Making Croissants 101: The Finished Product

The plain and almond croissants and pain au chocolat pictured here were what I wanted mine to look like. Gulp. Would they? Would all my hard work pay off? Almost…… The croissants could have been a little more bronze, the pain au chocolate a little less bronze, maybe. These are the innards. I liked the […]

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Have You Tried: Hazelnuts?

Hazelnuts are a delicious nut that pair well with chocolate and coffee. They are very popular in Europe and are becoming more popular here in the US. For more info on hazelnuts (read: I’m too tired to write my own little ditty about them) head on over to Wikipedia. I’ll never forget my first experience […]

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Hazelnut Brown Sugar Ice Cream with Coffee-Toffee Sauce

This creamy, smooth ice cream is made with hazelnut-infused whole milk. While it is excellent and rich enough all on its own, a small amount of Coffee-Toffee Sauce makes it that much better. Recipes using hazelnuts you might enjoy: Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies Chocolate Hazelnut Nutcracker Cake Caramel Hazelnut Gelato Hazelnut Toffee Cookies Pear, Chocolate, […]

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Toasting Hazelnuts 101

Toasting hazelnuts is the perfect way to intensify and enhance their natural flavor. Start with shelled hazelnuts. Pick through them to remove any damaged nuts. Lay the nuts on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake in a 350 degree oven for between 10 to 20 minutes. The papery skins will start to split. […]

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White Balsamic-Shallot Vinaigrette

White Balsamic-Shallot Vinaigretteoriginal recipe Ingredients:1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar1/2 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil1 tsp. Dijon mustard1 shallot, finely mincedsea salt, to taste (the vinaigrette benefits from a good amount 1/4 to 1/2 tsp.)fresh ground pepper, to taste Instructions:Place the mustard in a small bowl and whisk in the vinegar. While vigorously whisking, […]

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Poppy Seed Bundt Cake with Lemon-Cream Cheese Glaze

Poppy Seed Bundt Cake with Lemon Cream-Cheese Glazeadapted from a Lion House recipe Ingredients: For cake: 1 (18 ounce) box yellow or white cake mix1 (3 3/4 ounces) box instant vanilla pudding mix1 stick butter, melted1 cup sour cream4 large eggs1/4 cup poppy seeds1 tsp. pure lemon extract1 tsp. pure almond extract For Glaze:2 Tbsp. […]

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Easter Coconut Cake (Easy Version)

Coconut Cake (Doctored Cake Mix Version)original recipe Ingredients: For cake: 1 white or yellow cake mix (not prepared)1 stick butter, cut into 8 piecesCoconut milk to replace the water, reserve excess for icing (1 can should be enough)3 eggs2 cups sweetened or unsweetened, shredded coconut, divided For filling: 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milkshredded coconut […]

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My Meatloaf Recipe

Per Erin’s request, I give you a very rough recipe for my meatloaf. I grew up watching my mom and grandmothers making a similar recipe. I’ve adapted it to our tastes over the years. Lindsey’s Meatloaf Ingredients:1/2-3/4 lb. each: ground pork, veal, beef1 onion, minced1/2 cup milk (more or less)*1 cup freshly toasted bread crumbs […]

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