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FFwD5: Marie-Helene's Apple Cake

FFwd #5: Marie-Helene's Apple Cake

Okay, so I am just barely getting this in under the wire for French Fridays with Dorie and only because I live on the West Coast. If I were on Eastern time, I would be kind of screwed. But, hey it is still early Friday evening in Portland, so here we go. Yay!

Things I learned about Marie-Helene’s Apple Cake:

1. It’s really good! I’ve made a similar version before with a brown sugar-egg-pecan kind of glaze and I loved that one, but I really liked the rum flavor here. I think . . . → Read More: FFwD5: Marie-Helene's Apple Cake

Honey-Thyme Ham Steak

ham steak

I have dreamed of making a ham ever since I saw Alton Brown, on an episode of Good Eats, slather a country ham with mustard and crushed ginger snaps, and then squirt the whole thing down with bourbon. Wow, I thought. I want to do THAT! But, seriously, what do two people do with a WHOLE HAM? We would be eating ham every day for months.

But then, I saw this wonderful thing at Trader Joe’s. The ham steak. But it’s so little! It’s perfectly two-person sized! It’s awesome! I promptly bought one and . . . → Read More: Honey-Thyme Ham Steak

Cutty's BLT Sandwich and Awesome Tomato Jam

Cutty's BLT

I’ve wanted to make this Tomato Jam and sandwich for awhile now. Ever since I first read about it on Salon.com: The greatest off-season BLT on earth. Which was, uh, I guess just earlier in the month. It seems like it was longer. Okay, well, anyway, I made the jam and the sandwich! It’s really good. I even specifically bought bacon just to make this sandwich.

For the jam, I went to the store and bought some ‘not quite tomato season anymore’ looking romas. Worked perfectly here.

Cutty’s Tomato Jam Recipe from Francis Lam, . . . → Read More: Cutty's BLT Sandwich and Awesome Tomato Jam

FFwD #3: Vietnamese Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup

Soicy Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

Here’s post number three for French Fridays with Dorie! I liked this soup a lot and think I’ll definitely make it again! Psssssst…Buy the book!

Stuff I learned:

1. I think my broth was thinner than it looked in the cookbook photo because I used light coconut milk. I thought the taste was still wonderful, but sometime I may try it with full-on coconut milk. 2. Triple, even quadruple the cheesecloth, or there will be peppercorns floating in your soup! Luckily, I learned this early on and re-wrapped my spices/cilantro stems. 3. . . . → Read More: FFwD #3: Vietnamese Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup

FFwd #2: Gerard's Mustard Tart

Gerard's Mustard Tart

Oh, so here we are at French Friday’s with Dorie Post #2. Where did the week go? And more importantly, I have got to get on the ball and post more, so it’s just not FFwD posts from now on! Not that that would be bad of course, but I need to un-lazy myself and aim for about 3 posts per week! Tout de suite!

Notes from this recipe: 1. Gerard really knows his way around mustard tarts, because this was delicious! 2. I needed to add more ice water than called for in . . . → Read More: FFwd #2: Gerard's Mustard Tart