Category Archives: Recipes

Fathers’ Day, Bistecca alla Fiorentina

I don’t have a formal bucket list, but if I did, at the top would be a visit to Panzano, so I could experience eating the beef of Dario Cecchini, arguably the world’s greatest butcher. I first read about Dario … Continue reading

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Rendering Leaf Lard or Beef Suet

I’ve been using processed lard in my Vodka Pie Crust Recipe for several years because I get a more flaky crust than I do when using butter or shortening. But store bought lard is partially hydrogenated to extend its shelf … Continue reading

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Dave’s Chili Con Carne

Chili, for most Americans, contains beans. This is a little odd, because as anyone who has been to a Chili competition can tell you, fillers such as beans, pasta, or rice are simply not allowed. This is pretty much consistent … Continue reading

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Homemade Griddle Cake (Pancake) Mix

Ingredients Basic Mix: 5 cups all purpose flour 2 Tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons Salt Additional Ingredients: 1 cup milk 1 egg, beaten 2 Tablespoons margarine, melted Making the Dry Griddle Cake Mix … Continue reading

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Spicy Basmati Rice with Black Mustard Seeds

  Ingredients 2 cups basmati rice 4 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 medium onion, peeled, halved, and sliced into paper-thin half rings 1 red bell pepper, sliced into very thin strips (optional) 2 teaspoons black mustard seed 2 teaspoons fresh minced … Continue reading

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Pie Dough Made With Vodka

Ingredients for one double-crust pie 2 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour 8 tablespoons leaf lard (cut into small pieces) 8 tablespoons butter (cut into small pieces) 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 2 tablespoons sugar (optional) 1/4 cup vodka, cold (brandy works … Continue reading

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Dave’s Carrot Cake

I’m not sure how many different carrot cake recipes I’ve tried or modified over the years. I never really kept track. But no matter the recipe, there was always something missing, until eventually I came across a recipe that was almost perfect. Continue reading

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Dave & Elisa’s Apple Cranberry Pie

Ingredients Pie dough (enough for a top and bottom, with a bit to spare) 18 Tbsp. butter, chilled 6 Tbsp. lard, chilled 3 cups all purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 1 Tbsp. sugar 3/4 cup ice water Pie … Continue reading

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