Candied Nuts

This recipe produces a candied nut that is lighter than most, and not as intensely sweet.  Be sure to save the sugar poaching liquid - you can reduce it to a nice nutty caramel sauce.   Candied Nuts   1 Lb. nuts, such…

Mushroom Risotto

This is simple yet elegant side dish, or even a course on it's own.  Risotto isn't difficult to make, it just requires your attention for a period of time.  Be sure to get a good quality arborio or carnaroli,  believe me I've had my share…
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Vichy Carrots

Vichy is a style of cooking where vegetables are cooked in water with butter and sugar to form a glaze.  It gets it's name from Vichy, a small town in France with excellent water.  Here we use carrots, but you can use other vegetables…

Pommes Anna

This simple dish transforms the humble potato into a delicious combination of soft and crispy.  Use a good baking potato or Yukon Golds for the best results.   Pommes Anna   1 Lb. potatoes, such as russet or Yukon…

Potatoes Dauphinoise

This traditional French dish is really just a glorified scalloped potato.  The key is to slice the potatoes as thinly as possible, allowing the starches in the potatoes to help thicken the dish.   Potatoes Dauphinoise   2…

Artichoke Dip

This is a great make ahead dip for entertaining.  It's super creamy and decadent, and the goat cheese adds a nice tang to the dish.   Artichoke Dip   50 oz. Canned  artichokes, drained 1.5 Lb. cream cheese 1…

Hummous

A great dip for parties, we like to have this on hand for snacking anytime.  Inexpensive and healthy, this Middle-Eastern based dish uses canned chick peas for simplicity, but you can cook your own if you're so inclined.   Hummous   4…

Mashed Potatoes

My post about braising inspired me to devote a post about mashing potatoes.  It's not as simple as many of us think, and many of you can confirm after making stiff, gluey messes.  Why does this happen?  I'll outline a few tips to ensure…

Mac and Cheese

This is one of my all-time favourite recipes, and the one I've done the most extensive testing on to perfect.  In fact, it got me the job in a great kitchen growing up.  The combination of a classic bechamel combined with the eggs create…