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The Daring Cooks' Challenge: Char Sui and Char Sui Bao (charred BBQ Pork plain and in buns)

The Daring Cooks' Challenge:  Char Sui and Char Sui Bao (charred BBQ Pork plain and in buns)
Comments : 9 Posted in : Breads and muffins, Main Dishes, Recipes, Tested Recipes on by : salernos
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Our Daring Cooks’ December 2011 hostess is Sara from Belly Rumbles! Sara chose awesome Char Sui Bao as our challenge, where we made the buns, Char Sui, and filling from scratch – delicious! This challenge was a resounding success receiving the highest award from the taste testers at each step of the way.  First the
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Chocolate Maraschino Cherry Cupcakes with White Chocolate Roses

Comments : 3 Posted in : candy, Dessert, Food photography, gifts, Photography, Recipes, Tested Recipes on by : salernos
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I love the things that can be done with fondant, but although nobody seems to acknowledge it, the stuff doesn’t really taste very good.  Years ago I saw the recipe for white chocolate (which I adore) plastic but had forgotten about it until I saw it again recently and thought I’d give it a try.
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Recipe Test: Cook's Illustrated Chicken Canzanese

Recipe Test:  Cook's Illustrated Chicken Canzanese
Comments : 3 Posted in : Food photography, Food TV Recipe Tests, Main Dishes, Recipes, Tested Recipes on by : salernos
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This weekend’s episode was Chicken Canzanese and it looked so good I had to give it a try.  I was not disappointed nor was the family!  The chicken skin was crisp, the interior was moist and the sauce was fantastic.    This is a chicken meal that you could definitely serve to company and was
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The Daring Bakers Challenge: Fraisier inspired Raspberry and Blueberry Cream Chocolate Cake

Comments : 15 Posted in : Dessert, Recipes, Tested Recipes on by : salernos
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This month’s challenge was just made for me, what could be better than a strawberry cream cake?  I did have one slight problem and I need to make sure I remember next time; if you want to keep the kids from eating the strawberries (that you know are their favorite)  make sure you tell them
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The Daring Cooks Challenge – handmade spätzle (with meatballs in cream sauce)

The Daring Cooks Challenge – handmade spätzle (with meatballs in cream sauce)
Comments : 3 Posted in : Pasta/Pizza, Quick and Simple, Recipes, Sauces, Tested Recipes on by : salernos
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This month’s challenge was to make noodles, with a suggestion for Spätzle.  A long (long) time ago I lived in Germany for several years and became very fond of them but although I’ve made lots of other types of noodles,  for some reason just never tried these.  I know my choice of meatballs in cream sauce
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5 minute dessert – no bake chocolate cake

5 minute dessert – no bake chocolate cake
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I absolutely love Heidi Swanson’s blog 101 Cookbooks.  Her recipes are wonderful but even more, her pictures are gorgeous and inspiring.  I decided to try her No Bake Chocolate Cake.  This is so simple and quick and the family gave it the thumbs up.  I will definitely make it again! Basically just cream and chocolate, it
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The Daring Baker's Challenge: Baklava with homemade dough

The Daring Baker's Challenge: Baklava with homemade dough
Comments : 2 Posted in : Breads and muffins, Dessert, gifts, Recipes, Tested Recipes on by : salernos
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This month’s Daring Baker’s Challenge was one I was looking forward to but unfortunately, due to an unexpected but exciting event (my sliders were chosen as one of the top 5 in the LA Times Battle of the Burgers so I was invited for photos and a visit to the test kitchen in Los Angeles)
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Roasted Sweet Potato Salad (from someone who doesn’t like salads) – Daring Cooks (very challenging) Challenge

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad (from someone who doesn’t like salads) – Daring Cooks (very challenging) Challenge
Comments : 6 Posted in : Appetizers and Soups, Food photography, Main Dishes, Quick and Simple, Recipes, Tested Recipes on by : salernos
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As we have already established, I’m a picky eater.   I generally don’t do salads of any kind mostly because I don’t like condiments – no ketchup, no mustard, no dressing (or anything with vinegar in it), absolutely no mayonnaise and healthy is clearly not my strength so coming up with a healthy potato salad
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Chocolate Marquise (fancy plated chocolate mousse with meringue)

Comments : 9 Posted in : Dessert, Food photography, Recipes, Tested Recipes on by : salernos
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Once again this month there was a great challenge.  This time Husband, who isn’t much of a dessert person unless it is chocolate was very pleased with the Marquise and since both kids were home from college, there were plenty of takers as it made a lot.  It looked a little daunting at first with
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