Pate Brisée 2

Pate Brisée 2

Pate Brisée is a classic French tart dough but it is perfect for making any kind of pie. It requires a light hand and produces a crispy and layered dough. It’s my go to recipe for tarts and pies of all kinds.

Enough dough for a double crust 23 or 24 centimeter tart or pie pan which is quite large.

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Cornbread A Traditional Recipe

Cornbread

Whether it’s for Thanksgiving dinner or a midweek stew, cornbread so easy to make is a wonderful addition to a hearty warming cold weather meal. I came across this awhile ago and found it easy and very satisfying. You can also change it a bit by adding herbs like fresh rosemary.

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Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes

Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes

Light with crispy edges with a creamy texture on the inside, these pancakes are a delicious addition to your collection of breakfast and brunch recipes.  They are so easy to make and really impressive. Assemble everything and set it aside, beat the egg whites when you’re ready then simply mix.

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Cream of Asparagus Soup (cold or warm)

Cream of Asparagus Soup (cold or warm)

This is an old classic that I haven’t found much improved on during my travels. You can use the stalks of the asparagus and save the lovely green tips to decorate the soup.

If you would like, this recipe can be made using white asparagus.

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Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

You don’t really need a recipe for mashed potatoes but this recipe is about proportions of butter and milk to potato. You can of course add as much butter as you like.

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Chicken Inner Filets Breaded & Pan Fried

Chicken Inner Filets Breaded & Pan Fried – Here I use homemade Italian flavored bread crumbs and serve this with lemon wedges and a flavored mayonnaise. They are good for this recipe or gently sauteed for salads or stir fried in Chinese dishes.

When you buy packages of chicken breasts they often have the little inner filet still attached.

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Pancakes

Pancakes

A stack of pancakes with butter and maple syrup. Pancakes, Bacon, Sausage, 2 Fried Eggs Sunny Side Up – Please! We all love pancakes and this is a very basic recipe that can be adapted with the addition of fresh fruits. See my notes below.

I love pancakes so much that I often have them for dinner with all the trimmings during the winter months.

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Quiche Lorraine

Quiche Lorraine / Leek and Bacon

This is a far cry from the horrible cheese pies you get here in almost every so called Cafe. Rich and creamy with almost sweet leeks this is one of the best basic quiche recipes you can have.

You will need to get my Pate Brisee recipe for the crust.

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Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese

Who doesn’t like Macaroni and Cheese or as it is more often called Mac and Cheese. There are so many variations, this is just one, use your imagination and see some of my suggestions below.

Serves 4 to 6 generously

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Gorgonzola Sauce

Gorgonzola Sauce

Here I have served this sauce with ricotta cheese filled Ravioli which makes the dish very rich. Gorgonzola Sauce is also great on Fettuccine or classically with Potato Gnocchi.

Serves 4 as and appetizer or 2 as a main course.
You can double and triple this recipe,

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A Quick Note

I wanted to take a minute to say that I do try and weigh as many of the ingredients as I can. I think it helps make recipe results more consistent. Of course professional bakers even measure liquids by weight. I don't mind pulling out my little digital scale when I need to.

Canapes


I don't have a many canapes here. The ones I share are super quick, very tasty and most of all tasty. Your guests will appreciate the effort.

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