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How to Caramelize an Onion

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in Culinary 101, Food Journal | 0 comments

How to Caramelize an Onion

Print PDF How to Caramelize an Onion Caramelizing an onion is a great way to add flavor to a dish. It is also a basic culinary skill. One which we had to master in Basics class, the first class at Le Cordon Bleu. There are just a few steps, patience is required. 1. The first thing you need to do is peel and chop your onions. If you slice them with the grain (from top to bottom) they will hold their shape a little after you cook them and you will end up with pretty curls of onions in say, your French Onion Soup. If you chop them against the grain, or dice them, they will not hold their...

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Almond Biscotti – (whole wheat)

Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 in Cookies, Food Journal | 0 comments

Almond Biscotti – (whole wheat)

Print PDF Almond Biscotti – OK, I might as well admit it, I’m a coffee addict. Hello, my name is Alicia, and I’m addicted to coffee :D! I have it every morning and some afternoons too! I don’t usually get to have it with biscotti though. I bake a lot, but the kids usually want something else – what can I say, my little ones aren’t big on the coffee yet :) LOL! So, when I do get to have it with biscotti, it makes me feel like I’m getting a little reward along with my normal morning coffee. I got to make some the other night though because it just...

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Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012 in Dinner, Food Journal | 0 comments

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Print PDF Spaghetti with Meat Sauce- Anytime someone makes spaghetti, the whole neighborhood knows. That’s one of my favorite things about spaghetti, how it fills the whole house (and neighborhood) with it’s delicious scent! It seems like every time I make spaghetti, the whole family is constantly in and out of the kitchen wanting to smell the sauce and to sneak a taste. Maybe that’s why spaghetti always tastes like it has so much love in it – because it feels loved as it is cooked :D! Whenever I cook it, I have this wonderful vision in my head. It’s of a very...

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The Best Lean Hamburgers Ever with Swiss Cheese and Sauted Mushroom Sauce – Recipe

Posted by on Jan 20, 2012 in Dinner, Food Journal | 0 comments

The Best Lean Hamburgers Ever with Swiss Cheese and Sauted Mushroom Sauce – Recipe

Print PDF The Best Lean Hamburgers Ever with Swiss Cheese and Sauteed Mushroom Sauce- I don’t know about you, but I can always go for a really good burger. The only thing is that often the best burger is made with fatty ground beef or a combination of fatty meats. I use the 93/7 meat when I make my burgers. If you cook this meat without doing anything to it, except seasoning of course, you usually end up with a dried out burger. That’s because the fat to meat ratio is low on the fat side. For those who don’t know what those little numbers mean, let me explain. The 93...

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Butterscotch Apple Upside Down Torte (whole wheat)-Recipe

Posted by on Jan 18, 2012 in Desserts, Food Journal | 0 comments

Butterscotch Apple Upside Down Torte (whole wheat)-Recipe

Print PDF Butterscotch Apple Upside Down Torte – I created this recipe for my favorite (and only) big sister, Julie. My Pooh Bear! She called me about a month ago telling me how she wanted to make a butterscotch dessert for her wonderful husband Andy as a surprise. She explained to me that she had tried a few recipes, but none of them came out how she expected – some of them came out a gross watery mess. My sister is a good cook and she has tons of recipes. If she doesn’t have a recipe for something she wants to make, she always checks with me and Grandma for one. The...

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies – Recipe

Posted by on Jan 17, 2012 in Cookies, Food Journal | 0 comments

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies – Recipe

Print PDF Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies – My little girl Tia, who is three, loves to cook. I think she would rather do that then just about anything else actually. I let her use her imagination in the kitchen and try to never tell her that we can’t make something or that “that doesn’t go together”. So, on Christmas Eve, when I asked her what kind of cookies she wanted to make for Santa, it came as no surprise when she replied “peanut butter and jelly and jellybean cookies”. I mulled the idea over in my head for a minute, “peanut butter and...

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