Nov

18

2014

Saffron Split Pea, Potato and Bacon Soup

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Split Pea Potato Bacon Soup 1 - The Duo Dishes

Have you ever discovered something that everyone else knows about, but it’s new to you? On a recent trip to Santa Barbara, from the back seat of a friend’s car, I just happened to spot a towering sign that read “Pea Soup Andersen’s Inn“. Andersen’s is actually in Buellton, just a few miles from Santa Barbara, and it’s a well-known landmark. News to me! We ate breakfast at a popular diner across the street, and as soon as the bill was settled, I walked over to the inn. There was a market inside, and I scurried through folks waiting to dine to peek at the goods on the shelves. Thanks to Andersen’s peas, this recipe was born.
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Nov

6

2014

Making Macarons With A Pro

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Assorted Napoleon's Macarons - The Duo Dishes

Chef Razmig Tchoboian creates some of the best, traditional macarons in the city, sold at his shops, Napoléon’s Macarons. Of course, he’s just the person you want to lead you along the way during your first attempt at making macarons. That’s why he’s hosting a French Macarons Baking Class at the Chef’s Center in Pasadena on November 9th. I attended a media preview of the class, along with several other bloggers and writers. I wouldn’t say we’re aficionados at this point, but we’re much better equipped to make macarons during the holiday season. Keep reading for a look at what students can expect at the upcoming class.
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Oct

24

2014

Sharing A Few of the Best Fall Recipes

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Check out Best Recipes to Try This Fall

by The Duo Dishes at Foodie.com

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year–the time when fall recipes reign supreme. As soon as the temperatures start to drop, all of the best dishes are ready to be served. There’s something very comforting about testing and sharing fall recipes. Maybe it’s the natural inclination to hunker down and hibernate on cooler days, hang out with loved ones or just fill your stomach with something warm. It’s also a great time to experiment with new recipes thanks to the parties and gatherings that begin as soon as Halloween threatens its arrival. That being said, it’s time to share a few fall recipes you must try this season.

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Oct

20

2014

Braised Brisket and Asian Slaw Tacos

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Braised Brisket Asian Slaw Tacos 1 - The Duo Dishes

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 When life hands you brisket, you gotta braise it. That’s the only option. It’s a tough cut of meat, and what better way to take care of it other than a slow, simmering bath in a Dutch oven or Crock-Pot. It will be some of the best meat you’ve eaten in your life, and thanks to braising, you don’t have to do a lot of work. Everything happens over the course of a few hours, and your responsibility is just to enjoy. The last slow cooker recipe on the blog was an ode to North Carolina-style pulled pork, and this dish also gives a nod to the South…by way of Kentucky. Let’s give a shout out to Texas as well because we all know brisket is king around those parts. This recipe brings together several influences, creating a fusion of flavors perfect for a cool evening meal.

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Oct

6

2014

Olive Oil Poached Tuna Fall Panzanella

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Raw Albacore and Preserved Tangerines - The Duo Dishes

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Nearly seven months ago, a couple of friends and I preserved batches and batches of lemons and tangerines fallen from backyard trees and in jeopardy of rotting if not put to good use. Most of them were meant to be gifts for others, but we all walked away with a few jars in hand. Slices of sweet tangerines tightly packed and layered with salt sat in the fridge for seven months, and all the while, I lazily pondered ways to use them. Nothing clicked. Until a few days ago. I went back to an old idea for a poached tuna and grilled bread salad typed into my iPhone’s notepad. Of course, this was when a panzanella with summer’s bounty would have been fantastic, but it’s October, so a fall panzanella would be in order. Finally, finally, finally, it seemed like a few of those preserved tangerines would have their chance to shine.

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Sep

29

2014

Blackberry Lime Ice Cream

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Blackberry Lime Ice Cream 3 - The Duo Dishes

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Ice cream doesn’t pop up on this site often, but every time it does, it’s a good one. The previous recipes were all Philadelphia-style–eggless, quick-mix ice creams that come together relatively quickly. This one here is the French-style egg-based custard that results in a thicker, heavier, creamier treat. Both styles are good, allowing you to experiment with ingredients as you please. But it’s the French-style, stovetop ice cream that will remind you of your favorite, decadent dessert from the neighborhood ice cream parlor. This sweet made an appearance at a recent evening soiree, and thanks to one cheat ingredient, it will be easy enough to prepare well into the fall and winter.

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