tried her aubergine (eggplant) and cumin charlottes.  Aside from a few Oops and a personal tweek or two of the recipe the charlottes turned out very nice.  This recipe makes two servings.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Craggy Chocolate Cake from "French Food at Home" - Laura Calder

I was watching French Food at Home, Laura Calder onteh food network and decided that I needed to try this recipe.  I wanted to make this since it is flourless and my sister has to eat gluten free.

Vegetable Stuffed Pork Loin

I am home alone for a few weeks and wanted to try something fresh.  I raided the refrigerator and combined fresh vegetables with a pork tenerloin.  I topped the meal off with a tomato and basil salad, and a homemade sparkling rum drink.  Really yummy - let me know if you try this and what you think

Monday, April 4, 2011

Banana & Strawberry Tart

I made a banana/strawberry tart this past weekend but wanted to pass it around for tasting before I posted the recipe.  The comments were positive.

Chicken Meatloaf

No pictures and just a quick concoction.  Our market started carrying ground chicken.  Ms. I Love to Cook loves meartloaf but will not eat red meat.  I tried a variation of this recipe a few weeks ago but was not really satisfied with the final product.  This evenings meal was worthy of a post.  As always when working with raw meat (especially chicken) be careful not to cross contaminate and wash hands, utensils, and work surfaces often.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Chicken Jaeger Schnitzel

While I was preparing dinner I had a couple of pounded chicken breast left over so I threw together a quick late afternoon lunch.  When I lived in Germany schnitzel came in all forms but Jaeger or hunter's schnitzel was one of my favorite.  It is basically a mushroom cream base with meat of your choice.  Since I do not do veal, chicken is my meat of choice.

Asparagus Wrapped in Chicken & Prosciutto

I saw a recipe for Liver and Asparagus Terrine in a new book I picked up, Chicken by Pamela Clark.  Since  Ms. I Love to Cook doesn't eat red meat I thought I would solicit some help.  Like always I don't exactly follow recipes but use them as spring boards to launch my own ideas/concoctions.  Other than the asparagus and the great photo of the terrine, I think this is really something different but I plan to try Pamela's recipe soon.

Herbed Baked Eggs from Cooking in College (http://thecollegiatecook.blogspot.com/)

I found this great recipe on a blog (http://thecollegiatecook.blogspot.com/)  this morning before I started breakfast.  I have to give full credit to Meghan Smith, who adapted the recipe from Ina Garten.  I had to try it.  Of course I took a few liberties with the recipe and since there was cheese I had to use alot more than was called for.  I hope everyone enjoys this and gives a visit to Meghan.