Other Sweet Treats · Uncategorized

Salted Herbes de Provence Pine Nut and Almond Brittle

Toasted Butttered Nuts Brittle - The Duo Dishes

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‘Tis the season for all things sweet. It’s definitely one of my favorite times of the year, although admittedly, I have been cooking and baking less than one would think. I won’t lament being busy with work, but one consequence of “handling business” is having less time to do some of the things I enjoy. Playing around in the kitchen is one of them. Luckily, a few catering jobs have given me the opportunity to be creative or just have fun with food in my own way. This brittle is an example of that. Hardened sugar and buttered, toasted nuts dusted with floral, dried herbs and salt. It’s a dream treat for the holidays.

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Cakes, Pies and Tarts · Nuts · Sweet Treats

Ride It Upside Down

Surprisingly, many of our friends have never tasted Pineapple Upside Down Cake. For those of you who have experienced this delightful dessert, you are fully aware of the inherent travesty in the previous sentence. Since we love to make mini versions of our favorite treats, especially desserts, we thought individual servings would be a fun way to share this cake with our friends, plus we wanted to initiate the new set of ramekins from World Market. If you remember our January Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24 dinner, they were part of the gift sets we gave to our friends for the evening. If you’re going to gift folks with kitchenware, you should at least give it a test run yourself!

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Seafood

The Search Is Over

We have created a masterpiece, at least in our own eyes. This is the ticket of all tickets! Following the First Annual Foodbuzz Blogger Festival in San Francisco, we officially had the best mini pies in the history of the world. The best! Anyone who was there and also tasted The Pie Truck’s hand pies will probably agree. And then there were those Hog Island oysters that had raw oyster slurping virgins literally taking shots by the end of the night. We left San Francisco raving about the pies and oysters for days (weeks maybe). It didn’t take long for us to run through idea after idea. Somewhere along the line, there was a conversation about oyster stuffing that had all the lights going off in our heads. We had to make an oyster stuffing-style pot pie, and we had to make it taste good. With hopes of making the best little oyster stuffed pot pies in all of the land, we went to work.
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Cookies & Bars

Minor Changes to a Classic

Rocky Road Rice Krispie Treats--The Duo Dishes

Our parents didn’t make Rice Krispie treats for us when we were kids.  We learned how to make them ourselves.  These were one of the easiest sweet snacks to prepare in one serving portions.  You didn’t actually need to heat them on the stove, bystepping what could potentially be a treacherous situation for a young one.  Just get a plastic bowl, plop in a tiny bit of butter, tumble in the marshmallows and microwave until a billow of fluffy sugar expanded like a mini nuclear bomb.  Pull the bowl out of the microwave, pour in the cereal (a little or a lot based on your sugar rush desire), stir it up really good and eat it.  Nope, you didn’t even need to let it cool or eat it as a perfectly cut bar.  It was so good just like that.  Now that was the little kid way of eating these ageless treats, but now we’re grown.  Here’s what grown folks do.

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Seafood · Uncategorized

Now It’s Your Turn

Sea Bass and Couscous-The Duo Dishes
The original dish from B & B in D.C.

You may have already guessed that we love ourselves a dinner party.  Love it!  From planning the menu, shopping for the groceries and assembling all the goodies in the kitchen to passing out the plates, laughing with friends, and of course sipping on some wine.  Our parties usually involve lots of wine–that’s just how we do.  Then there’s the dancing around the kitchen when the food tastes just right.  Our parties always involve lots of dancing…tasting and dancing.  It all brings us complete joy. The best part of the whole thing is sitting down after all the hard work and taking that first bite.  What’s better?  We just don’t know!

These dinner gatherings usually involve us hosting and cooking everything, but it wasn’t too long ago we were on the East coast and invited to a dinner party where the whole meal was prepared by someone else–a lovely couple by the names of Brooke and Ben.  We love these parties just as much–the ones where we arrive and just eat.  It really was wonderful handing over the apron and being the guest for a change. The food looked absolutely beautiful and tasted so delectable that we had no choice but to recreate a similar feast for our friends a couple of weeks ago.  We observed all of the food prep during the first party and took notes of the hosts’ cooking prowess. This post captures our version of that special meal Brooke and Ben created.  We did our own little spin to each dish of course, but the essence of the original feast was there, even their idea of cooking most of the meal “en papillote”.  So fancy.

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Cakes, Pies and Tarts · Dips, Dressings and Sauces · Main Dishes · Nuts · Seafood · Side Dishes · Sweet Treats · Veggies

Now It’s Your Turn

Sea Bass and Couscous-The Duo Dishes
The original dish from B & B in D.C.

You may have already guessed that we love ourselves a dinner party.  Love it!  From planning the menu, shopping for the groceries and assembling all the goodies in the kitchen to passing out the plates, laughing with friends, and of course sipping on some wine.  Our parties usually involve lots of wine–that’s just how we do.  Then there’s the dancing around the kitchen when the food tastes just right.  Our parties always involve lots of dancing…tasting and dancing.  It all brings us complete joy. The best part of the whole thing is sitting down after all the hard work and taking that first bite.  What’s better?  We just don’t know!

These dinner gatherings usually involve us hosting and cooking everything, but it wasn’t too long ago we were on the East coast and invited to a dinner party where the whole meal was prepared by someone else–a lovely couple by the names of Brooke and Ben.  We love these parties just as much–the ones where we arrive and just eat.  It really was wonderful handing over the apron and being the guest for a change. The food looked absolutely beautiful and tasted so delectable that we had no choice but to recreate a similar feast for our friends a couple of weeks ago.  We observed all of the food prep during the first party and took notes of the hosts’ cooking prowess. This post captures our version of that special meal Brooke and Ben created.  We did our own little spin to each dish of course, but the essence of the original feast was there, even their idea of cooking most of the meal “en papillote”.  So fancy.

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Cookies and Bars · Nibbly Bits · Nuts · Sweet Treats

It’s Holiday Party Time

Holiday Cookie PlatterTree trimming, egg nog drinking, cookie baking and hors d’oeuvres prepping galore!  It’s a time where you  may be hosting your own fête or trudging to a friend’s for their festivities.  Either way, you most likely have to whip up a ‘lil platter to bring.  Or at least we think you should.  Your friends and family will probably like you even more.  Or at least we think they should.  Of course holiday soirées will be in full effect between now and New Year’s, so if you’re in charge of something other than bringing the wine, we suggest you give one of these a try.  They were a hit with our folks!

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