Chocolate and dried cherry fougasse

When we made a more traditional savory fougasse a few years ago, really enjoyed it. This version has been at the back of my mind since I opened the cookbook. I enjoy baking bread, so I thought it would be a fun challenge. Like David, I love dried cherries. Chocolate of course, is nice. I … Continue reading Chocolate and dried cherry fougasse

CtBF – White bean, sausage and duck confit casserole, aka Cassoulet

Cassoulet. I've always thought of this as a quintessential French dish - much too difficult, time consuming and complicated to make. To be fair, it really does take quite a long time to make, though not necessarily in active time, just duration of effort. Broken into its parts, there isn't anything overly complicated. I've made hundreds if … Continue reading CtBF – White bean, sausage and duck confit casserole, aka Cassoulet

CtBF – Potatoes cooked in duck fat

For me, this is like going backwards, writing first about the last recipe in my duck trilogy completed over the past week. But to get duck fat, without buying it from the store, you have to cook some duck (confit). And then you must use said confit in something (like cassoulet). That has to be … Continue reading CtBF – Potatoes cooked in duck fat

CtBF – Potato, feta and basil tortilla

Not something I make often, but I did enjoy the versions I made with French Friday's. I wasn't sure about the basil. Well, and not the feta. I'll admit I did look back at the other recipe, you know, "just in case". Easy enough! Potatoes diced. Cooked to barely tender in some good olive oil, … Continue reading CtBF – Potato, feta and basil tortilla

CtBF – buttermilk ice cream

This is some of the best ice cream I've made. Yes, I just said that. I decided to get a new ice cream maker because a) it was on sale, b) it's hot in Arizona so ice cream is good, and c) because everyone, but especially my mom, loves ice cream. I've made quite a … Continue reading CtBF – buttermilk ice cream

CtBF – eggplant caviar

When I was planning on making this, I hoped that my favorite farm stand would have eggplant. At first glance, no. But when it was mentioned, the guy immediately went out and picked a bucketful. Doesn't get fresher than that!!When I read the recipe, I immediately thought use the grill! So I charred them, then … Continue reading CtBF – eggplant caviar

CtBF – herbed fresh pasta

A theme for me is finding - "oh, I have that, but it's in storage... somewhere!". And my storage space is not accessible except during the weekdays, regular work hours. Which makes it safe, but not super handy. In said storage unit. Somewhere. Lies a cool pasta attachment for my Kitchenaid. I bought it when … Continue reading CtBF – herbed fresh pasta

CtBF – lentil salad (and a hummus make-up)

Seems that I was on the same cadence as a few others. Making (or posting anyway) both of these recipes this week.  I have often written about how much I learned to love lentils on this blog. Apparently my dog does too because the last time I made them, I made a larger batch and … Continue reading CtBF – lentil salad (and a hummus make-up)

CtBF Salted olive crisps (the dog ate my homework)

I've been wanting to make this recipe for a while and was excited to try what seemed like a savory biscotti, or one of those yummy crispy crackers that are so good.  I used some fabulous green olives that I love and some sliced almonds. The dough is simple to put together. I wasn't really … Continue reading CtBF Salted olive crisps (the dog ate my homework)

CtBF -green beans with snail butter

A day behind on this. But such is life. This was the "extra" recipe for the month. Essentially steamed green beans treated in the same way as escargot  - that is with butter and a lot of garlic. Ok, with a bit of parsley and some salt and pepper.  I knew that it could be … Continue reading CtBF -green beans with snail butter