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ROASTED CHICKEN STUFFED WITH FIGS AND RICE

Who doesn’t love a one-dish dinner? Protein, fruit, veggies, nuts and carbs – this recipe has it all. You don’t need to wait for fresh figs to show up at the grocery to make this – just use dried figs, soak them, and drain and it’s every bit as delicious. This is perfect for a cold weekend when you don’t feel like cooking. Pop this in the oven on Friday night and you can nibble all weekend long. Ihope you […]

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FLUFFY OMELETTE

I love a Breakfast Presentation. You know what I mean – you’re sitting stoop-shouldered at the kitchen table, sleepy and cranky and feeling as if you’ve lost the power of speech, and then someone places a fluffy omelette in front of you and everything changes. These omelettes are so beautiful and easy (basically you’re just adding one step in separating the eggs and beating them to peaks before cooking the omelette.) It emerges as a light, soft, soufflé-like creation, topped […]

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BARLEY CAULIFLOWER SALAD

Happiest of New Years! We’re starting ours with a healthy but substantial salad to begin to offset yesterday’s food transgressions. Time to pay the piper, but let’s do it deliciously, with a warm barley and roasted cauliflower salad that feels like a meal. It’s also a great side with chicken or fish, and as cold leftovers – well, there won’t be any but if there were, you’d enjoy them. Wishing you a year of peace, health and good food! Barley […]

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CHOCOLATE CINNAMON ROLLS

What’s better than a warm, gooey cinnamon roll on Christmas morning? A warm gooey cinnamon roll with slivers of chocolate melted through it, that’s what. This is the stuff Christmas memories are made of, and I only make them once a year because they are truly irresistible. If you’re leery of working with yeast, be reassured – as long as your yeast is fresh they will come out looking like a bakeshop dream. Enjoy! Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls Makes 10 medium-sized […]

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BILL YOSSES’ CHOCOLATE-CHOCOLATE COOKIES

The first time I met Bill Yosses he was interviewing for the position of White House pastry chef. The Chief Usher, Gary Walters, and I had been interviewing pastry chefs for a couple of months and I was struck by Bill’s easy self-confidence and positive attitude. Then he baked for the Bushes (Gary and I taste-tested also) and everyone was sold. He went on to expand his skills even further in the Obama White House, where he found new and […]