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APPETIZERS

Cheese Torta

Cheese Torta

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  Since I saw Jacques Pepin making this dessert, I fell in love with this simple and stylish dessert. The original recipe calls for honey, pistachio, and dried cranberries. This way the dessert looks very wintery – green pistachios with red cranberries create a Christmas […]

Smoked Oysters Canapé

Smoked Oysters Canapé

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    Full of flavor, with delicate fishy and smoky notes, and with a fruity touch of vinegar – these oysters create a very easy to make and attractive appetizer. These savory canapés are great for serving with cocktails or by themselves. Regular or dark […]

Cucumber Canapé

Cucumber Canapé

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    I always liked the idea of making something attractive using simple ingredients in their best tasting combinations. My favorite words in the kitchen are ‘quick, simple, and delicious.’ A tray of cucumber canapés is definitely one of those dishes. This recipe is perfect […]

Beetroot Salmon Gravlax by Nigel Slater

Beetroot Salmon Gravlax by Nigel Slater

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    I absolutely agree with Nigel Slater (the talented and smart Nigel Slater, whose recipes I trust) when he names this beet-and-dill gravlax, “a jewel on a Christmas table.” This cured fish truly looks unreal – it is so beautiful, with its fifty shades […]

Citrus Salmon Gravlax by Thomas Keller

Citrus Salmon Gravlax by Thomas Keller

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    I can’t imagine my holiday table without some salmon dishes. Savory trifle, salmon crudo, salmon tartar, or simple gravlax – all these appetizers are appealing. I just need to choose which one will be on my menu. Simple gravlax, I said? Oh, no, […]

Salmon Tartar

Salmon Tartar

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    This tartar can be served as an appetizer or as a light and healthy lunch, on a bed of salad greens and with a French baguette toast. Since I first made this luscious dish, it became our family favorite appetizer. The tartar looks […]