Breads & Muffins · Uncategorized

Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Spiced Honey Glaze

Peanut Butter Banana Bread Baked Loaf 2 - The Duo DishesPeanut Butter Banana Bread Baked Loaf 2 - The Duo Dishes

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I love to hate bananas. They’re not the fruit for me. I’ll say that until the day I die, but I have to admit that I love banana bread more than words. Don’t ask me how that happened. I just know these things to be true. If I end up with a few whole bananas in hand, they’ll immediately go in the freezer because I know banana bread will happen. After making a batch of homemade peanut butter, I knew exactly what to do with the leftovers and those bananas that had been in the freezer for a couple of months. Yesterday was apparently National Peanut Butter Day, but we can extend the celebration to today. Continue reading “Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Spiced Honey Glaze”

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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Beef & Lamb

It All Begins Here

Rosemary Onion Roll-Duo Dishes

Where does a good burger begin and end?  Everyone likes their burger in so many different ways.  It’s like the BLT, which we pondered on for a while as well.  You may not have asked us yet, but we will tell you what makes a good burger: tender, flavorful meat and an awesome bun.  You may think that both halves of the Duo love the same things, but it’s not true.  Not in the least.  Amir is not a fan of bread.  He cannot fathom eating bread as is.  He sees bread as a vessel, a carrier of other good eats.  On the other hand, Chrystal has a slight obsession.  Give her a baguette, some butter and maybe a sprinkle of salt, and she will be a happy camper.  If you’re not on an Atkins diet, you have to admit that a great burger must sit on delicious bread.  A terrible bun can ruin a burger.  So that’s where we’ll start.
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Cookies and Bars · Sweet Treats

It’s Just the Litttle Things

Peanut Butter Apple Cookies-Duo Dishes
Toffee Peanut Butter Apple Cookies
Mint Pistachio Cookies-Duo Dishes
Chocolate Mint Pistachio Cookies
Sweet & Spicy Snickerdoodles 2-Duo Dishes
Sweet & Spicy Snickerdoodles
Triple Chocolate Almond Cookies-Duo Dishes
Triple Chocolate Almond Cookies

We know you have a signature dish that makes everybody go crazy.  Or you make something following the usual recipe, and the one day you do something different–add your own touch, if you will–people are asking what you did that time around.  There are so many ways to give food your own zap.  We all do it.  That’s why only Grandma So-and-So can make the potato salad at the family reunion picnic.

At Thanksgiving, no one takes the yams from Uncle Whoever.  He’s the only one that makes them just right.  If you want to avoid the wrath of greedy family members, please don’t give the Easter ham to anybody except Cousin What’s-Her-Name.  Only she knows what she’s doing. You know what we’re talking about.

What are they doing to make those dishes so good?

Well, that’s their secret to the grave.  You’ll probably never find out, and maybe that’s OK.  If we had the in’s and out’s of everyone’s recipes, they wouldn’t be unique anymore.  Maybe the best part of eating that signature dish is knowing that you’ll never have a clue what’s in it.  The mystery makes each bite so good.

Honey Oatmeal Walnut Cranberry Cookies-Duo Dishes
Honey Oatmeal Walnut Cranberry Cookies
Peanut Butter Banana Cookies
Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

We test drove some cookies, making a couple of interesting decisions along the way.  A little of this, a bit of that.  Making sure to incorporate distinct and noteworthy aspects to each recipe.  We’re still experimenting, but we think we’re onto something.  Don’t hate us for being vague. We just wanted to show you a few of the things we’ve been working on for a special project, but we do have to keep our DD touch secret for now! And we won’t hate it if you do the same.

What are some of your best dishes?

Vegetarian

Our Plate Runneth Over

Sweet Tahini Roasted Vegetable Salad-The Duo Dishes

Have you ever been a victim of abundance?  There’s just too much going on at one time!  Rewind back to January when everywhere you turned, there were oranges, tangelos and grapefruits popping up in recipes.  Apparently, folks were gifted galore with fruit baskets.  No one sent a vegetable cornucopia to us via U.S. Postal Service, but somehow we ended up with a gorgeous selection of fresh veggies and an immense salad craving.  Where to begin!  If you’ve poked around this site a bit, you’ll notice that we love roasting our vegetables.  It’s fast.  It’s easy.  It’s tasty.  And there are so many ways to spruce them up.  This is a salad for the salad lover–full of flavor, packed with a multitude of veggies and perfect straight out of the oven or room temp.

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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.

Continue reading “Now It’s Your Turn”