Recipe: Roasted Lobster Tails with Coconut Curry Dipping Sauce

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We're all friends here, right? I need to tell you something important. I'm learning to step out of my comfort zone. Not just once in a while. Once a day. It's scary but also rewarding. Sometimes, though, you can take too big a step. I'm learning that baby steps are better. Let me put this into context for you. Deciding whether or not to make this recipe caused quite the dilemma. You see, the last time I made lobster was traumatic. Have you ever made live lobster? It's stressful. It … [Read more...]

Recipe: Guatemalan Hot Cocoa (Central America)

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Serves 1 When I don't have time for a bubble bath, I like to slip my dreams into a steaming hot cup of cocoa. Imagine my surprise (and joy) when I found out Guatemalans don't make their hot cocoa quite like we do here, in the USA. Like their neighbors throughout Central America, Guatemalans make hot cocoa out of bars of pressed cocoa. Dry and crumbly, these hot cocoa bars are nothing like the creamy bars of chocolate we snack on. The good news? You can find them in your local Latino market … [Read more...]

Recipe: German Tree Cake (Baumtorte/Baumkuchen)

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Serves 12 This is my favorite cake. All 20 layers of it. It has been since my mitten-wearing years. My mom used this intricately layered almond and chocolate cake as an activity for us kids - something to keep us busy on rainy mornings, when crayons had lost their interest. It is single-handedly responsible for my obsession with almond paste (and it's sweeter counterpart, marzipan). The original recipe might as well be called "the dance of dirty bowls." I took a hacksaw to the method, … [Read more...]

Recipe: Triple Pots de Crème (Chocolate, Espresso & Vanilla)

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Makes 8 individual desserts Some days are so good - so deliriously happy, happy, happy - that I cannot limit myself to just one dessert to celebrate, even if it is a fabulously good French one... Today is such a day because, when I told Ava "I love you," she smiled big and lovingly, and gave me.... two... thumbs... up. She only just learned how to give a thumbs up yesterday, so I'm feeling pretty special right about now. In honor of her cuteness, we're going with a sampler style celebration … [Read more...]

Recipe: White Coffee (a.k.a. Rose water Tea)

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Makes 1 cup Want to drink a rose? White Coffee is the fabulous way to be romantic. Just boil a pot of water and 15 seconds later you'll be sipping on a hot cup of romance, relaxation and restful enjoyment. Although called white coffee, this popular Middle Eastern drink is really a caffeine-free blend of hot water with floral essences, spices, herbs, or aromatics. Our version is made especially for Valentine's Day with one of the most popular variations, rose water. Psst, it helps to serve … [Read more...]

Recipe: Timorese Grilled Tuna Steaks with Garlic and Butter

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Serves 4 Loads of garlic, butter, and sea salt make this tuna leap for joy. Forget tuna in a can. Fresh tuna steaks are as good, if not better than salmon. Bold and intense, this recipe will transport you to the flavors of East Timor and an incredible meal, as remembered by Karen Coates of Rambling Spoon. Read Karen's story - the inspiration for our recipe. Perfect for Valentine's day, or any special occasion. Ingredients: 4 Tuna steaks 4 Tbsp butter 3 cloves garlic coarse sea … [Read more...]