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Cream Puffs with California Avocado Mascarpone Cream

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On July 14th, 1789, the Bastille, a medieval fortress used as a state prison by the king, was stormed by the people of Paris, which commemorated the beginning of the French revolution, the end of Louis XVI’s reign as king of France, and a step towards independence.  In 1880 the Ministry of the Interior recommended […]

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Cheddar Gougères (Savory Cheese Cream Puffs)

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This is one of my absolute favorite times of year.  I love when we start to transition out of summer weather and into fall.  It is still warm, but not crazy hot, and the markets still have summer produce but some of my fall favorites are starting to show up.  PERFECT PICNIC WEATHER!!!!  I’m sorry […]

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Chocolate Pots de Crème

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I keep thinking that spring has arrived here in Utah, and then the weather will turn and we’ll get a new layer of snow on the ground.  Mother Nature is such a tease.  I’ve been watching the new issues of magazines show up on the newsstands, taunting me with spring flowers, and spring inspired dishes, […]

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Purple Sweet Potato Mont Blanc Pudding

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Vanilla pudding topped with a whipped cream layer and finished off with a sweetened purple sweet potato puree makes me weak in the knees.  But let me back up a bit.  A few months ago I received a surprise box of purple sweet potatoes from my friends at Frieda’s.  I was literally jumping up and down […]

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Jarlsberg Cheese Souffle

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” Some people like to paint pictures, or do gardening, or build a boat in the basement. Other people get a tremendous pleasure out of the kitchen, because cooking is just as creative and imaginative an activity as drawing, or wood carving, or music.” — Julia Child Oh what a wise woman Julia Child was!  If […]

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Buckwheat Crêpes with Avocado & Aged Cheddar Cheese

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Buckwheat crêpes filled with aged cheddar cheese and creamy slices of ripe avocado make for easy comfort food that can be enjoyed any time of day.  I’ve got a weakness for crêpes. 

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Chocolate Peppermint Sable Cookies, aka Ninjabread Cookies

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Chocolate Peppermint Sable Cookies (aka, Ninjabread Cookies) Recipe Notes: This cookie dough is also good for rolling out and cutting into shapes with cookie cutters. After making the dough, chill the dough for about 30 minutes in the refrigerator, then roll out into thin sheets with a rolling pin between two pieces of parchment paper […]

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Dark Chocolate Strawberry Cookie Sandwiches for Valentine’s Day

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Because I am determined not to let you find me with glazed eyes lying motionless on my kitchen floor come February 15th, I’ve been thinking of some ways to cut back on sugar overload between now and Valentine’s Day (less than two weeks away!).  Today I’m sharing a recipe for little chocolate sandwich cookies—white chocolate […]

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Nutella Fruit Tartine

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Nutella Fruit Tartine Makes 1 serving 1 slice of bread 1 tablespoon strawberry or raspberry jam 1 1/2 tablespoons Nutella Fresh berries or banana slices 1. Toast the slice of bread. 2. Spread the jam over one side of the bread, then immediately spread the Nutella over the jam layer. 3. Top with fresh berries […]

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Cream Puffs Filled With Lemon Mascarpone Cream

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Cream Puffs Filled With Lemon Mascarpone Cream Makes approximately 60 mini cream puffs 1 batch of mini cream puffs 1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) heavy whipping cream 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 8 ounces mascarpone 5 ounces lemon curd 1. Make the cream puffs. 2. Make the cream filling: In a medium-size mixing bowl beat the […]

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