Poutine is the ultimate French-Canadian junk food. It originally came from Quebec. Jean-Paul Roy claims to be the inventor of Poutine in 1964; and so does Restaurateur Ferdinand Lachance in 1955 – kind of like the French Dip dilemma. It is a dish consisting of French fries topped with fresh “Cheese curds”, covered with brown […]

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  April 3, 2016   No comments

Homemade Pittsburgh Pierogies with Sour Cream

My dad grew up in working class neighborhood in Pittsburgh. Last month, he was talking about how much he missed having chipped ham sandwiches. I went home and discovered that you can order chipped ham and Pierogies – Pittsburgh’s Halftime Gift Box from the from the Pennsylvania Macaroni Co. I decided that this would be his Christmas gift. It […]

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  January 3, 2014   1 comment

Fried Emmental Cheese with Cranberry Sauce

Yes, I know, it’s fried cheese! My brother-in-law, Russell, brought some Emmental cheese from Zabar’s in New York city. When life gives you emmental, fry it! The key is to put it in the freezer for an hour before frying to prevent it from melting. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:150]  

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  December 16, 2013   1 comment

Homemade Ricotta

Guest blogger Jessica from Beauty Marks again. I adore ricotta cheese – could eat it out of the container. But why do that when you can make your own? It’s actually far easier than you think, and the end result is sublime. You can use lower-fat dairy products if you want, but for best results, […]

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  July 25, 2013   No comments

Cauliflower Macaroni & Cheese

Guest blogger du jour Sharon from Brisbane, Australia signing in with a recipe for Cauliflower Macaroni & Cheese, from a popular TV show here called “Better Homes & Gardens”. This is a recipe presented as a good way to get children to eat some vegetables – but it is more than that – the cauliflower […]

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  June 5, 2013   No comments

Asparagus Tart with Fromage Blanc & Comté

Guest blogger Jessica (Denver, CO) from Beauty Marks again. Spring has not sprung yet here in Colorado, but we’re doing our damnedest to pretend that it has. So I broke out this great recipe, loosely adapted from an Epicurious recipe, to brighten up a recent dinner with out-of-town guests. It was just delicious. Asparagus Tart […]

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  May 9, 2013   4 comments

Tillamook Vintage White Cheese Fondue

My husband teaches a class at the Annenberg School at USC. The University Club at USC just moved into a different building and opened last week. One of the appetizers they serve at the bar is soft pretzels with a cheese fonduta. I found this recipe from Tillamook (my favorite domestic cheddar).  This recipe uses […]

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  October 12, 2012   4 comments

Hasselback Potatoes with Cheddar

The Hasselback potoato is a recipe developed at one of Stockholm’s popular old Restaurant Hasselbacken.  They look like they would be difficult to make, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll make these a lot.  You can make these using Parmesan cheese, rosemary, thyme, whatever strikes your fancy! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:359]

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  September 11, 2012   2 comments

Amuse-Gueules au Roquefort (Roquefort Cheese Balls)

Happy 102nd Birthday! There are many wonderful tips in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.  Here are two that I love.  Y0u should heed these rules, unless you would like to be vague beef-buyer!  Raise a glass and toast the woman that changed the course of cooking in America. Overcooking A cardinal point in the […]

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  August 15, 2012   1 comment