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I'm a blogger on a mission to encourage parents to teach their kids how to cook and eat well.
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Alas we have come to the third and final cookie I made for this year's holiday swap, and I'll have you know that this one was the clear winner among all voters under the age of 20 in my giving universe. My original plan was to make a peanut butter filled version of Thomas Keller's TKO's (his version of an... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Oui, Chef
Today I present to you MY second favorite cookie of the three I made this year to satisfy the requirements of our family holiday cookie swap. I emphasise the MY in the prior sentence, because by most accounts the cookie I will be sharing next, a mint-chocolate offering, was the runaway winner of the popularity contest this year; but as... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Oui, Chef
I love beef salads and actually have some lemon grass stalks in my freezer...I can see making this dish VERY soon!
We always enjoy mincemeat pies as part of our Thanksgiving feast, not at Christmas....not sure why. It is absolutely required though, if Mom doesn't make one I'll turn her away at the door! Love the tradition of making your own, might have to give it a try.
It's time once again to share some of the sweet holiday treats that I baked up for what is now our 3rd Annual Dunn Sibling Holiday Cookie Swap. Per my brother's recommendation a couple years back, he and I and our sister (along with a few other select invitees) have exchanged holiday cookies to commemorate the season now that we've... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at Oui, Chef
For the first year in a VERY long time, I didn't carve a Jack-O-Lantern at Halloween this year. Given that my kids are finally all old enough that they've outgrown "trick or treating", and that I live in such a low-density neighborhood that we are NEVER even a blip on the radar screen of the young ghosts and princesses out... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Oui, Chef
Not to sound like too much of a snob, but THIS is what chocolate truffles should look like. Not that I really have anything against the perfectly round and smooth confections that most commercial chocolatiers (even very high-end ones) sell as truffles, as many of them can be quite excellent. But for me, truffles should look like the gnarly little... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Oui, Chef
YOWZA.....I can smell this fragrant beauty all the way up here in Massachusetts!
Oh my.... I would like to swim in that pan of goodness and never come up for air!
I came across this recipe from Mark Bittman while searching my files for a little nibble to keep on-hand for visitors over the Thanksgiving holiday. These are super easy to make and addictively Cheez-its on steroids. They are best warm from the oven, so if you pop them in the fridge to keep them fresh for a few days,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Oui, Chef
Just a quick note to wish you and your families a happy, safe and tasty Thanksgiving! Whether your feast is at a table set for twenty, or is an intimate dinner for two, I wish you a day filled with joy, love, plentiful eats, and lots of laughter. Today, I am grateful not just for the bounty on my table,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at Oui, Chef
My oldest "baby", Hayden, just turned 22 and as he wasn't home for a traditional birthday celebration with cake this year, I decided to bake him a batch of these amazing brownies to enjoy when he returned from college for Thanksgiving. They are a slight twist on an Alice Medrich recipe from her fab book, Seriously Bitter Sweet: The Ultimate... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Oui, Chef
I was so happy to come across this recipe the other day in the latest issue of Saveur Magazine, not just because it looked like a delicious holiday season treat, but also because it allowed me to put some rarely used pantry items of mine to good use. It turns out that I had everything I needed to make this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Oui, Chef
There is something magical in the combination of butternut and sage, don't you think?
I could eat this soup all day every day and never tire of it.
I am SO JEALOUS! Looks like you had a fabulous time, hope I'm with you the next time you go!
Tartines are open faced sandwiches that are found widely throughout France and are one of the things I miss most about living there. While this is clearly not a very French take on a tartine, it remains true to the soul of the concept in that is a "sandwich" that you eat with a knife and fork. I had some... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Oui, Chef
I call these "Twisted Turtle Bars" because they are my spin on the classic as presented by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito in their second cookbook, Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented . I made these to bring to my eldest son and his cronies at college a few weekends back, and decided to modify the original recipe NOT because... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Oui, Chef
When my Mom was laid up sick in bed for a few days last week she was craving not a chicken noodle soup, but rather a cream of mushroom soup. Not the famed Campbell's from a can version, but something closer to the velvety perfection she remembered enjoying on a cruise we took together many years ago. I didn't have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Oui, Chef
I made this amazingly flavorful vegetarian meal the other night in about 15 minutes flat. No, I'm not kidding! If you are reasonably proficient with a knife and can dispatch the onion and fresh ginger quickly, and have a can of chickpeas and diced tomatoes on-hand, then this is about as quick a meal as you can put on your... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Oui, Chef
I found this hummus on the kitchn, one of my favorite food and lifestyle blogs and decided to make it as a nibble to serve up with cocktails before the middle-eastern influenced Za'atar Lamb and Mejadra meal I had a while back. I'm a fan of hummus of just about every flavor, but normally just make a standard chickpea based... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Oui, Chef
This little gluten free marvel comes to us courtesy of my friends at Leite's Culinaria. I made it first in my role as a recipe tester for the site, and then again last weekend as an elegant and super tasty end to a dinner party I was hosting. I don't know many people with full-blown Celiacs, but I dare say... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Oui, Chef
There are as many variations on this queso dip as there are sports bars here in the States, and though I am late posting recipes to enjoy during this year's football season due to my inability to watch the Patriots SUCK in early season play; now that they have gotten their act together and are REALLY playing football I thought... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Oui, Chef
You always have the best fish vibrant and flavorful!
Leave it to my friends at Cooking Light Magazine to take the ubiquitous chicken caesar salad and turn it on it's head. This delicious twist on the restaurant staple is a breeze to get on the table and relatively healthy due to a re-working of the traditional caesar dressing to make is so much healthier than the standard mayonnaise based... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Oui, Chef