Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies


The James Beard award winning pastry chef, Dominique Ansel, came up with the recipe for these simple gluten free chocolate cookies--clearly this guy is a genius!  Dark, moist and chocolatey, they are more like molten brownie pieces than your traditional cookie.  They are easy to make, but require an overnight rest in the refrigerator so planning ahead is essential.

The dough can be made ahead of time and kept for up to three days in the refrigerator.  Once baked, the cookies should be consumed within two days or stored in the freezer.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Sauteed Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Port Sauce


For tender succulent pork in delicious sauce, look no further.  This recipe comes together quickly and will satisfy your family's weeknight appetite.  The recipe is easily doubled for a dinner party.  Serve with rice pilaf and a salad or steamed vegetables.

If you don't have dried cherries, you may substitute any other dried fruit.  I have used dried apricots, golden raisins, currants, and various combinations.  It always tastes pretty good anyway.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Curried Chicken Salad


Whenever I have enough leftover roasted chicken, I am tempted to make this recipe.  It's one that I've made for years and it has never failed me -- it's moist, flavorful and the cashews add a nice crunch.  This makes a nice luncheon meal, or a fine weeknight dinner.  The recipe makes a generous amount of dressing--any extra can be bottled and saved in the refrigerator.