Posts tagged christmas
Icelandic Chocolate Cake

The recipe is simple and like all good food, the quality of the ingredients determines the outcome of the finished cake. Do splurge on the chocolate and the Irish butter. Shhh--only the baker needs to know that this is a melt-in-the-mouth, six ingredient, ten minute to mix cake. 

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Gordon Hamersley's Seared Rack of Lamb

Although this recipe is from his out of print cookbook, Bistro Cooking at Home, you may be able to find a copy on the Internet. When Gordon Hamersley announced he was closing his beloved South End restaurant, the book immediately sold for about $200 online. Today, you can find a used copy at a much more reasonable price. This elegant and exotic preparation has a reputation for changing the minds of lamb eating skeptics.

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Rustic Pear Tart

Pears are gorgeous out of hand eating fruit. If you just can't wait until the fruit is ripe, however, slightly hard pears are perfect for tarts. A bit of sugar and butter is all you need to coax them to perfection. The crispy crunch of the crust paired with the smooth velvet texture of the baked pears is divine. 

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Winston Churchill Cocktail

When crowds gather to celebrate the holiday season a festive drink gets the party started. Look at history for inspiration. Winston Churchill fondly noted, "A single glass of champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration. The nerves are braced: the imagination is agreeably stirred." Just the kind of mood setting called for to raise spirits and enjoy the company of family and new friend, and old. Churchill's drink of choice, Pol Roger champagne needs little enhancement. A wee bit of Aperol, a festive cranberry garnish, and a splash of sparkling water create a perfect bubbling conversation companion.

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Pumpkin Spice Tart with Maple Whipped Cream

Chemists and anthropologic scientists study the American obsession with pumpkin spice. It turns out that there is a complex physiological and emotional response to certain smells and tastes that takes both branches of science to fully comprehend. First, the science behind aroma explains the important relationship between food and taste. Second, nostalgia and the association of pumpkin pie with America's beloved Thanksgiving traditions help clarify the emotional response to the complex sweet savory combination of roasted squash, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice.

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