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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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!
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.
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.