Apple Chicken Curry

I know this one sounds like an odd combination, but somehow, innocent, autumnal kind of ingredients (apple, apple cider, cinnamon, white wine, dijon, golden raisins) come together to produce a curry that could stand up next to any other traditional chicken curry flavor-wise. And so today, we have apple chicken curry.

Apple Chicken Curry

I wanted to make chicken that somehow went with apples, but I had a tough time coming up with something that appealed to me. I wrote down a long list of things that I thought would go well with apple and then started whittling it down until there was a collection of things that seemed harmonious together. From there, I just took all of those ingredients out and just sort of went with it–since ginger and cardamom were involved, why not try to do something with some Indian flare to it? And so I started working in other Asian flavors, such as kasoori methi (a.k.a. fenugreek), and that… click to read more…

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Caramelized Pear Ice Cream with Toasted Pecans

My seasonal pear obsession continues to dictate my desserts. This week’s spin on pears: caramelized pear ice cream with toasted pecans.

Caramelized Pear Ice Cream

Armed with my fancy new toy from Santa (with the appropriate attachments, of course!), I knew this week’s dessert simply had to be ice cream of some sort (despite the fact that its winter and below freezing. Hey, the fruit is seasonal, even if the dessert isn’t!). To be honest, my original plan was persimmons, but as luck would have it, this was the first week I couldn’t find any at the grocery store (foiled again!). Without so much as giving that a second thought though, it was on to my next fruit heart-throb as of late: pears. The last click to read more…

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Poached Mahi Mahi with Papaya Mango Salsa

Today’s dinner is subtle, spicy, and sweet: a delicately prepared filet of Mahi Mahi, poached in a light, spiced wine, topped off with the tropical flavors of a mango and papaya based sauce.

Poached Mahi Mahi with Papaya Mango Salsa

The holidays have come and gone and now we’re on to that Tuesday/Wednesday part of the year. With the holidays, vacation has also passed.

Despite living in Florida, my wife and I relaxed a little further south in Key West (still Florida) with my family. We had a good time and ate a lot of good food. Fish and the sea were a large part of the entire trip, whether it be the SCUBA, the restaurants, or the sport fishing. Everything had its ups and downs–for instance, much to my surprise, sea sickness is quite common among SCUBA divers, or at least, the ones on the boat with me that day. They don’t teach you what to do when your dive partner chums the waters more… click to read more…

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Upside-down Cardamom Praline Pear Cake

This is the time of year where pears are at their best, so what’s a fruit-based dessert junkie to do? This was a delicious, sweet and nutty upside-down cake, topped off with some caramelized pears.

Upside-down Cardamom Praline Pear Cake

Cardamom is one of those spices that you’ll find featured a lot in Indian cooking, but outside of that, it seems to be a pretty rare thing. If you’re not sure if you’ve ever had cardamom before, I’d recommend you try to pick some up with next week’s groceries–its interesting and you’ll find some good uses for it. I try to experiment with it a lot in other dishes, and I was delighted to have it featured in this dessert. The cake batter has three really strong flavors at play: cardamom, hazelnut, and almond, and having them all together at once is a really nice combination. No one flavor overpowers the other, but rather, they all just provide a well-rounded sweet/spicy/nuttiness to the batter… click to read more…

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Apricot Date Stuffed Chicken Poached in Saffron Cream Sauce

This dish was really rich and tasty. The chicken was juicy and soft (on account of being poached) while the filling was a bit more honeyed and crunchy in texture, being filled with apricot, dates, and almonds. The sauce was also the poaching liquid: a creamy spiced broth teeming with saffron. All of these individually strong flavors paired together in a surprisingly harmonious way.

Chicken Poached in Saffron Cream Sauce topped w/date & fig, served w/cranberry rice

This dish was kind of a hodgepodge of ingredients–after making rugelach, I had some ingredients on hand that I normally don’t (apricot preserves, dates) and I just felt compelled to use them for something completely different. Once I got out of the dessert frame of mind, I came up with this. Describing the dish to my wife ahead of time was greeted with skepticism: there were a lot of flavors and many of them were sweet (she has a thing against sweet and meat). I was also feeling… click to read more…

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Poached Pear Bourbon Bread Pudding w/Candied Hazelnuts

I have always loved bread pudding, but I’ve found a new twist on an old favorite: bourbon bread pudding, meet poached pears.

Poached Pear Bourbon Bread Pudding w/Candied Hazelnut Topping

So first off, I’ll be honest: when I made poached pears, I didn’t do it for just that. Sorry pears, I was using you–just a rebound dessert, an in between sweet to get me to something better. Forgive me.

With that heavy confession off my chest, I had high hopes for this dessert, but even with high expectations, I was still pretty impressed with the result. Everybody loves bread pudding (just agree), but bread pudding by itself can be one of those desserts that is kind of…predictable? The poached pears really brought something new and exciting to a familiar favorite of mine. The pudding itself was tasty and moist, with a sweet hint of bourbon and the wonderful flavor of fresh vanilla (beans are so much better than extract).… click to read more…

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