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    Gifting…Chocolate Fudge with Bourbon Sugar

    Crisp falling leaves, sweater, jeans, and boots…just a few of my favorite things this time of year.  But what I truly love the most is gift-giving, better to give than receive, right?  Edible treats are probably on the top of … Continue reading

  • Buko (Young Coconut) Pie

    Buko Pie…a hometown specialty!

    I read an interesting story about Buko pie (Young Coconut) pie and that it originated from a city in my hometown of Laguna, Philippines.

  • Pear and Vanilla Aigre-Doux

    Pear and Vanilla Aigre-Doux

    An amalgamation of sharp offset by honey, pears, and off-dry wine, its sweet-sour tang is perfect with rich blue cheeses.

  • Apricot-and-Basil Shortbread Tart


    Pastry chef Roy Shvartzapel layers roasted fresh apricots atop basil custard to make a gorgeous tart. The tender crust is extraordinary: Combining hard-boiled egg yolk and potato starch, it’s based on a classic dough that he learned from Paris pastry … Continue reading

  • Caramel Flan

    Easy As Flanned…

    I’ve come across hundreds of flan recipe with very similar ingredients and steps, but since this is my first unflanned attempted,  I found this one to be the easiest…especially for a rookie ‘flanner’ like me ;-)

  • Kimchi 101

    Kimchi 101

    Kimchi 101 This shortcut version is more pickled than fermented.  Either way, you’ll love this as a condiment with your favorite Asian cuisines…

  • Lunch with Hubby

    The Classic Caesar Salad

    Today’s lunch menu with the hubs was Scotch Eggs and The Classic Caesar Salad with a Perrier-Jouet Fleur de Champagne Rose Cuvee Belle Epoque 2004…just because.

  • Tomato and Anchovy Salad

    Tomato with Anchovy Salad

    I have to admit that this is probably one of the best salads I’ve made thus far. If you’re a fan of both tomatoes and anchovies you’ll have to give this one a try!

  • Salty, Spicy, Sweet on Sweet Potato Fries

    The other night hubby and I watched Chopped, one of many favorite cooking challenges we enjoy viewing on the tele.  The new episode featured ‘grandma vs grandma’ where four, sweet elderly ladies eagerly anticipated the surprise ingredients from their baskets.

  • Pancit Guisado

    Pancit Guisado

    I wanted to make use of some ingredients I had lingering around in the fridge to see what I can come up with–cabbage, frozen, organic peas, left over Honey Baked Ham, button mushrooms, and some chicken stock…

Savoury Madeleines for a Comfy Brunch…

The rain has finally reached us…Hoorah! We’ve had a dry spell for a while. Moreover, with the eminent lack of snow a few ski resorts at Lake Tahoe have had to close down for the season.

Meanwhile, the gusty wind, the cold and heavy down fall definitely called for some comforting snack… Continue reading

Chocolate Caramel Tart

Hi! It’s been awhile…you’ll find most recipes I’ve done lately conveniently posted on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/thecookingapprentice.

Meanwhile, for all of you caramel and chocolate fans, adapted from Saveur Magazine Issue 119, here’s a recipe that’s got the best of both worlds!
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Pulled Pork with Apple Cider Slaw Flat Bread

Here is a recipe that I was just playing around with the other day.  I was in the mood for pulled pork but didn’t want to just make pulled pork sandwiches….again.  So this is what I came up with!

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