Archive for July, 2008:

Jul
31

Tonight at The Shack

Tonight The Shack will be exploring the country that prides itself on culinary contributions to the civilized world. The country that gave you the french fry, chocolate, waffles, and some of the finest beers and cheese in the world.  You guessed it – Belgium!   On the menu tonight (Thursday , July 31) will be:   […]

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Jul
30

Almond Gateau with Praline Buttercream (Daring Bakers)

To make this cake you will need: 1 recipe Almond Genoise 1 recipe sugar syrup, flavored with Grand Marnier 1 recipe Praline Buttercream ½ cup heavy cream, whipped to soft peaks 1 recipe Apricot Glaze 1 recipe Ganache Glaze, prepared just before using Almond Genoise 1 1/2 cups almonds, skinned and toasted 2/3 cup cake […]

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Jul
30

Almond Gateau with Praline Buttercream

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It’s time for another Daring Bakers’ Challenge, this time a complex cake that kept me busy for about six hours. The original recipe is a Filbert Gateau with Praline Buttercream from Carol Walter’s “Great Cakes.” I prefer almonds over hazelnuts, so I made that little substitution. For such a seemingly simple looking cake, there were […]

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Jul
29

Corti Brothers Out, Good Eats In

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When I first moved to Sacramento nearly six years ago, I was in need of a butcher to help me with my meat selection for a recipe I was making. After asking around, it was unanimous that I go to Corti Brothers. Friends also advised me to pick up some great wine and a delicious […]

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Jul
29

Lounge on 20, Sacramento

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A few weeks ago (I’m way behind, I know), fellow Sac Foodie, Julie, invited me to attend a get-together with a few other Sacramento-area food bloggers, at Lounge on 20, the new endeavor of her friend and local restaurateur Ali who is also behind Restaurant 55 Degrees. I had the immense pleasure of sitting next […]

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Jul
28

Orange Raisin Rum Pound Cake

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I found this recipe in a cookbook that my sister gave to me years ago and thought it would be perfect for our potluck. The cookbook has Oregon history in each section and my sister was living in Oregon at time, so you can brush up on your Oregon history while your food cooks! Orange […]

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Jul
25

Sun-Dried Tomato-Pesto Cheese Torte

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My recipe for our anniversary potluck came from a Publix supermarket recipe card. I was searching for a fun, colorful appetizer for my grandmother’s homemade pesto.  (When grandma’s pesto is in short supply, the jar variety in the pasta/sauce aisle works just as well — and a little goes a long way.)  The beauty of […]

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Jul
23

Venezuelan Night at The Shack

This Thursday night (July 24), The Shack will honor the new Miss Universe, Dayana Mendoza, with a night of food and fun inspired by her national cuisine, Venezuelan. The menu includes: – Manchego Arepas: Thick corn tortilla split and stuffed with filling of choice (black beans, beef, chicken, etc.) – Pabellon Criollo: Traditional shredded beef stew […]

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Jul
21

Baked Risotto with Asparagus, Spinach and Parmesan

This past year, my mother decided it was high time I learned to cook.  To get this point across, I received more than a few cookbooks as Christmas presents.  This recipe is one of my favorites from an Italian cookbook she gave me.  So I thought it would be just the thing to bring to […]

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Jul
18

Whole Wheat Blueberry Oat Cookies

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1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon salt 2 sticks butter, room temperature 1 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons sugar, divided 2 eggs, room temperature 2 teaspoons vanilla 3 1/2 cups old fashioned oats 1 cup dried whole […]

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