[17 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]
Classic Baked Alaska Cooking Forward Part II

This dish is a great example of Cooking Forward, one of my favorite techniques in which a component of last night’s meal gets transformed into something entirely different today (now that’s make ahead!).  In this case we’re taking the Espresso Gelato from yesterday’s post and turning it into this classic retro dessert.   So go ahead and make some Espresso Gelato and then come back to this post.  We’ll wait. (OK if you don’t want to make ice cream you can se store bought and still make this dish).

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[21 Nov 2013 | No Comment | ]

The Brief Story of Bellini’s Success
Did you know that famous English movie producer and American writers Alfred Hitchcock, Earnest Hemingway, and Orson Welles’ favorite drink choice was a Bellini? This drink was such a hit, that The Wall Street Journal described this drink as “a crowd pleaser, festive and frivolous and, if made at the height of white peach season, worthy of its popularity.” What made this concoction so popular that even huge names from the literary and entertainment industry adore it so much?

The Birth of Bellini

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[16 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]
Espresso Gelato — Cooking Forward

Sometimes when I think about cooking for the freezer, I forget about the obvious things like ice cream (I don’t know why, it’s my favorite food on earth).  So here’s a good recipe to remedy that.  This dish is a great example of Cooking Forward, one of my favorite techniques in which a component of tonight’s meal gets transformed into something entirely different tomorrow (now that’s make ahead!).  Read more about Cooking Forward here.

Of course this rich espresso gelato — no wimpy instant coffee here, I use … Read more

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[6 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]
Freezer Friendly Gourmet Breakfast Panini

Prosciutto, eggs, and melted cheese stuffed into a crusty panini roll – breakfast doesn’t get any better than these upscale breakfast sandwiches.  Just pop in the oven or toaster oven when you wake up and by the time you finish showering and dressing, they’re ready.

If you are lucky enough to have a Trader Joe’s store nearby, they sell fabulous par baked panini rols that work perfectly in this recipe.  If not, most grocery stores also sell some parbaked bread options, choose one of those.  Trader Joe’s is also a … Read more

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[28 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Make Ahead Grilled Corn Salad — Cooking Forward Part II

This recipe is a great example of Cooking Forward, one of my favorite techniques in which tonight’s meal gets transformed into something entirely different tomorrow.  Since this recipe is Part II, it’s tomorrow (meaning you will have already have to have made Part I, Grilled Mexican Style Corn, before you will be able to make this salad from the leftovers, or as I like to call it “Forward Food.”  Go ahead, click on the Mexican Style Grilled Corn recipe and make that first, we’ll wait.  Then come back … Read more

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[27 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Mexican Style Grilled Corn — Cooking Forward Part I

This dish is a great example of Cooking Forward, one of my favorite techniques in which a component of tonight’s meal gets transformed into something entirely different tomorrow (now that’s make ahead!).  Read more about Cooking Forward here.

This recipe makes a fantastic grilled corn side dish.  Prepared Mexican style with mayonnaise and cheese, this corn needs no butter, just take it off the grill and eat!  While Parmesan may not be most authentic cheese to use, it works perfectly well, tastes delicious, and is easy for most … Read more

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[10 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Make Ahead Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Everyone always oohs and ahhs over Chocolate Covered Strawberries, but they aren’t difficult to make. The trick is to keep all water way from the melting chocolate, as even a single drop will make it :seize” and turn into a grainy mess.  Likewise, wash then dry your strawberries well with paper towels before dipping.

6 ounces dark or milk chocolate
2  ounces white chocolate (optional)
about 12 large strawberries

How To Melt Chocolate
Take care when melting chocolate or you can easily end up with a grainy mess. The lighter … Read more

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[29 May 2012 | One Comment | ]
Make Ahead Stuffed Strawberries

Almost like a strawberry stuffed with cheesecake, this fruity finger food recipe is always a crowd pleaser,  whether you serve it for brunch, lunch, or an evening party.  This recipe also makes great anytime snacks.  Make this up to 2 hours ahead of when needed, keep covered and chilled in the fridge until serving time.

Makes 12 Large Stuffed Strawberries

12 large, fresh strawberries, washed and dried
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar
1 tablespoon sour cream or yogurt (plain or strawberry flavored)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extractRead more