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Italian Snacking Bread

This is a version of Focaccia alla Barese, an Italian flatbread topped with anchovies, olives, and onions. Mine is a softer, moister bread due to the addition of egg and a quicker rise. Cut it in small pieces and pack it for a ride or simply enjoy it on the deck with a lovely glass of wine. (And for those…

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Bakery-Style Vanilla Macarons With Strawberry Cheesecake Filling

Ingredients  Large Vanilla Macaron Shells1 1/2 cups (150g) finely ground almond flour2 cups (226g) powdered sugar1/2 teaspoon (2g) fine sea salt4 large (140g) egg whites1/2 cup (99g) granulated sugar1/2 teaspoon (2g) vanilla extract Strawberry Cheesecake Filling8 ounces (226g) cream cheese, at room temperature1 1/4 cups (142g) powdered sugar3/4 cup (176g) heavy cream1 tablespoon (15g) freshly squeezed lemon juice1 teaspoon (5g) vanilla extract1 pinch fine sea salt1/2 cup ½ cup (180g) strawberry jelly or jam [1 tablespoon (15g) per cookie] Directions Line two baking sheets with parchment paper (use your flattest ones).…

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Sprinkle Macaron “Cake”

Ingredients  Macaron Shells2 1/2 cups (250g) finely ground almond flour3 1/3 cups (376g) powdered sugar1 teaspoon (4g) fine sea salt6 large (213g) egg whites1 cup (198g) granulated sugar1 1/2 teaspoons (6g) vanilla extract Cake Batter Frosting1 1/4 cups (10 oz / 285g) unsalted butter, at room temperature4 cups (454g) powdered sugar8 ounces (226g) mascarpone cheese, at room temperature1/3 cup (78g) heavy cream2 teaspoons (10g) vanilla extract1/2 teaspoon (2g) fine sea salt3/4 cup (150g) confetti style sprinkles, plus more for finishing Directions Line two baking sheets with parchment paper (use your flattest ones). Use…

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Neapolitan Macaron Towers

Ingredients Chocolate Macaron Shells1 1/2 cups (142g) finely ground almond flour1 3/4 cups (198g) powdered sugar1/4 cup (21g) cocoa powder (preferably dark or black cocoa powder)4 large (140g) egg whites1/2 cup (99g) granulated sugar1/2 teaspoon (2g) vanilla extract Vanilla Buttercream & Strawberry Buttercream3 large (106g) egg whites1/4 teaspoon (<1 g) cream of tartar1 cup (198g) granulated sugar1/3 cup (75g) water8 ounces (226g) unsalted butter, at room temperature3/4 teaspoon (5g) vanilla bean paste1 1/2 teaspoons (7g) vanilla extract1 ounce (28g) freeze-dried strawberries1/4 cup (28g) powdered sugar1/4 cup (58g) heavy cream

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Peachy Macarons

Ingredients  Peach Macaron Shells1 1/2 cups (150g) finely ground almond flour2 cups (226g) powdered sugar1/2 teaspoon (2g) fine sea salt4 large (140g) egg whites1/2 cup (99g) granulated sugar1/2 teaspoon (2g) vanilla extract1 drop peach gel food coloring1 pinch red or copper luster dust, for finishing (optional) Filling1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, at room temperature4 ounces (113g) cream cheese, at room temperature4 cups (454g) powdered sugar1 tablespoon (15g) freshly squeezed lemon juice1 teaspoon (5g) vanilla extract1 pinch fine sea salt3/4 cup (255g) peach jelly or jam [1 heaping tablespoon per cookie]Small mint or…

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Down and Dirty Pasta e Ceci

Ingredients  2 cloves garlic4 fillets anchovies4 ripe plum tomatoes3 healthy sprigs rosemarysalt and pepper1 can chick peas4 cups chicken broth (better) or water1/2 packet small pasta, like farfalle3 tablespoons olive oilgrated parmesan Directions Dice garlic. Cut up anchovies, roughly chop tomatoes.Over medium heat, saute garlic, anchovies and two rosemary sprigs until the anchovies are melted.Add chopped tomatoes. Sautee 10 or 15 minutes, till the tomatoes are fully cooked. Salt as needed.Increase heat and…

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Hearty, Healthy Potato Soup

Ingredients  2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil6 cloves garlic1 shallot2 small yellow onions4 cups filtered water5 small red potatoes2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes1 tablespoon dried thyme1 tablespoon dried sage1 tablespoon dried oregano1 tablespoon dill weed1 teaspoon cumin1 teaspoon turmeric1 teaspoon ground ginger1 dash cayenne pepper2 bay leaves, whole1 large carrot1/2 to 1 cups whole milk, room tempsea saltgreen onion1 chicken breast, cooked (leftovers work well) Directions Heat a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add your EVOO.Smash your garlic cloves and roughly chop. Finely chop your shallots. Add both to the hot EVOO and…

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Missy Robbins’s Semi-Healthy Caesar

Ingredients  5 garlic cloves5 anchovy fillets3 tablespoons Dijon mustard1 tablespoon black peppercorns1/4 cup red wine vinegar5 dashes Tabasco1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauceJuice of 1 lemon1 cup plain yogurt1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus ¼ cup for finishing3 hearts of romaine, outer leaves discarded, cored to separate and wash leavesCracked black pepper Directions Place the garlic, anchovies, mustard, black peppercorn, red wine vinegar, Tabasco, Worcestershire, and lemon juice in a blender. Blend on medium-high speed until a paste is formed and the garlic…

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Smoked Trout Paté

I read in Food & Wine that chef April Bloomfield made a trout pate at the John Dory in NY. The article gave no recipe, just said that the pate is made with crème fraîche and cottage cheese. That sounded up my alley, with cottage cheese instead of mayo and...I'm a sucker for crème fraîche. After several attempts, I came…

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