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Cardamom Poundcake with Plums

YUM

Cardamom is my new favorite flavor!  I loved it in these cheesecakes and when I saw this pound-cake in Bon Appetit I knew that I had to make it.  Little did I know of the trouble that this seemingly simple recipe would cause.

Finding cardamom pods in Douglasville can be a little difficult.  I did find the pods at the Indian market.  The anise pods were a little more difficult.  Really the cake part was easy.  It was the plum sauce that seemed to be just out of my reach.  It took me several times to finally get the knack.  The first go round produced plums that were just way too mushy.  I did save that liquid and used the plums by pushing them through a sieve.  The next time I cooked more plums  using the liquid I saved.  I shortened the cooking time greatly which worked.

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Pistachio and cherry Mexican Wedding Cookies

They melt in your mouth!

This recipe has been sitting in my cook this next notebook for six years.  What a slacker I am!  Well, I finally have made these wonderful balls of pure delight and I can truthfully tell you that I waited six years too long.  They are just perfect for the holidays, but really you can eat them all year long just because they will make you very happy.  They’ll just melt in your mouth and you will have to have another and another.  Have lots of company when they come out of the oven is all I have to say.  You will love them because they are so good and there is really no way to mess these up unless you cook them too long.

Here's the holiday color red and green

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Scalloped Russet and Sweet Potato Gratin with Fresh Herbs

This is the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving meal.  The recipe has been on my to do list since it appeared in Bon Appetit in 2008.  I just loved the idea of using two kinds of potatoes with Gruyère cheese.  It had to be a winner.  I’m not a fan of the sweet potato souffle which I think  belongs on the dessert table.  It is much too sweet as a side dish to my beautiful turkey and dressing. My pantry is overflowing with sweet potatoes from my CSA box. so I finally got around to making the dish.  I first tried it out on my book club and they loved it.  It has a hint of  sweetness, but the two types of potatoes definitely make this dish stand out!  Let’s not forget the fresh herbs, cream and butter that take the dish to the next level.  Oh, my goodness I can just make a meal out of this!

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Fingerling Potato Salad

I don’t think that I would have ever made this potato salad except for the fact that fingerling potatoes and leeks came in my CSA box the same week that this recipe appeared in Bon Appetit. I just couldn’t resist steering away from my old standby potato salad made with mayo. This is a very light salad and certainly a perfect side dish to any grilled meat that you might choose. I just loved the combination of potatoes and leeks plus white wine vinegar and Dijon mustard. Fingerlings that’s really a funny word for a potato. They are a heritage potato with some of the varieties over a hundred years old. They are not to be confused with new potatoes. Fingerlings are mature potatoes when harvested. These potatoes can be used in the same way as other potatoes grilled, roasted, or in salads.

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Truffle Brownies

My book club is having a three-day extravaganza at the lake.  I’m excited to spend three days with some very good friends, great food, sitting by the lake.  You get the idea relaxing by the water with people you love.  What fun!  Our book this month was one of my favorites Water for Elephants.  Oh My Gosh!  It was a fantastic read. At first I didn’t like it.  Then after the first one hundred pages I could not put it down.  I highly recommend it.  I love the author’s style of writing which makes for an easy read.   Anyway you will love this book!

There are nine of us going to the lake and we all have stuff to bring.  I am responsible for cookies.  I have made two that I am taking and will share one with you now.  The other will come later.  These are Truffle Brownies from Bon Appetit this month.  They are absolutely fabulous is all I am going to allow myself to say.  Easy!  Ok, enough.  You will love these.  Trust me.  Just one more thing the chocolate ganache is over the top!

Gotta run so here is the recipe.  I followed it to a T.  Enjoy because we sure have.   

Happy Cooking,

The Teacher Cooks

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Gourmet Jalapeno Cheeseburger

Are you ready for a burger that will knock your socks off?  I have just the one for you.  It has been in my repertoire for about four years and I am just here to tell you that it is everything that you want in a burger.  It is juicy and  flavorful. The kind that you might want to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  It is one to write home about.  Oh, my gosh the spicy sauce that you see dripping down the side of the burger is to die for.  You will want to make it for more that just these burgers or just take a spoonful and savor it!  It is that good.  The burgers and the sauce go together.  Don’t make one without the other or you will be disappointed.  We don’t want that.

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