How To: Beat Egg Whites

I just posted a recipe, Country-Style Almond Cake, from a new cookbook called Food of the Italian South, which called for stiff egg whites. I was amazed in this recipe that is gluten-free, how much the egg whites gave moisture to the cake. So this leads me to think about this technique, and how people may not know much about and how it can improve recipes. To whip the whites is to...

Gluten-Free Country-Style Almond Cake

Print Gluten-Free Country-Style Almond Cake Category: dessert Cuisine: Italian Yield: 8-10 Ingredients 5 Eggs -separated 1/2 C. Sugar Pinch of Sea Salt 2 C. Almond Flour 1 Tbsp. Honey - I use Holy Smoke Smoked Honey Almond Praline, roughly chopped Instructions In a large bowl using a handheld mixer, beat the egg yolks, sugar, and salt until smooth. Add the almond flour and the honey and beat until combined. In...

Balsamic Grilled Asparagus topped with Black Pepper Goat Cheese and Mint Sherry Vinaigrette

  Now that it is spring or almost spring, I am taking full advantage of all the beautiful produce that’s starting to pop up in the grocery store and my garden. My asparagus plants are just popping out from the ground, after a long cold winter. It is fascinating to see the first buds pop out of the earth. (I will share with another post on how to grow asparagus). I look...

Shrimp, Ancho Chili and Vermicelli Pasta Soup with Avocado, Sour Cream and Cilantro

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A delightful and easy recipe originally adapted from Sunset Magazine. A delicious savory shrimp soup topped with avocados, cilantro and sour cream, which results, in a hearty meal in a bowl. So consequently, when all the flavors meld together, you will, undoubtedly, have a mouth-watering soup. Therefore, it will soon become a favorite for entertaining friends or family. Usually, the shrimp soup is the first course, but, also will become a dinner favorite....

Jamaican Carrot Soup with Pear Relish

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Jamaican Carrot Soup is a colorful soup that is full of flavor and is perfect for entertaining during any time of the year. Just the kind of thing for this almost-spring in between time we find ourselves in now. Temperatures are beginning to consider being more moderate  – but it’s not warm yet. But that doesn’t mean we’re not craving everything still warm and winter. Leaves are shaking in the breeze,...

Flourless Glazed Chocolate Tart with Lavender Creme Anglaise

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A layer of crumbly crust, a truffle-like interior, and an almost patent-leather-shiny glaze make this tart the chicest take on chocolate that will have you going back for more. In short, this decadent and delicious tart is perfect as a dinner party dessert. Serve up generous slices, each with a drizzle of Lavender Creme Anglaise, a dollop of Lavender Flavored Whipped Cream or a good quality vanilla ice-cream. Indeed, everyone...