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Gruyère & Caramelized Onion Tart

Better Than I Imagined Gruyère cheese has become one of my favorite cheeses since my time living in Sweden after high school. Yes, Gruyère is a type of Swiss, not a Swedish cheese but it was in Sweden where I ate it for the first time and it turned me into a cheese-crazed person. I have been thinking about making this tart for decades but the puff pastry scared the crap out of me. I thought that there is no way I would be successful in making it. Then I learned that most folks I know that use puff pastry,…

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Baker & Brewer = EVO without the Drive

EVO Pizzeria Long before everyone was making brick-oven pizza, EVO Pizzeria was doing it in the Park Circle area of North Charleston. To me, brick-ovens makes the best pizza, so I loved going there whenever I had a craving. While EVO remains one of my favorite spots still today, now there are brick-oven pizzerias all over town. So while EVO reigns supreme in my eyes, I rarely made the drive anymore. So when I heard that EVO Pizzeria was joining forces with Holy City Brewing to open a spacious location in the old DeSano Pizza building downtown, I was out…

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Gluten-Free Orange Almond Polenta Cake

I made this gluten-free cake on my second day of baking with my sister. I also made a classic Victoria’s Sandwich, but I was less happy with that, and this was so delicious. Now before I get to this fab gluten-free recipe, I want to explain that the cookbook I reference is my British cookbook from the GBBO show. For that reason, the recipe is in grams instead of cups, and I like it that way. We all know that my efforts in baking have been “iffy” at best. So translating the measurements seemed silly when grams is a much…

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Short Ribs Asian Style

I had gone back and forth on whether or not I should post the incredibly delicious short ribs that are based on a Marcus Samuelsson recipe that he prepared for President Obama about eight years ago. They were the main course at a dinner party we had. The reason for this debate is because there was a 5-hour power outage during the day that delayed EVERYTHING. (Yes, I have an electric stove.) The power came back on two hours before dinner was to be served, and an hour before the guests arrived. And did I mention that the short ribs…

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Barsa * Unrecipe * Summer Sips

This is a post that I should call This, That and The Other because it is different topics that are unrelated to each other but are all themes of my blog, eating out – this week at Barsa; creating food- a simple Unrecipe appetizer; and drinking and sharing wine – New Summer Sips. Hopefully, that means that there is something in this post for everyone. But before I go there, I have to tell you that last week was insane as I pulled off a hugely successful invitation-only tasting with Gratus Vineyards. Typically, I would not host a tasting when…

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Baking Day * Part 2 * Sweet & Savory

If you missed Part One of our baking day, you would want to go back. In part one, I posted about making Kouign Amann.  A Breton flaky, buttery sweet pastry that I first saw on The Great British Bake Off. Since then, I found a local bakery that makes them, but I rarely can get there before they are gone for the day. So if you missed it, take a look back. But today I will share the savory German roll that Craig made and the sweet, gluten-free breakfast roll that my sister made. Lastly, I will share the shortbreads…

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Ready, Set, Bake * Kouign Amann * Part 1

As I have said before, I am a huge, huge fan of the TV show The Great British Bake Off (Netflix changed the name to The Great British Baking Show for the US market). I am not sure why I love this show so much because I am a crappy baker. But the thrill is there, and I can’t wait for more seasons to show up on Netflix starting in August. My youngest sister is also a huge fan and last Christmas, unaware of the other, we each got the other a cookbook from the show. So when she suggested…

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UnRecipes * Two In Your Pocket

Much like the Goat Cheese and Sun-dried Tomato Spread from a couple of weeks ago, today’s post features unrecipes. These preparations are so simple that it really cannot be called anything more. I needed both of these for my dinner party last Friday. There will be a post about that as well, but it is a much bigger post, and I need more time to pull it together. So in the meantime, here are the two unrecipes. One is an appetizer, and one is a jam. Unrecipe #1: Mediterranean Olive Tapenade with Lemon and Rosemary Ok, this tapenade is the…

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Goat Cheese Spread with Two Ingredients

Today, I have got the simplest goat cheese recipe for you. But before I get to that, I wanted to let you know that I am branching out a bit. As part of the Strong Coffee to Red Wine brand, I will be producing small scale, private, invitation-only wine tasting events from wineries that do not have retail nor on-premise wine distribution in South Carolina, but can be shipped directly from the winery. These are wines that you will never find unless you go to the source (the winery) either in person or online. And who wouldn’t love to taste…

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Brownies with a Hack

I love brownies with crisp edges and gooey centers. I also think that there is enough chocolate in brownies that you do not need to add chocolate chips to the batter. But that does not mean you should not do all you can to enhance the chocolate flavor in this delectable dessert morsel. For some reason lately, the newsfeed on my phone has been sending me brownie recipes. So I have been craving them. As I mentioned in my last brunch post, brownies were the dessert du jour. They were great the day I made them but lost its goo…

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