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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 […]

Pickled Pearl Onions

Pickled Pearl Onions

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    Pickled onions, carrots, beets, or other marinated vegetables create that finishing touch which makes a delicious dish an extraordinary. A burger, chicken liver pate or pork rillet – they earn a new fantastic flavor with added pickles. Pearl onions and tiny cornichons are […]

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 […]

Holiday Ham

Holiday Ham

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    Holiday ham was the last thing I wanted to eat at any holiday feast. It was always too salty and/or too sweet – you couldn’t taste the meat. But I adore those old-fashioned cookbooks picturing huge chunks of glazed ham topped with oranges […]