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Italian-Chinese Fusion?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 3:16 pm Duchess 0
Italian Chinese Fusion (Feature)

This is an entry about how a friend's Facebook post from I Am a Food Blog, inspired me to adapt a Martha Stewart recipe, made for dinner due to a friend visiting from LA. Got that?

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Zatkes A.K.A. Zucchini Pancakes

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm Duchess Comments Off
Zatkes A.K.A. Zucchini Pancakes (Feature)

I don't know anyone who doesn't love Latkes, (potato pancakes). Now that being said, I also don't know a single person who likes making said Latkes. They are impossibly messy, take forever, and you're left feeling greasy and tired. I have the solution: Zucchini.

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Ginger-Dill Carrot Soup with Pistachio-Parm Tuile

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 11:39 pm Duchess Comments Off
Ginger-Dill Carrot Soup with Pistachio-Parm Tuile

We are lucky enough to be part of a neighborhood CSA, (Community Sourced Agriculture). This means from June-October, we get fresh eggs, veggies, and fruits every Saturday. We usually don't find out what we're getting until the night before, so Saturday mornings turn into little Christmas mornings. This week, amongst other things, we got carrots and the sweetest onions you could hope for. I could have roasted them or glazed them, but in my head all I could think of was soup. So shoot me, I love soup! Unlike the Asian-style noodle soup from a few weeks back, this soup is made to be eaten room temp... it wants to be room temp. The flavors here are gentle and you'd loose something if eaten too hot.

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2 Girls, 7 Dozen Tamales

Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 11:59 am Duchess Comments Off
2 Girls, 7 Dozen Tamales (Feature)

Here’s the thing about good friendships: time doesn’t matter. And so it was, that via modern technology, I reconnected with a college friend who I had not seen since her first child was born 10 years ago. In college, we found each other during a difficult time in both our lives. We weren't happy at school and felt every inch the outsiders – dramatic enough to make Pretty in Pink comparisons. She and I were Andy and Ducky in a school full of Blane’s and Steff’s.

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A Lovely Bowl of Noodles

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 12:37 am Duchess Comments Off
A Lovely Bowl of Noodles (Feature)

I say "lovely" because "perfect" could mean so many different things to so many people. To me, this is damn-near perfect. Could the noodles be homemade? Yes. Could the broth have been painstakingly made over hours and hours by boiling bones and aromatics, sure. But without the time to endeavor such lofty culinary ideals, this is as perfect as 10 minutes gets! The key here is the play between the egg (that perfectly gooey in the middle egg... yum!), the slightly sweet/salty/sweet broth, and chewy noodles.

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Summer in a Glass

Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 1:40 pm Duchess Comments Off
Summer in a Glass

Summer is officially here. For those of us in the Northwest, it was a very long, very cold, very messy winter. The open windows are a welcome site and this cool, refreshing drink will be welcome at the table, too. Healthy and simple, it can easily be spiked... Limoncello sounds really nice, actually - ah well, maybe next time.

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Because Homemade is Better

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 8:54 pm Duchess 1
Lobster Salad

It's not something I harp on, but in the case of mayonnaise its the truth: homemade is better.

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Green Market Goodies, Part 2

Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm Duchess 1
Green Market Goodies, Part 2

I mentioned the ramps last week, but did I mention the mushrooms? Oh it was mushroom heaven... wish you had been there. In honor of said glorious mushrooms, here's a little something that showcases them.

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I’m Halfway There!

Friday, May 4, 2012 at 8:51 am Duchess 3
Halfway There

I've lost 75 pounds - that's a 1st grader. Its an astonishing amount of weight and I'm constantly shocked that I was carrying 75 extra pounds around with me. The question of how did I let that happen keeps running through my mind. But this isn't a philosophical post, its an informative one. I wanted to share with you a little of what I am - and am not - eating these days. Keep in mind that I can’t speak for others who have had this surgery and that this is only my experience. Some of these I was prepped for, but most came as a surprise.

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Green Market Goodies, Part 1

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 11:14 pm Duchess 2
Green Market Goodies

I was telling a colleague about my weekend and she said, “You know its spring when you want to go to the green market.” How very true. I hadn’t been to a green market in months and something told me to go on Saturday morning. So, when we woke up and it was perfect outside - sunny and breezy - that’s just what we did.

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A Quick Brunch

Monday, April 16, 2012 at 9:00 am Duchess 2
Ring-Around-the-Egg

Want something quick, pretty, and perfect for a lazy Sunday? I've got just the thing...

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Guest Blogging This Week

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 11:18 pm Duchess 3

I'm happy to announce that I'm this week's guest blogger at The Whirling Blog this week. Yesterday, a brand new yummy recipe for Strawberry Lychee Sorbet was posted from me, and this coming Friday another one is on its way. I hope you'll come check it out and also explore the lovely, inspirational posts that you can find on the Whirling Blog at any time.

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Our Anniversary Dinner

Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 10:13 pm Duchess 7
Our Anniversary Dinner

Normally, we would go away for a long weekend to celebrate our anniversary. This year, because of work schedules, it was simply an impossibility. So what to do? Well throw that money into one kick-ass, over-the-top, sit-down dinner of course! So, we broke out the good china, the wine glasses, and even had a custom table runner made. I arranged the flowers while he vacuumed until he had blisters, and finally it was time to enjoy.

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Pickled Veggies

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm Duchess 2
Pickled Vegetables

Lets talk pickles, shall we? Besides being delicious, pretty, versatile, and just all-around awesome, they happen to be universal, too. Every culture I can think of pickles something. Not everyone pickles the same way, but I guarantee you that in every corner of the world, something is brined. It's sort of like dumplings in that respect... Not every country makes the same kind of dumpling or in the same way, but everyone has some version of a dumpling.

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Trout with Caper-Brown Butter

Monday, March 5, 2012 at 6:57 pm Duchess 2
Trout with Caper Brown Butter

Looking back on the past recipes I've posted, I realize that they're all seafood. I suppose, partially, this is because seafood is a wonderful protein source with minimal amounts of fat... for the most part. Also, though, we are fairly close to the Brooklyn Chinatown. Last year, just before my surgery, we found that the large supermarket was getting a massive make-over. The renovations are complete and the place is a Mecca of all things fresh, swimming, butchered, pulled from the ground, and fermented with soy beans. Since fresh, (and I do mean fresh - pulled from the water tanks two seconds ago fresh), seafood is so wonderfully at our disposal now, we've been eating a lot of it.

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