Mar

1

2014

Sharing A Pie-Palooza Collection

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Sharing A Pie-Palooza Collection

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In light of the ridiculous downpour soaking California, and the next pounding of snow on deck for the East coast, it feels like a great time to hunker down and crank up the oven. What else is there to do? If you are looking for a great way to spend your time stuck in the house, make a few pies! Custard, cream, fruit, savory meat, grilled, mini…we have them all. Some of these have been shared with friends, others have been entered into contests, one or two may be published elsewhere. All of them have been delicious. Continue Reading »

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Feb

17

2014

A New Way To Pancake

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Baked Pancake (David Eyre's Pancake)

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Baked Pancaked - The Duo Dishes

Pancakes! If you didn’t know by now, they’re my favorite food. I’m always on the lookout for new and fun ways to cook, eat, and serve them, as well as any varied style that’s out there. Our friend Rachel shared with us this particular recipe, which was featured in the New York Times. Similar to a German dutch baby, this baked delight puffs up in the oven to form a buttery, light pastry–a perfect treat morning, noon, or night! Continue Reading »

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Jan

31

2014

All Hail Las Arepas

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Corn, Cilantro & Queso Fresco Arepas

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Harina de pan - The Duo Dishes

Arepa. It’s a cute little word for a mainstay food that dominates the world of Venezuela. At least, that is the case for this kind of arepa. They are fat corn cakes made from maize meal, pan fried, baked and then gobbled up for breakfast, lunch or dinner. From that description, they hopefully sound like something you want to eat right now. In light of an upcoming Meatless Monday, here is a dish that happens to be delightfully vegetarian and gluten free. It is also easy to prepare, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

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Jan

24

2014

Buttermilk To The Rescue

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Buttermilk Blondies with Coconut, Walnuts and White Chocolate

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Buttermilk Blondies Ingredients - The Duo Dishes

Never ones to shy away from sweets, here is another dessert that graced the table during the holiday season. Amir hosted a pre-Thanksgiving potluck in November, and I contributed these bars to the array of dishes. I had buttermilk for days in my fridge, and I managed to use buttermilk in several recipes over the course of a couple of weeks. Do you remember the Caramelized Onion and Scallion Cornbread that popped up on the blog a couple of months ago? Buttermilk was a prime ingredient. Baking with buttermilk, whether the product be sweet or savory, is a great way to make use of leftovers in that carton.
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Jan

3

2014

One Last Indulgence

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Amor Polenta Cake

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Polenta Cake Duo Dishes

Happy New Year!  While Chrystal is still partying it up in the UK, I’m back home recovering from a hectic holiday season–and by “hectic,” I mean gluttonous.  Like everyone else, I have plans to kick of the year right by eating mostly lighter, healthier foods to help balance out the last several weeks of meal indulgence.  For some reason, though, I’m not quite ready to switch gears.  (Am I the only one?)  If you’re like me at the moment, this moist polenta cake is one last indulgence you can feel good about. What better way to segue into 2014! Continue Reading »

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Dec

11

2013

Easy, Breezy and Cheesey

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Warm Blue Cheese and Onion Dip

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Blue Cheese Wedge - The Duo Dishes

Parties, parties, parties. This is the season for parties–parties at your home, parties with friends, family members, work colleagues. When December rolls along, the entire month is packed with celebrations for the holidays. Sometimes, your only responsibility is to show up and enjoy. Other times, you find yourself either tasked with something to bring or heading up the festivities. Look no further because this dip is the answer to your party prayers. It is warm, gooey and full of flavor thanks to lots of blue cheese. It doesn’t take much to put it together, which means you can quickly assemble and enjoy.
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