Monthly Archives: January 2011

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Sometimes, I think I overthink recipes. I’m always looking for ways to spice things up, to tone things down, to take things in an entirely new direction. Partly, it’s because I have trouble following recipes exactly. Partly, it’s because cooking is one of my creative outlets. Playing around with recipes and flavors and spices and […]

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Goat’s Milk Ricotta

Welcome to another edition of the cheese files! Or so it seems, anyway. But seriously (folks), once you start making cheese, it’s hard to stop. This past weekend, we made goat’s milk ricotta. The last time we tried to make a goat cheese (a chevre), the curds were tiny and massively outnumbered by the whey, […]

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Nicoise Salad with Seared Ahi

I know, it’s freezing and probably raining or snowing, depending on where you are, and the last thing you want to eat is salad. But it’s also January and therefore salad month, and this salad is more substantial than most. While I like most fish, I’ve never been a fan of canned tuna, and therefore […]

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Curried Pear and Squash Bisque

Okay, I know pear and squash soup sounds weird, but it’s actually really good. It also manages to be fairly light despite its name, since it gets all its body from the pureed squash and pears, not from (lots of) heavy cream. We liked it best with chunks of pears and some crumbled honey goat […]

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

I don’t know about you, but I think I’m cookied out (at least for a day or two). I have discovered that if I let myself eat as many sweets as I want, or even force myself to eat sweets that I’m too full to enjoy (what, Christmas cookies aren’t required eating for you?), I […]

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