Dec

8

2014

Caramelized Banana Upside Down Cake

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Caramelized Banana Cake Caramel Top - The Duo Dishes

The fall and winter usher in short days, rainy mornings, blustery winds, and a million reasons to bake with wild abandon. In addition to a few savory and sweet breads, there was a cake that popped up around these parts not too long ago. It was inspired by two bags of bananas in the back of the freezer, plus the desire to re-make an addictive caramel sauce from last year. Although I am in no way a fan of raw bananas, I often find myself baking or simply eating banana bread, banana muffins, banana cake, etc. Their flavor changes after a long stint in the oven, and they also create a product that is always moist, appropriately dense and somewhat nutritious. If you ignore all of the sugar, flour and butter. This dessert combines everything you love about bananas and caramel in an upside down cake that is as pretty as it is delicious.
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Dec

1

2014

Butternut Squash and Parmesan Cornbread

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Butternut Squash Parmesan Cornbread baked - The Duo Dishes

Thanksgiving has come and gone again, and it was a doozy. Food galore, and good times with friends. One of the classic side dishes we always have on the table is cornbread. It’s a Southern holiday menu must, and even though Thanksgiving was spent on the West coast, cornbread was an absolute. This cornbread is a little different than the traditional mix of cornmeal, flour, butter, milk and eggs. One of the sneaky ingredients in the blend is pureed butternut squash, and of course, there’s the parmesan. It’s a bit fancier than down home, Southern cornbread, but that’s what makes it stand out.

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Nov

21

2014

Winter’s Best One-Pot Meals

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Check out Winter's Best One Pot Meals

by The Duo Dishes at Foodie.com

When it comes to cooking, the less clean up, the better. Outside of blogging, I work on various television and online projects that center around food–cooking shows, live chef demos, talk shows with chef guests, commercials, etc. Sometimes, we have someone on our team who handles all of the dishes. It’s the biggest saving grace you’ll ever know! There’s nothing like cooking when you don’t have much to clean. Perhaps, at your house, you have a trade off with the voracious eaters at the table. You cook, they clean. Unfortunately for me, I don’t have anyone to scrub my plates and bowls–hired or otherwise–so a one-pot meal makes my life that much easier. And with less clean up, the meal somehow tastes better. Here are a few one-pot meal ideas that would be great for you to try this winter.

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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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