Scotch Custard

This yummy baked custard uses real scotch.  I like to use a strongly flavored scotch for maximum impact. For 6 servings you’ll need: 2 1/2 cups heavy cream 1/3 cup dark brown sugar 5 egg yolks pinch salt 1-2 tablespoons scotch 1 teaspoon sugar The custards will bake in a water bath so start boiling […]

Butterscotch Ice Cream with Real Scotch

“What butter and whiskey won’t cure, there is no cure for.” For this recipe, you’ll need: 2 cups heavy cream 1 cup whole milk 3/4 cup dark brown sugar 2 tablespoons butter pinch salt 1/3 cup pasteurized liquid egg whites – I use the kind that come in a carton.  Make sure the only ingredient […]

Triple Ginger Cranberry Sauce

I make this sauce every year, I love the spiciness ginger adds to cranberry sauce. For this recipe you’ll need 12 ounces whole cranberries 3/4 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger 1/4 cup candied ginger, finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger pinch of salt Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.  Add 3/4 […]

Bourbon Molasses Cranberry Sauce

I love cranberry sauce and serve way too many different flavors at Thanksgiving.  This bourbon based sauce will be a new addition to this year’s meal. For this recipe you’ll need 12 ounces whole cranberries 4 tablespoons molasses 3/4 cup brown sugar pinch of salt 2 tablespoons bourbon Combine all ingredients except the bourbon in […]

Poached Egg with Truffle Toast

This decadent yet easy dish works as a hearty appetizer or as part of a fancy breakfast.  Serve it with a salad for lunch or a light dinner.  We first tried this combination at Bar Bambino in San Francisco. For each serving, you’ll need 1 egg 1″ slice crusty bread olive oil 1/2 teaspoon Parmesan […]

Spicy Sweet Paneer

This simple starter is easy and comforting.  And if you’re ambitious enough to make your own cheese it’s a great way to show off your cheese making skills. For this recipe you’ll need: Curry spice mix.  Use any blend you like.  My recipe is here. Paneer cheese Cooking oil Honey Vinegar.  I prefer sherry vinegar […]

Dry Curry Spice Mix

I use this spice mix as a rub or coating.  I’m sure it will make traditionalists cringe but I like the taste and isn’t that what counts? In this recipe I provide ratios instead of fixed quantities so you can make as much as you need.  All spiced are dried and ground (not whole). Combine: […]

Passion Fruit Squares

Like lemon squares but better!  The custard has the texture of mango pudding and the passion fruit flavor is incredible.  These bars are really rich but worth it for a special occasion! For a 9″ pan of passion fruit squares (serves 32) you’ll need: 1 1/4 cups flour 1/2 cup powdered sugar 12 tablespoons butter […]

Pack a Pint of Pickled Peppers

Whenever I have more hot peppers than I need, I pickle the leftovers.  I use pickled peppers in cooking where I would use fresh – in soups, stews, sauteed dishes, etc.  Pickling retains the heat and adds a bit of tangy sourness. For this recipe you’ll need: Fresh hot peppers Canning jars (enough to hold […]

Refridgerator Dill Pickles

Home made pickles are so much better than store bought and they are really easy to make.  I like to make refrigerator pickles because I find that the hot water bath required by traditional canning softens the vegetables too much for my taste. These dill pickles are sour – which is just the way I […]