Month: December 2010

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Spinach & brie puff pastries

I’m in a puff pastry phase! Well, I have a weakness for puff pastry, the flaky crispy pastry dough… I just love it! It’s one of the staple ingredients I always keep in my freezer. It always come in handy, and it’s never wasted. I love how it dresses up any menu. You can top […]

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kugelhopf & Merry Christmas

Well Christmas is here! I can’t believe how fast time flies. Every year I decide to make a dozens of traditional recipes, cookies, shortbreads, fruit cake… I just love when my house is brimming with festive scents of cinnamon spices and with the aroma of freshly baked breads wafting out from the oven. This year, […]

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Greek meat & macaroni pie

Pastitsio or Greek meat and macaroni pie, is a Greek dish including three essential components: pasta, meat, and a béchamel sauce. The dish comes from the Italian tradition of “pasticcio (di pasta)”, literally mess or scramble. The usual Greek version has a bottom layer that is bucatini or other tubular pasta with cheese and egg […]

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Red lentil soup with sauteed scallops

These wintry harsh days just beg for warm sweaters, woolen blankets, and of course comfort food. The nippy days and nights of wintertime makes us crave something warm and comforting to eat. Simple home-cooked food, is all what I need these days! On a cold day, nothing sounds more appealing to me than hot steaming […]

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Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies

I had never heard of pizookies, had you? A deep-dish chocolate chip cookies, served in a ramekin and topped with a big dollop of vanilla ice cream. This idea came from a dessert served at B.J’s Restaurant & Brewhouse. And what an awesome invention!! Well, I’ve heard about the giant chocolate chip cookie, but this […]

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Minestrone Soup

Oh boy it is definitely soup weather out there! Yesterday, Meteo France reported that one of its Paris weather stations had recorded 11cm (4.5 in) of snow in one afternoon which did not happen since 1987. It was really something, the heavy snow blanketed Paris and everything was peaceful and serene. In general, Paris does […]

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Zucchini frittata with flaked almonds

No this is not a cake with slivered almonds, it’s a frittata!! Last week, while recovering from restaurant overload, I cooked at home every night. The snow and dreary weather were making me thoroughly depressed. My hubby was in Chicago on business, so I was cooking just for one. And as I really hate to […]

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Cauliflower Gratin

I have always been a fan of cauliflower, boiled, fried, steamed or even raw. Even when I was a kid,  I loved this vegetable, unlike my brother who used to kick and scream every time my mom made us a dish with cauliflower. The only way he would eat them was ‘the lebanese way’ roasted […]