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Laura's Home-Made Vinegar Recipe

Laura's Home-Made Vinegar

02.17.09 by timran

Vinegar is such a commonly used ingredient in so many dishes that it needs no introduction.  But I've learned that it's often the simplest products that we know the least about. 

One of my husband's closest friends, Laura, makes wonderful jams and jellies. She recently gave us a delicious bottle of home-made vinegar, and I asked her for the recipe.  Enjoy!


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Super Bowl Guacamole and Salsa Recipe

Super Bowl Guacamole and Salsa

02.01.09 by Jackie

I love making guacamole. My version of guacamole is basically a mashed Haas avocado with salsa and a dollop of sour cream. Enjoy!


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Vegetarian Tacos Recipe

Vegetarian Tacos

02.01.09 by Jackie

Here's a healthy and tasty version of the usually greasy fast food fare.  My husband loves Mexican food, so I make this for him whenever he has a craving for it.  The great thing about learning this recipe is that you can reuse the filling in many other recipes - burritos, enchiladas, soft tacos, nachos, etc. - by just adding / exchanging a few ingredients.

If you're serving them for a couple of people, you can definitely assemble them before plating. But if it's for a party, just prepare each part separately and let you guests put them together as they like.  It'll save you time, and everyone will get their tacos exactly the way they like them.


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Caramel au Beurre Salé (Homemade Sweet Caramel Salted Butter Sauce) Recipe

Le caramel au beurre salé is a classic French sauce. It goes perfectly with many desserts: ice cream, plain yogurt, some berries, banana split, apple tartelet or simply for breakfast on a piece of toast. Un pur délice!


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Ca Phe Sua Nong (Vietnamese-Style Coffee) Recipe

A while ago a guest brought us some Fair Trade coffee beans and it's been sitting in our pantry ever since.  We're not big coffee drinkers. The only coffee I ever make at home is Vietnamese coffee, and I only make it when we have guests over. To make cà phê sữa nóng (literally Hot Milk Coffee in Vietnamese) you need a strong coffee, and the dark, extra bold French roast blend from Africa that our guest gave us was perfect for the job. My husband's friend Andrew came over today and he is addicted to Vietnamese coffee, so I made him several cups. Somehow the caffeine does not seem to stop him even late in the evening...

Making the coffee took me back in time. It reminds me of the coffee I used to make for my dad when I was a little girl growing up in Paris. He still lives there today. I would fall into a trance-like state watching the coffee drip, drop by drop into the tall glass of luscious condensed milk. Later on, we got an espresso machine but I was still making coffee for my papa every morning. I think about you, Papounet. I miss you dearly.


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