Recipes

“Cry no more” lentil & bone broth soup with parsley garlic oil

by ali

Two weeks ago,  our hearts were broken. Our amazing dog of 14 years, Bacon the incredibly insightful and sensitive pug, was finally released to the next realm. On November 9th of 2001, I adopted Bacon when he was a puppy of 8 weeks old. In truth, Bacon picked me, and I’m so grateful he did. At the breeder, […]

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Fresh Fish Stock

by ali

So I FINALLY got to go fishing for my birthday – a lovely and generous trip with a guide booked for me by my husband Scott. We launched the boat shivering with excitement in the early darkness yesterday morning onto New Melones Resevoir in Calaveras County with Monte from Gold Country Sport Fishing  , a […]

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Polenta with Chicken Broth

by ali

“What people and lumpy polenta have in common.” Imagine you were a cozy, dry particle of cornmeal, awakened from slumber with the brutal act of being thrown into a pot of unfamiliar boiling matter…you’d probably want to clump together with the other grains of cornmeal wouldn’t you? Food often reminds me of people. I had […]

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Chicken and Spinach Enchilada Casserole with Poblano Cream Recipe

by ali

We were married in Punta Pescadero, Mexico in June of 2008. We had decided to have a smaller more intimate wedding with our family and closest friends. Part of our motivation was that my sisters live in Canada, Germany and my honorary sister lives in Norway, and we needed a way to get everyone to […]

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Tortellini in Broth – Simple and Elegant Recipe

by ali

One of the favorites dishes in our household is also one of the most simple recipes we make. We start with a trip to “Italian Disneyland” otherwise known as Roma Italian Market, in Pasadena, which you can read about in detail on my other blog alilovesla.com You stand in line and blissfully taste the cheeses […]

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How To Make A Souffle: Gorgonzola Souffle Recipe

by ali

A Souffle is an important dish to add to your culinary repetoire whether you are a beginner or a skilled cook. The wonderful thing about souffle’s is that they can be easily modified to be savory or sweet, for a whole range of different ingredients and flavors and the basic technique stays the same.  No, […]

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Valentines Day Gift Ideas: A Recipe for Finding Love in the Kitchen

by ali

Generally, the idea of “Valentine’s Day” makes me gag like a Scandinavian spoonful of lukewarm lutefisk as I consider it a “manufactured” holiday designed to make women feel lonely, men feel abused, and to help restaurants, candy stores, florists, jewelery marts, card makers, makeup manufacturers and diet plans experience the cash infusion they so need […]

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Orange Custard

by ali

For those who appreciate the sweet and the savory sides of dessert, this orange custard is a terrific light solution to ending a lovely meal. Ingredients 1 ½ cups sugar ¼ cup water 3 cups milk Grated zest of 2 oranges 5 large eggs Pinch kosher salt ½ teaspoon vanilla extract Instructions Combine ¾ cup […]

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Fond Brun De Boef – French Beef Stock Recipe

by ali

I love Saveur Magazine. You should Buy it here because it will enrich your reading and culinary life and you will learn a LOT of in depth food history in addition to recipes and fun facts that make you salivate as you read. I read it, cover to cover on a monthly basis. Like the […]

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Sauteed Brussel Sprouts with Bacon & Broth Recipe

by ali

This is a recipe we got from Scotts Dad Jack – an amazingly great cook who I am forever grateful to because he taught my sexy husband how to cook GREAT food and to be an adventurous eater. Its a tasty, rich and perfect side dish and we eat it all the time. We love […]

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