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Internet Tasting Session: December 27th, 2009

Christmas has come and gone, and our houses are strangely empty of festive merriment. The New Year is quickly approaching, and there is nothing to do but settle in, visit friends, eat, drink, and be merry. Follow me as we sample some real food going around.

coq au vin

Coq au Vin - A dish that is low and slow, REAL, and absolute money!

Chicken

Coq Au Vin by Sippity Sup – Not only is this a legit dish, the instructions on how to braise are top notch!

Lamb

Braised Lamb Shoulder Chops and Tomatoes by Blue Kitchen – Here lies a dish that is deceptive in it’s simplicity; there are few ingredients and almost ethereal technique which brings it full circle to a taste explosion in your mouth. This dish embodies real cooking, and it is an excellent cook that can master the braise. Good job!

Pastry and Baking

Almond Joy Tart by the Arugula Files – When you have purchased a 4.99$ tart mold, here is a perfect thing to use it for! I could probably sit and eat that whole tart, and ask for seconds. To tell you the truth, if TAF keeps making great tarts like that, I will not be responsible for my actions!

Baklava Cigars by Kalofagas – You should just go to this link. Why? 3 words: Bah Kluh Va! Always a mystery that crafty Baklava, and Peter solves it! Go! Before they are all gone!

Cashew Brittle by Sassy Radish – Here is a go-to recipe for gift giving. Sure, it’s too late, so what? Make it anyway, eat the “leftovers” and claim you forgot to give them! Don’t shake your head, I know you were thinking that anyway.

Chocolate Fudge by Sugarlaws – A go-to recipe for straight forward, no nonsense fudge. You can use that recipe for a great number of variations.

Honey Cranberry Cornmeal Quick Bread by Joy the Baker – This bread is quick, easy, and delish! Cranberries and walnuts are both in season, and this bread is the go to that you need to keep you full while you are busy opening those presents. I suggest switching out the honey for the maple syrup, but I am biased. (Canadian!)

Maple Oat Scones by Sippity Sup – I promise that these scones are not only here because they feature maple syrup. (Seriously! I’m Canadian and proud of it!) I think that you should make these because they feature my beloved maple syrup. (Hey! Forget my circular logic, shouldn’t you be eating these?)

Orangettes by Sassy Radish – This recipe hit me up by surprise. Imagine the taste of orange oils in your mouth, with a tiny touch of bitterness, coupled by sweet sugar, and the dark rich tones of chocolate. Do I have your mouth drooling yet? <wipes mouth with sleeve>

Salted Caramels with Orange Scented Sugar by Good Life {Eats} – Okay, these are the real deal! I love those wrapped caramels that you get at the store, but they always seem hard as rocks. I think it might be that they were discovered on a recent fossil expedition. Katie’s recipe solves that. Indulge in a classic, and you will have adoring fans from all over! (The link is to a guest post from Katie!)

Soft Pretzels by Picky Cook – Who does not love pretzels? A little hot mustard, sea salt – we are talking memories! The link takes you to a step-by-step resource on how to make those addictive little breads. Bonus points for that!

Romanoff’s Chocolate Soufflé by Sippity Sup – An amazing dish with an even more amazing side story. While the creator of the dish was not really a prince, I am not lying – be prepared to be entertained and stuffed after your sampling of this recipe!

Sugar-and-Spice Candied Nuts by Sassy Radish – These nuts are the by-product of an accidental aquisition of a recipe. Who cares where they came from? I would eat those nuts all day long. You know what the best part of it is? Without guilt!

Pizza

Stuffed Crust Pizza by Local Lemons – REAL food, inspired (so to speak) by that famous hut pizza chain. This recipe goes even further, having you make your own mozzarella. Can you get more legit than that?

Pork

Mascarpone Polenta with Sausage and Peppers by Good Life {Eats} – This is the real deal folks! Nothing says comfort and REAL like polenta. Toss in Macarpone cheese, and you are looking at a winner that no family member can deny. (If they are sane, that is!)

Roasted Pork with Mostarda by The Bitten Word – Quick story: last year I had a surprise function with a condiment called Mostarda. I had no idea how to make it. How I wish TBW was there to rescue me. I second their notion that pork loin is awesome for Christmas!

Salad

The Brown Derby Original Cobb Salad by Sippity Sup – Not only does Greg serve up this salad classic with style, he also gives a back story about the salad that is right on the money! Now, Cobb salad has fallen out of fashion, but culinary stories have not!

Vegetables

Homemade Tater Tots by Macheesmo – This is a wonderful recipe to make when you have leftover mashed potatoes. Best yet, it will have you put down the bag of crap you might be tempted to buy. Nick hits the spot with this snack!

Red Posole by 101 Cookbooks – Wonderful recipe, wonderful and skillful use of ingredients to warm the soul during those months. This is another example of real food. The extra red sauce from this dish can be used in all manner of great ways. When you are faced with that huge mountain of snow to shovel, think of this dish, and you will be okay!

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That’s all for this week! Stay tuned for the first tasting of 2010 next week!

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