Author Archives: Gretacooks

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Pains au Chocolat

Croissant dough takes, as my son would say, “a minute”. For those of us older than 40, “a minute” means serious time.  It’s not your everyday dough. Christmas breakfast calls for something special, though, so 3AM did not seem an … Continue reading

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Avocado Chévre Spread

Spreads, tapenades and sauces can turn a good dish into something extraordinary, and many take only a few minutes to make. This avocado-chévre spread is wonderful on salmon or serve it on crostini with some fresh black pepper. Ingredients: 2 … Continue reading

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Chocolate coeurs á la créme

Coeurs translates as heart in French. This simple dessert isn’t shaped anything like a heart, it doesn’t contain any hearts… so I’m guessing Chocolate Love with Creme is a closer translation. Chocolate, creme, berries + EASY definitely = love/heart. Serves … Continue reading

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Crab, Mango and Avocado Salad

As I mentioned in my previous blog entry, I have a lot of crab to play with right now and it makes me so happy! Crab is versatile. It can be light or heavy, depending on how you serve it. Last … Continue reading

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Vol Au Vent, Feuilletés Aux Fruits De Mer

Oregon is an Eden for food lovers. In Portland, where I live, it seems on every corner there’s a Farmer’s Market bursting with the colors of the latest harvest. This weekend I found orange beets, glowing Meyer lemons, delicate watercress … Continue reading

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Orange Granitas in Chocolate Teardrops

Tempering chocolate is tricky and I still don’t have it down. Luckily, the granitas is frozen so that alone inhibits the normal melting that would be happening to this dessert at room temperature. Instead of explaining tempering, I’ll include a … Continue reading

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Beef Wellington with Béarnaise Sauce

I’ve always loved the idea of Beef Wellington – lovely, tender beef wrapped in pastry. Seems ideal, doesn’t it? One problem: I don’t like mushrooms (one of the key ingredients). I’ve never liked them. They taste like dirt and they’re … Continue reading

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Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake with Berries in Lavender Syrup and Honey Parfait

Charleston is famous for many things: its history, charming architecture, sweltering heat… but have you heard about the food? A special thanks to my friend for bringing me Classic Charleston Desserts. Thanks to this book, we can all enjoy some famous Southern … Continue reading

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Guinness Stout Chocolate Cake

It’s September and time to make a Birthday Cake! My friend, Lee, passed along this recipe from Epicurious for a not-too-sweet dark chocolate cake. The recipe makes a three layer 8″ round cake. If you make all three layers, your … Continue reading

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