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Over the last few years I have discovered and developed a taste for Balsamic vinegar. I love the sweet/tart taste of it. It adds a ton of flavor to just about any thing. Like the sauce that goes with this chicken breast.

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All you have to do is slice a large eggplant. Place it in a baking dish. Place a boneless chicken breast on top and then pour over a sauce of OO, tomatoes, capers, and balsamic. Oh, a little brown sugar and salt and pepper. It sounded delicious. But I didn’t really care for it. Sorry, Gaye.

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Maybe with a thinner breast – pounded maybe. The sauce was great! But check with Gaye, Sarah, and Chaya for their take on this chicken dish.

The recipe is from off the shelf on page 99. Or you can find it HERE.

Remember the little girl in “POLTERGEIST”?

    “They’re back!”

and while we aren’t scary, like the ghosts, we are persistent. WE are the bakers of TUESDAYS WITH DORIE a baking group that first started back in 2007 with just Lauri and then Jules when they received the book, Baking From My Home To Yours BFMHTY for short, and decided to bake their way through all of Dorie Greenspan’s luscious, decadent, delicious recipes. 500 bakers later….. after lots of new friendships and lots of new baking skills we are baking our way through another of Dorie’s books Baking Chez Moi – collection of goodies from Dorie’s kitchen in France that she has collected from friends, chefs, bakers, and some she has developed herself. Admittedly not ALL of the 500 are back for this second round of deliciousness but some of us are and I know there will be plenty of NEWBIES to join in.

Our first official recipe is a little ‘cakey’ cookie from Lille, France.

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These are a simple little sugar cookie, not too sweet, topped with a quick lemon glaze. A glaze that you can leave plain or tint them. They are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee.

The recipe is on page 272 of Baking Chez MoiBig thanks to Lauri, Jules, and Steph for rounding us all up again for another great baking adventure. More good times, good friends, and good treats to come!!!

IF you want to join us the RULES are on the TWD page. No pressure, no commitments, just lots of good things!!

I know I haven’t been with the group much, the Baking with Julia group, but somehow life got crazy and I wasn’t baking as much. And then I actually did make this tart and then forgot to post it. So better late than never!

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I made just one small tart. Just for me. I ate it. It was WONDERFUL! Is there anything better than caramelized onions? Why, yes, there is. Caramelized onions with bacon!!

This was super simple. A small disk of puff pastry covered in “melted” onions mixed with cream and bacon. Done!!

You can see the rest of the tarts by clicking over to Baking With Julia. And you should try this. Really!!

Recipe is on page page 426 of Baking with Julia and was contributed by Michel Richard.

Simple Quick. Healthy. Those three words describe this week’s dish from Donna Hay. My pick by the way.

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    red chillies
    onions
    garlic
    green beans
    bell pepper
    zucchini
    broccoli
    snow peas {I subbed in asparagus}

Chop them all up. Stir fry in a little oil. Throw in some soy sauce and sugar. Garnish with basil and cashews. And I added some five spice And it’s done. Like I said – quick, simple, healthy. And tasty!

The recipe is on page 70 of Donna’s Modern Classics: Book 1

Check with Gaye of Laws of the Kitchen, Chaya of Bizzy Bakes, and Sara of Simply Cooked for their stir-fry.

Yep, it’s that time of the month again. Potluck week for I Heart Cooking Clubs. I haven’t had a chance to try any of our new Chef’s, Diana Henry, dishes but I had made a Bittman recipe earlier. A tasty pasta dish with lots of bacon and asparagus.

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I found some asparagus on sale so I took advantage of it and brought home a couple of bunches. I know it won’t last long – we will eat it too quickly – so I had to make this dish before the Man came around!

    2 Tbsp olive oil
    4 ounces bacon, chopped
    1 1/2 lb asparagus, cut into 2 inch pieces
    8 ounces whole wheat pasta shells or ziti
    2 eggs
    1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (freshly grated)
    Pepper to taste

Cook your pasta according to package directions. {Bittman recommends WW pasta but I had some Rice and Quinoa pasta in the pantry from Trader Joes.}
Cook the oil and chopped bacon in a hot skillet over medium heat until has started to brown.
Add in the chopped asparagus and cook asparagus until softened but still crisp.
In a warmed bowl (I put mine in a hot oven and then turned the oven off while I was cooking the bacon mix.} beat the egg and then mix in the bacon and asparagus mix. Make sure to add the rendered fat from the bacon.
Mix the drained pasta with the egg mix. Add a little pasta water if needed. Add in the Parmesan cheese. Pepper to taste. Serve.


Just a note - if the bowl is too warm the egg will cook fine but stick to the bowl. I added a little pasta water as I was cooking the egg.
As usual Bittman was right on with this recipe. Very good.


You can find the recipe on page 219 in Bittman’s Food Matters Cookbook or HERE.


Check out with the other POTLUCKS were this month over at I Heart Cooking Clubs.

This week the bloggers with French Fridays with Dorie are celebrating a special birthday. Dorie’s! And we are doing it by making one of the sweet treats from her Baking Chez Moi, which comes out nest Friday. But her birthday is first so, Dorie, this Tourte is for you.

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You can find the recipe on her blog – In the kitchen and on the road with Dorie. She is generous enough to share several of her recipes from the new book on her site.

This is a tourte – a tart, basically, with two crusts. The crusts are made from the Sweet Tart Dough from BFMHTY (but you can find it here). It will also be in the new book – which you need to buy NOW!! It has always been my favorite crust.

Between the two crusts is a combination of peaches, sugar, flour, and almond ( or vanilla) extract.

    Oh, Yeah!!

I added a little extra sugar because we are WAY past peach season here in Louisiana and the ones I found were pretty but not sweet.

The only problem I had was with the top crust which simply would NOT remove itself from the parchment. I cut it in quarters to transfer it. In the end it was just fine. I really wish I had had some of Dorie’s Honey Peach Ice Cream to go with it.

Several years ago we baked our way through Dorie’s Baking From My Home To Yours. Now – starting November 11, we will be baking our way through Baking Chex Moi. If you want to join us – visit the TWD site – for everything you need to know.

And a big birthday shout-out to all the Doristas who celebrated Dorie’s Birthday this month with their treats:
Mini Cannelés

Chocolate Cream Puffs with Mascarpone Filling

Paletes de Dames, Lille Style

Brown Butter-Peach Tourte

After making this soup I knew I had had it before. And sure enough, we, WWDH members, made it February 2013. The note to myself is that I didn’t care for it much. So this time I made it a little different. Still, while tasty, not my fave.

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Onions cooked slow for sweetness. Beef stock, thyme. The recipe called for Brandy but I didn’t have any. I left out the mustard. I think that is why I didn’t care for it last time. But maybe it was the Brandy. I had a little piece of toasted bread with Asiago. Those went well together.

This was Sarah’s Pick this week. And check with Gaye for her soup.

The recipe is in Donna’s modern classics: Book 1 on page 27

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