Monthly Archives: February 2011

Alfajores (Dulce de Leche Hearts)

St. Valentine’s Day will be here tomorrow, and it calls for heart-shaped goodies to express your passion.  Alfajores are melt-in-your-mouth sandwich cookies from South America, where they are especially popular in Argentina.  They should be very tender, which is accomplished by a good amount of cornstarch in the dough.  These cookies are always stuffed with […]

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Cauliflower and Greens Risotto

If my friend Kristine Kidd cooks it, I’ll eat it.  Her name is probably familiar to many of you.  For over twenty years, she was the guiding light/food editor of Bon Appétit magazine. She’s now her own boss, and has written a marvelous book for Williams-Sonoma, Weeknight Fresh and Fast.  (You can find the book […]

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Great Macaron Tutorial

Marcons–crisp but tender, sturdy but ethereal, bursting with color and flavor–have become the benchmark of a fine pastry chef.  It wasn’t too long ago that you could only get them in Paris, preferably at one of the Ladurée bakeries that dot the city. They are purportedly very temperamental to make.  But, my pal Irina Kogan, proprietor of […]

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Golden Cornmeal Waffles with Fried Chicken

I was raised in the suburbs of Oakland, California.  Growing up, the East Bay had a bit of an inferiority complex, especially when it came to comparisons with the gourmet Mecca across the bay, San Francisco.  Even though we had a working farm across the street from my high school that grew such seasonal delicacies as […]

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Williams-Sonoma Breakfast Comforts

Feather-light pancakes dripping with maple syrup; cinnamon-scented pastry warm from the oven; savory eggs paired with crisp bacon, and served with flaky biscuits and homemade jam… These mouthwatering icons of the breakfast table carry with them warm memories of relaxed, slow-paced mornings shared with loved ones.  Details? Read on…

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