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Buttermilk Pancake With Merlot-Poached Pears And Merlot Cream

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Buttermilk Pancake With Merlot-Poached Pears And Merlot Cream

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While I have used the traditional ingredients for this pancake, I have changed the ratio of eggs to flour considerably. This resulted in what I think is a “real” pancake, by which I mean it is a cake, baked in a pan 🙂 If you look at the close-up of the cut pancake, you can clearly see the texture of a cake, not a traditional pancake, which is much lighter and fluffier in texture and therefore tends to deflate very quickly after being removed from the heat. This one you see here did not deflate and maintained the same light texture after it had cooled down and spent the night (half-eaten) in the fridge.
Makes you wonder why one goes through the trouble of making a complicated cake………. 🙂 ?
I know, I know, many folks enjoy baking and love to prepare cake in any form, shape, and taste – but if you don’t, (me), this easy recipe might just be the solution you’ve been looking for to have your pancake cake and eat it too 🙂
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Buttermilk Pancake With Merlot-Poached Pears And Merlot Cream

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Buttermilk Pancake With Merlot-Poached Pears And Merlot Cream

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Buttermilk Pancake With Merlot-Poached Pears And Merlot Cream

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Buttermilk Pancake With Merlot-Poached Pears And Merlot Cream

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Buttermilk Pancake With Merlot-Poached Pears And Merlot Cream

Buttermilk Pancake With Merlot-Poached Pears And Merlot Cream

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EASY DOES IT # 14 – Fondue Au Fromage Sec #2

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This  is a dish you want to share with your best buddy or closest family on that special, informal occasion. That time when you just want to have a few drinks and eat good, without spending too much time in the kitchen (- or non at all – you can prepare this the day before without baking it, keep it in the fridge and then just jugg it in the oven 15 minutes before you are ready to eat).
Goes great with cold beer, cold white wine or slightly chilled red wine.
P.S.
Although there is a knife and cutting board in the picture below, the whole thing is even more agreeable if you just grab a piece and rip it from the loaf 🙂


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Fondue Au Fromage Sec #2

Fondue Au Fromage Sec #2



Preparation : 

mise en place: Sour dough loaf, sun dried tomato, sliced chives, sliced asiago cheese, crumled gorgonzola, mustard, sriracha, olive oil

mise en place: Sour dough loaf, sun dried tomato, sliced chives, sliced asiago cheese, mascarpone, crumbled gorgonzola, grey poupon mustard, sriracha, olive oil

score bread in a criss-cross pattern about half way down, in a bowl, mix all remaining ingredients, then stuff them into the breads cavities.

score bread in a criss-cross pattern about half way down, drizzle a good amount of mascarpone over bread and into the cuts, in a bowl, mix all remaining ingredients, then stuff them into the bread’s cavities.

bake at 375 F until cheese has melthed and center of bread is at 165 F

bake at 375 F until cheese has melted and center of bread is at 165 F

EASY DOES IT # 14 – Fondue Au Fromage Sec,  #2

EASY DOES IT # 14 – Fondue Au Fromage Sec, #2

Fondue Au Fromage Sec #2

Fondue Au Fromage Sec #2

 

Fondue Au Fromage Sec #2

Fondue Au Fromage Sec #2



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Chicken Parmigiana

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This  post is for David’s mom, who needs a fool proof recipe/instructions for chicken parmigiana.
David, make sure you send us pictures when your mom prepares it 🙂

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Chicken Parmigiana

Chicken Parmigiana

season skinnles chicken breast with salt and pepper, bread with flour, egg and bread crumbs

season skinnles chicken breast with salt and pepper, bread with flour, egg and bread crumbs

saute in butter until 3/4 cooked through, remove to baking rack

saute in butter until 3/4 cooked through, remove to baking rack

sprinkle with grated parmesan, cover with tomato sauce

sprinkle with grated parmesan, cover with tomato sauce

covered in tomato sauce

covered in tomato sauce

sprinkle with shredded mozzarella, sprinkle with oregano, bake until cheese has melted

sprinkle with shredded mozzarella, sprinkle with oregano, bake until cheese has melted

meanwhile, cook bucatini until al dente, strain, add finely sliced chilies, scallions, garlic paste, heavy cream, tomato sauce, red wine, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

meanwhile, cook bucatini until al dente, strain, add finely sliced chilies, scallions, garlic paste, heavy cream, tomato sauce, red wine, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

meanwhile, cook bucatini until al dente, strain, add finely sliced chilies, scallions, garlic paste, heavy cream, tomato sauce, red wine, grated parmesan, some of the cooking water, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

meanwhile, cook bucatini until al dente, strain, add finely sliced chilies, scallions, garlic paste, heavy cream, tomato sauce, red wine, grated parmesan, some of the cooking water, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

sprinkle bucatini with fresh basil

sprinkle bucatini with fresh basil

bucatini in creamy tomato sauce

bucatini in creamy tomato sauce

Chicken Parmigiana

Chicken Parmigiana







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Sauted Rib Eye with Mushrooms and Taleggio Ca De Ambros stuffed Twice Baked Potato

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The  steak : EXCELLENT !
The mushrooms : EXCELLENT !
The twice baked potato : OUT OF THIS WORLD !!!
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I have only recently discovered “Taleggio Cheese”, and I feel sorry for myself to have gone 62 years without enjoying this marvel of Italian cheese making. I only know of one shop around here that carries it. It is one of my least favorite stores because it tries to be everything to everybody, which just does not work.  But since a friend steered me to their cheese section, I have gone there at least once a week, just to get my fill of  “Taleggio Ca De Ambros”
For this dinner, I have sauteed the steak in peanut oil, sauteed the mushrooms with diced onions and garlic paste in butter. I baked the potato until cooked through, then I removed the potato flesh from the shell, added kosher salt, sriracha, butter, sliced scallions, garlic paste  and a generous amount of Taleggio. Then I put the mixture for half a minute into the microwave to soften the butter and cheese, mixed it all well and stuffed it back into the potato shell. Baked it in the oven for twenty minutes and – voilà – best twice baked potato ever 🙂

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

Sauted Rib Eye with Mushrooms and Taleggio Ca De Ambros stuffed Twice Baked Potato

Sauted Rib Eye with Mushrooms and Taleggio Ca De Ambros stuffed Twice Baked Potato





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Italy Meets Sweden : “Coppa Ham & Janssons Frestelse”

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If  there is one potato dish that I don’t want to live without, it is surely janssons frestelse. I can eat them for breakfast, lunch , dinner and anytime between. My version is slightly different from the traditional, since I like to use garlic paste in the mixture, as well as finely grated asiago cheese both in the mixture and sprinkled on top of the breadcrumbs. As for the fish, I use both pickled herring and / or anchovies, whatever is available from the cupboard. Frestelse can be perfectly paired with many food items, as well as eaten by them self as a solid foundation for a bit of alcohol on a party night, as I have encountered them the first time so many years ago (1973) in Torekov, Sweden.
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Copa Ham & Janssons Frestelse

Coppa Ham & Janssons Frestelse


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Ingredient’s :

Potatoes,   julienned
Onions,   julienned
Pickled herring,   finely diced (substitute with anchovies if preferred)
Heavy cream,
Garlic,    paste
Bread crumbs,
Butter,
Kosher salt,
Cayenne pepper,
Asiago cheese,   finely grated   (optional)
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Method :

Saute onion in butter until translucent. Mix all ingredients except bread crumbs and half the cheese (if you use). Butter a baking dish, add potato mixture. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and cheese. Add some butter cubes. Bake in 375 oven until potatoes are done and top is golden brown. Enjoy 🙂
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Hans’ Easy Amaretto & Chocolate Chip Cake

Amaretto & Chocolate Chip Sponge Cake

Amaretto & Chocolate Chip Sponge Cake

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Today  when I came home from work was one of the rare occasions when the cake bug bit me, so I prepared this very simple beauty, which is not only easy to prepare, but also, in my humble opinion, one of the most beautiful, great tasting, easy to prepare cakes of all times, especially if you buy or pre-prep the sponge cake in advance.
Here I have used a comercial cake mix for the sponge cake. I usually make my own, but for me that was a bit too time consuming this evening, so I took this short cut 😦
I also baked two sponges because I like to do four layers for a more stunning presentation. This cake freezes very well, so after you take some of it to your friends next door, just freeze the rest in an airtight box until your sweet tooth comes calling again 🙂
Cut of the top and bottom of two sponge cake’s to make even surfaces. Cut each cake into two disc’s. Mix ricotta cheese with sugar, amaretto, a small amount of chocolate powder and mini chocolate chips. Soak all layers of the sponge cake liberally with amaretto. Spread some of the cheese and chocolate chip mixture evenly on all sponge cake layers, reserving some for the sides of the cake. Put all disc’s on top of each other. Spread the remaining cheese mixture on top and side of cake. Decorate with more chocolate chips. Chill for a few hours to set.
To serve, cut into big slices, over-eat  🙂

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