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Tres Leches Cake

May 22, 2016

It was a special breakfast treat, but has been known to show up for brunch, lunch and dinner.

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Tres Leches Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 C. All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 4 Lg. Eggs
  • 1 1/2 C. Sugar
  • 1/2 C. Whole Milk
  • 1 Can 14 oz. Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 Can 12 oz. Evaporated Milk
  • 2 C. Heavy Cream
  • 3 tablespoons grand marnier
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1/2 t. ground cinnamon

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray and flour 10″ spring form pan; line with parchment paper and grease
  2. Combine the flour and baking powder in a medium bowl/set aside
  3. Whip the egg whites until frothy; add the sugar and beat until stiff peaks
  4. Add the yolks one at a time blending well
  5. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions and alternate with the milk with 2 additions
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake approx. 30 min. (toothpick will come out clean from center)
  7. Cool cake about 10 minutes; invert onto a platter with 1″ high sides
  8. Pierce top of cake with skewer. Mix sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, 1 C. heavy cream and liqueur in a medium bowl
  9. Pour the mixture over cake while still warm; cover and refrigerate until cold (approx. 3 hrs.)
  10. Combine the remaining 1 C. heavy cream with powdered sugar and beat until you have soft peaks
  11. Spread the whipped cream onto top of cake and sprinkle with ground cinnamon

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Serves: 8-12

Recipe from Marcela Valladolid from http://www.foodnetwork.com

Winter Salad Bar

February 23, 2016

Even in South Florida we have winter salads. But getting ready to plant this week, February.

Winter Salad Bar

Menu

 

Waldorf Salad

Green Bean Salad

Three Bean Salad

Herring in Cream Salad Platter

 

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Waldorf Salad

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Green Bean Salad

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Three Bean Salad

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Herring in Cream Salad Platter

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Champagne Cocktails

February 13, 2016

Wherever you are and whoever you are with you should enjoy a Champagne cocktail.  Champagne is so wonderful on its own but with a little bit of extra care you can make it an unforgettable cocktail memory.

 

Champagne Cocktails

CHAMPAGNE COCKTAILS

Champagne Cocktail 

Bellini

Champagne Hibiscus Cocktail

Kir Royale

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Champagne Cocktail

(Glasses by Waterford Lismore)

Bellini

(Champagne Flute by Cartier)

Champagne Hibiscus Cocktail

(Champagne Glass by Reidel)

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Kir Royale

(Champagne Flute by Cartier)

 

Enjoy! I will be adding more so please let me know some of your Champagne cocktails that you share.

Stews and Chili

January 26, 2016

Some days are not as good as others and there are too few cool days in South Florida for stew or chili, so we do make the most of them.

(photo from St. Lioba Beer and Mushroom Soup; http://www.dejavucook.wordpress.com/10/09/2010/saint-lioba-beer-and-mushroom-soup/

Stews and Chili

 

Italian Beef Stew

Irish Stew

Pork Stew

Shrimp Stew with Tomatoes and Coconut Milk

Oyster Stew

Spicy Pinto Bean and Sausage Stew

Chili Con Carne

Cuban Black Bean and Corn Chili

White Bean Chicken Chili

Black Bean and Chorizo Chili (to be published)

Four Bean Chili (to be published)

 

Old Fashioned Beef and Vegetable Stew

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Italian Beef Stew

Irish Stew

Pork Stew

Shrimp Stew with Tomatoes and Coconut Milk

Oyster Stew

Spicy Pinto Bean and Sausage Stew

Chili Con Carne

Cuban Black Bean and Corn Chili

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White Bean Chicken Chili

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Custard Apple Squares

December 16, 2015

Prior to any holiday our time is precious. Do not suffer. Make this for breakfast, snacks, teatime, or dessert. It was delicious with Vanilla Ice Cream.

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Custard Apple Squares

Ingredients

  • 2 T. Unsalted Butter (melted and cooled; a bit more butter for the baking pan)
  • 3 Medium Apples
  • 1/2 C. Flour
  • 1 t. Baking Powder
  • 2 Lg. Eggs
  • 1/3 C. Sugar
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 2 t. Vanilla Extract
  • 6 T. Whole Milk (room temp.)
  • Confectioners’ Sugar (optional for dusting top)

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees; grease 8″ square baking pan
  2. Peel and slice apples (very thin)
  3. Whisk flour and baking powder together in a small bowl
  4. Combine the eggs, sugar and salt in a large bowl for about 2 minutes with a whisk until the eggs are pale; whisk in the vanilla, then the milk and cooled butter
  5. Add the flour mixture into the bowl and whisk until combined
  6. Add the apples and fold in gently until all apples are coated
  7. Pour the mixture into the baking pan and smooth the top
  8. Bake for 40-50 minutes or golden brown; use a knife inserted in the center to check
  9. Transfer to a rack and cool for about 10 minutes
  10. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar

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http://www.doriegreenspan.com

 

Dinner in Tanzania

November 27, 2015

 

This weekend a few friends were visiting from New York and I managed to bring together a menu of memories of Tanzania for all of us.  Some of us were there together and some of us were there at different times.  It was the 60s and early 70s..  Each of us had left NYC alone or with a friend or two on stand-by heading to Nairobi first.  Everything was beyond wonderful and imagine this, we had only read National Geographic Magazines, spent some time at the New York Library to reference countries, received our visas and shots and left for Africa. I prefer this way of travel.

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Dinner in Tanzania

“Menu”

Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Crostini

Artichoke and Egg Spread

Tanzanian Coconut Bean Soup

Roast Duck with Apricots and Prunes

Tanzanian Couscous Salad

Buttered Cabbage

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Fruits of Africa Pie

Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Crostini

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Artichoke and Egg Spread

Tanzanian Coconut Bean Soup

Roast Duck with Apricots and Prunes

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Tanzanian Couscous Salad

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Buttered Cabbage

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Fruits of Africa Pie

 

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Cocoa Brownies from Katherine Hepburn

November 21, 2015

Did Ms. Hepburn really make these brownies? I will never know but any recipe The New York Times publishes has never failed me.

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Cocoa Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C. Cocoa
  • 1 Stick Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Lg. Eggs
  • 1 C. Sugar
  • 1/4 C. Flour
  • 1 C. Walnuts or Pecans (chopped)
  • 1 t. Vanilla
  • Pinch of Salt

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees; grease an 8″ square baking dish
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan; add the cocoa and stir until smooth; remove from heat and cool for a few minutes
  3. Whisk in the eggs one at a time, stir in the vanilla
  4. In another bowl cmbine the sugar, flour and salt; add to the cocoa mixture and stir until combined
  5. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes (do not overbake); let cool before cutting into squares

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Serves: 9

Recipe from: http://www.nytimes.com

 

 

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