Stuffed Pumpkin Pizza Roll with Bacon and Lots of Other Good Stuff | A Creative Cooking Crew Challenge

Nova_6665December 11, 2015stuffed pumpkin pizzaAfter another 2 month hiatus, the Creative Cooking Crew came back with a new challenge: honey.

Lucky me, I had just picked up a jar of Acacia Honey with Black Summer Truffles at Trader Joe’s and was dying to try it.  Read More

Leftovers: Or How I Turned My Fancy French-Inspired New Year’s Eve Dinner Into a Spicy Asian Fusion Meal

New Year’s Eve was all about indulgences … foie gras with an apple gastrique and chutney, bone marrow, triple créme cheese and baguette rounds that served as the vehicle for all those delectable starters. Then came some shrimp and lentils (for New Year good luck) followed by a main course of cornish hens and black rice. Not just any cornish hens, either. These birds had a little foie gras under the skin and were basted with the fat rendered from the foie. Indulgent!

Though not French, the Chinese black rice was treated with a mirepoix which also included fennel and was mixed with chopped dates and toasted pecans for a little sweet-savory to complement the birds. Side dish: roasted string beans and mushrooms with a little gorgonzola topping. Read More