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Strawberry Rhubarb Jam – The First Two Batches

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Alex - the jam afficianado in our house - has pronounced this jam "Not bad...it's actually pretty good."  With two approving nods of his head.  So I'm thinking I got about an A-.

As I'd mentioned after my trip to the Farmers' Market on Friday, I bought a total of 4 quarts of strawberries:  6 individual pints of berries from one farm, one quart from another farm.  All were gorgeously ripe and red all the way through.  I also bought 2 lbs of rhubarb from the Honey Stick Man.  So I figured I'd have enough for a batch of jam and a pie.  Happily, I was wrong - I got two batches of jam and a pie out of the deal.  Well, nearly two batches.  But I'm getting ahead of myself.

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Bittersweet Chocolate and Ginger-Lemon Poached Pear Tart

Years ago Bill and I used to frequent a tiny restaurant featuring the cuisine of Northern Italy.  The name of the place was Nonna Cherubina. The husband and wife - Luigi and Stephania - who owned and ran the place (and lived above it) were warm and kind and welcoming.  We always felt like family… Continue reading Bittersweet Chocolate and Ginger-Lemon Poached Pear Tart

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Lemon Sponge Pie with Chocolate Pastry Crust

For our Corned Beef Dinner I made a double batch of this Lemon Sponge Pie recipe, but instead of a standard pie crust, I made one with cocoa powder.  Chocolate and lemon go nicely together, so I figured I was onto something with the flavor combination.  The other nice feature is visual - the dark… Continue reading Lemon Sponge Pie with Chocolate Pastry Crust

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Valentine’s Day Ideas: Bananas Foster Napoleons

I like Bananas Foster, but to me it's lacking something.  Maybe I was too strongly influenced by my 5 trimesters at Johnson & Wales.  When plating desserts, we were taught that the dessert needed 4 components:  the main item, a sauce, a garnish, and - my favorite - a crunch component.  Which is probably why… Continue reading Valentine’s Day Ideas: Bananas Foster Napoleons