Roasted Red Pepper & Goat Cheese Soup with Garlic Croutons

February 6, 2012
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We’ve had peppers on the brain lately. Reading about them, writing about them and most definitely cooking them. All for an article to be submitted this weekend for a future publication. (More on that some time later). Unfortunately Gourmand is rather adverse to peppers and no matter how often I serve them covered with delicious […]

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Celeriac & Stilton Soup

January 3, 2012
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Today I threw out a bottle of Crystal Hot Sauce that expired in 2005. In the spirit of new years and new beginnings I thought it might be time to purge my refrigerator of the ancient mustards and sauces that clutter the shelves and replace them with shiny new clutter. Boy was it ever time. […]

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At Home For The Holiday

January 2, 2012
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Happy New Year everyone! This New Year’s Eve we opted to stay in, avoiding the crowds, the drunk drivers and the hassles that most often accompany the annual bacchanalia. In the spirit of avoiding the amateurs, we cajoled a small groups of equally crowd weary friends into joining us at home for the evening. When cooking […]

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Creamy Garlic Soup

November 15, 2011
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If you are searching for the perfect Thanksgiving soup, look no further. This creamy garlic soup is a welcome change from the ordinary and staid winter soup. No, squash, no pumpkin, no potato, not here. Yet, the soup has that familiar velvety texture and creamy flavor, so loved by chefs in these colder months. Oddly […]

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Halloween: The Aftermath (Part II)

November 4, 2011
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As I wrote about yesterday, in the interest of not wasting yet another pumpkin I roasted and pureed my leftover Halloween pumpkins to use in as many recipes as I could come up with. Yesterday’s Pumpkin Nut Bread took care of a measly 3 cups of that puree, but what to do with the remaining […]

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Maple Butternut Squash Soup

September 26, 2011
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Here’s an easy and delicious cold weather soup. Don’t balk at the 2 hour cooking time, all you need to do is bake, puree and heat. It’s an easy 1-2-3 dish that is perfect for the Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday, or whenever you need something hearty, flavorful and delicious. Plus, if you have a difficult […]

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Split Pea and Ham Soup

September 5, 2011
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Happy Labor day! We spent the holiday weekend hiding in the house from big, bad Tropical Storm Lee. She turned out not to be so big or so bad, just very rainy. Much ado about nothing. No big deal around our neighborhood, where we rarely flood, but not so much fun when you have to […]

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Cod & Mussel Bouillabaisse

August 15, 2011
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After a week of eating the cream based fish soups of Norway, I had a hankering for a more traditional, continental bouillabaisse, a shellfish and vegetable based broth cooked with the distinct flavors of Provençal herbs and spices. Served with crispy toasts, rouille and an assortment of white and shell fish, the soup is aromatic, […]

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Easy A (As in Asian)

July 20, 2011
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Asian food makes me happy. It’s so varied, flavorful and, despite its saturation of the US market, still a  little bit exotic. After a recent meal at the delicious Thai House South Beach I decided to try to recreate two of my favorite  and most frequently eaten Asian dishes in the comfort of my own […]

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Kitchen Essentials: Chicken Stock

April 30, 2011

It’s already hot here in New Orleans and thermostats are slowly being lowered in the rest of the country, but homemade chicken stock, hot or not is an essential part of any cooks repertoire. Obviously a steaming bowl of chicken soup is especially welcome in the cooler seasons, but stock can be added to cold […]

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