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Plantain and Coconut Soup with Shrimp, Tomato and Avocado Salad – Recipe

I wanted to make mushroom soup for my 2012 Christmas Eve dinner.  Mika wanted butternut squash soup.  I figured I’d compromise and find something else.  For some reason I was set on having a savory fruit-based soup, so when I … Continue reading

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Eggnog Recipe

I’m not the hugest eggnog fan in the world, but I wanted to have something to serve my Christmas Eve dinner guests when they first arrived.  For some reason eggnog came to mind. This recipe, from Alton Brown, was fairly … Continue reading

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Wine-Braised Short Ribs with Cocoa and Star Anise – Recipe

This year – 2012 – short ribs were eatured as the main dish on my Christmas Eve dinner table.  I love short ribs and I couldn’t think of anything else to make for this dinner.  Of course, I had to … Continue reading

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Braised Red Chard – Recipe

I got some beautiful organic red chard from someone who was going on a trip, and decided to use it to make a side dish for the short ribs I’d be serving for Christmas Eve.  This recipe from Rachel Ray … Continue reading

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Peanut Butter Trifle – Recipe

One of my Facebook friends posts pictures of beautiful desserts from time to time, and some time ago I chanced upon one of peanut butter trifle.  I loved the idea and immediately decided that I would make it for Christmas.  … Continue reading

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Apple, Onion and Bacon Pie recipe

I have to bring an appetizer to a Holiday Party for an organization I belong to, and for some reason I decided that I wanted a fruit-based savory pie.  After some online research I ended up with this flavor combination, … Continue reading

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Buttermilk Corn Bread – Recipe

I was invited to an Easter/Zombie Day brunch today, and I was supposed to bring something.  I don’t know why I thought of cornbread, but as it was one of the few things I had all the ingredients to make, … Continue reading

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One Hanukkah, Two Briskets, Dozens of Latkes

Dec. 2013 UPDATE: I repeated this same menu at my Hanukkah party this year.  Making the latkes at the last minute was great in that they tasted amazing, BUT I did spend half the party in the kitchen, so I will … Continue reading

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Wine Braised Short Ribs

I decided to make short ribs for my 2011 Christmas Eve dinner because I’ve run out of new cuts of meats to try.  I’ve done a standing rib roast, a boneless prime rib roast, roast beef, beef Wellington (twice!), rack … Continue reading

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Curried Butternut Squash Soup – Recipe

Once again, my daughter Mika asked me to make butternut squash soup as part of my Christmas Eve menu.  I had made a version of it for my 2008 Christmas Eve dinner, but I hadn’t been that thrilled with it.  … Continue reading

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