Monthly Archives: May 2015

Thinking about brownies

My coworkers weren’t so enthusiastic about my idea for a carrot-cake tasting (and to be honest, carrot cake is a good bit of work), so I’m thinking about other things I might do. One obvious candidate is brownies, which are … Continue reading

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Other people’s recipes: Rosetta Costantino’s Crostata al Gelo di Mellone

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Two days ago, I took you through making a sweet Italian pastry dough called pasta frolla. Yesterday, it was gelo di mellone, a Sicilian watermelon pudding. Now it’s time to put them together: crostata al gelo di mellone, or watermelon … Continue reading

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Other people’s recipes: Rosetta Costantino’s Gelo di Mellone

For the second installment of this series about Rosetta Costantino’s watermelon pudding tart, today I’m looking at the watermelon-pudding filling, or gelo di mellone. If like me the pudding you grew up with was instant pudding, made in a blender … Continue reading

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Other people’s recipes: Rosetta Costantino’s Pasta frolla

This is the first in a series of three posts exploring the tart shown on the front cover of Rosetta Costantino’s Southern Italian Desserts (Ten Speed Press, 2013): I’ll start with the pastry itself — a standard Italian short-crust pastry … Continue reading

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Towards a unified theory of frozen desserts

From an early age, I had the understanding that there were four different kinds of ice cream: the traditional American style, called “Philadelphia”, which is made with milk, cream, sugar, and flavoring; “French”, which is a frozen egg custard; “Italian” … Continue reading

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Recipe quick takes: Louise Beylerian’s Zucchini and Cheese Pie (via Elaine Louie)

Zucchini and cheese pie (p. 245) was the first recipe I tried to make from Elaine Louie’s cookbook The Occasional Vegetarian (Hyperion, 2011), which is a collection of 100 recipes featured in her New York Times column. I’ll admit that what … Continue reading

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Limited posts for a while

I spent the past weekend in San Diego, so there’s no new food to post about. Also, we are entering that time of year when my workplace is chock full of free food, and I also have a substantial amount … Continue reading

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Other people’s recipes: Andrea Nguyen’s Star Anise and Lemongrass Sloppy Joe Bánh Mi

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The Amazon recommender system really thinks I like cookbooks, perhaps with good reason. Pretty much every new cookbook published shows up on my recommendations, and as a result I own far too many cookbooks. Some of them are thick, weighty … Continue reading

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Recipe quick takes: Diane St. Clair’s Spicy Carrot Cake Muffins

This was originally intended to be more of a walk-through than a quick take, but my camera battery had other ideas. (It’s recharged now.) This is connected in some small degree with my research last month into carrot cake recipes, … Continue reading

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