gianduja…

Gianduja Torte Originally uploaded by ulterior epicure. Gianduja is so good that you can’t help but know there is a God. Although hazelnuts and cocao trees grow continents apart. The former prefer cooler climates (mostly in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia), whereas the latter cluster in the hotter tropics around the equator. Of course, […]

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gianduja…

Gianduja Torte Originally uploaded by ulterior epicure. Gianduja is so good that you can’t help but know there is a God. Although hazelnuts and cocao trees grow continents apart. The former prefer cooler climates (mostly in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia), whereas the latter cluster in the hotter tropics around the equator. Of course, […]

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a baking bonanza…

Pecan Spice Cake Sorry for my extended absence. I’m really not worthy of your audience. I’ve been swamped with work and life. Maybe I can make it up by sharing a a recipe with you. Two weeks ago, neighbors of mine celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Their children, some of whom I had grown up with, were all […]

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a baking bonanza…

Pecan Spice Cake Sorry for my extended absence. I’m really not worthy of your audience. I’ve been swamped with work and life. Maybe I can make it up by sharing a a recipe with you. Two weeks ago, neighbors of mine celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Their children, some of whom I had grown up with, were all […]

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rosemary and olive’s baby…

Rosemary and Olive Oil Cake ulterior epicure. What happens when rosemary has a heated affair with olive oil, flour, some sugar, and eggs?  She has a wonderfully fragrant and delicious poundcake-like lovechild. This rather tame story came straight from the pages of one of my favorite cookbooks – The Babbo Cookbook. In the introduction to this delightfully simple recipe, Mario Batali describes this […]

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rosemary and olive’s baby…

Rosemary and Olive Oil Cake ulterior epicure. What happens when rosemary has a heated affair with olive oil, flour, some sugar, and eggs?  She has a wonderfully fragrant and delicious poundcake-like lovechild. This rather tame story came straight from the pages of one of my favorite cookbooks – The Babbo Cookbook. In the introduction to this delightfully simple recipe, Mario Batali describes this […]

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when life gives you a bowlful of cherries…

Bowlful of stemmed rubies … make cherry tart. Cherries aren’t cheap these days. While they’re hardly a luxury item, good sweet in-season cherries are an infrequent, and rather indulgent treat. They’re the only reason I’ve been tempted to move to Traverse City, Michigan. I recently picked up about four pounds of these stemmed rubies and made off […]

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when life gives you a bowlful of cherries…

Bowlful of stemmed rubies … make cherry tart. Cherries aren’t cheap these days. While they’re hardly a luxury item, good sweet in-season cherries are an infrequent, and rather indulgent treat. They’re the only reason I’ve been tempted to move to Traverse City, Michigan. I recently picked up about four pounds of these stemmed rubies and made off […]

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a match made in heaven…

Orange Chocolate Tart Uploaded by ulterior epicure. I normally dislike citrusy desserts, but citrus and chocolate is one of my favorite combinations. There’s something about the dark bitter richness against the refreshing brightness of citrus that sets me wild. This orange-chocolate ganache filling is adapted from The Essence of Chocolate. I found the orange element […]

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a match made in heaven…

Orange Chocolate Tart Uploaded by ulterior epicure. I normally dislike citrusy desserts, but citrus and chocolate is one of my favorite combinations. There’s something about the dark bitter richness against the refreshing brightness of citrus that sets me wild. This orange-chocolate ganache filling is adapted from The Essence of Chocolate. I found the orange element […]

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they should pay me…

Pecan Spice Layer Cake Originally uploaded by ulterior epicure. First, happy Easter, or Passover, as applicable. The good people at Gourmet should hire me as their spokesman. Ms. Reichl, you out there reading? This month’s cover had me wide-eyed and drooling. The recipe for the Pecan Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting left me convinced […]

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they should pay me…

Pecan Spice Layer Cake Originally uploaded by ulterior epicure. First, happy Easter, or Passover, as applicable. The good people at Gourmet should hire me as their spokesman. Ms. Reichl, you out there reading? This month’s cover had me wide-eyed and drooling. The recipe for the Pecan Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting left me convinced […]

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darlings from a darling…

Nigella Lawson’s Mini Lime Syrup Sponges Originally uploaded by ulterior epicure. Ever since I first saw Nigella Lawson work her sexy way with potatoes and observed the sensual rapport she had with say, a pork roast, I have been *smitten.* I also enjoy her no-nonsense prose, which makes reading her cookbooks not only a saliva-inducing […]

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darlings from a darling…

Nigella Lawson’s Mini Lime Syrup Sponges Originally uploaded by ulterior epicure. Ever since I first saw Nigella Lawson work her sexy way with potatoes and observed the sensual rapport she had with say, a pork roast, I have been *smitten.* I also enjoy her no-nonsense prose, which makes reading her cookbooks not only a saliva-inducing […]

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has it been 29 years…

29th Birthday Cake: Babbo Pumpkin- Rosemary Cake with Olive Oil Gelato Originally uploaded by ulterior epicure. Has it really been 29 years since I was forced into this world, kicking, screaming and hungry? While I spent most of my 29th birthday at the office, I did manage to get home in time to make my birthday […]

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has it been 29 years…

29th Birthday Cake: Babbo Pumpkin- Rosemary Cake with Olive Oil Gelato Originally uploaded by ulterior epicure. Has it really been 29 years since I was forced into this world, kicking, screaming and hungry? While I spent most of my 29th birthday at the office, I did manage to get home in time to make my birthday […]

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edible geometry…

Three different hamantaschen Originally uploaded by ulterior epicure. It was the Jewish holiday of Purim and I craved hamantaschen. Purim is the annual commemoration of events described in the Book of Esther in the Old Testament when the Jews were under Persian rule. (You can read the synopsis here – and actually, the book of […]

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edible geometry…

Three different hamantaschen Originally uploaded by ulterior epicure. It was the Jewish holiday of Purim and I craved hamantaschen. Purim is the annual commemoration of events described in the Book of Esther in the Old Testament when the Jews were under Persian rule. (You can read the synopsis here – and actually, the book of […]

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truffled chevre…

Truffled Chevre Originally uploaded by ulteriorepicure. A recent meal at 1924 Main brought an Italian goat cheese to my attention and my affection: Caprino Cremosa Tartufo. It’s a crottin of very fresh goat cheese topped with black truffle shavings. What is so amazing about the Caprino Cremosa Tartufo is that the flavor of the black […]

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truffled chevre…

Truffled Chevre Originally uploaded by ulteriorepicure. A recent meal at 1924 Main brought an Italian goat cheese to my attention and my affection: Caprino Cremosa Tartufo. It’s a crottin of very fresh goat cheese topped with black truffle shavings. What is so amazing about the Caprino Cremosa Tartufo is that the flavor of the black […]

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