Home & Garden Insights

July 10, 2008

Dark-Chocolate-Dipped Cherry Ice Cream Cones

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3 pints premium cherry ice cream
8 sugar cones
1 11.5-ounce package bittersweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 ounces high-quality white chocolate (such as Lindt or Perugina), chopped
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped toasted almonds

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Tropical Sorbet and Ice Cream Parfaits

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2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lime peel
Pinch of salt

1 1/3 cups mango sorbet
1 cup chopped peeled cored fresh pineapple
1 cup diced peeled pitted mango
3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 1/3 cups vanilla ice cream

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Chocolate Pound Cake with Strawberry Ice Cream and Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce

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1 1/2 cups cake flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
3/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet miniature chocolate chips (about 6 1/2 ounces)

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Pound Cake with Blueberries and Lavender Syrup

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For cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature for 30 minutes
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup whole milk, at room temperature

For blueberries in syrup
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
4 teaspoons dried edible lavender flowers or 2 tablespoons fresh edible lavender flowers
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
10 oz blueberries (1 pt)

Special equipment: a 9- by 5- by 3-inch metal loaf pan

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Scallop Ceviche on Black Pasta Cakes with Cilantro Salsa

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For ceviche
1/2 cup thinly sliced white onion
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 cup fresh lime juice
1 fresh jalapeño chile, sliced, including seeds
2 tablespoons kosher salt
24 medium sea scallops (1 1/4 lb), tough muscles removed from sides if necessary and scallops halved horizontally

For pasta cakes
6 oz black (squid ink) angel’s hair pasta
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
About 1 cup olive or vegetable oil

For cilantro salsa
1/2 cup minced white onion
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh tomatillos
1/2 cup finely chopped tomato
1 tablespoon minced fresh jalapeño chile, including seeds
1 teaspoon kosher salt

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Apricot Tart with Honey and Almonds

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2/3 cup whole milk
1 2-inch piece vanilla bean, split lengthwise
2 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Pastry Crust Dough (1 dough disk)

1/2 cup blanched whole almonds
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 large egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
Pinch of salt
3 15.25-ounce cans unpeeled apricot halves in heavy syrup, well drained

3 tablespoons honey

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Goat Tacos

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3 dried guajillo or New Mexico chiles, wiped clean
2 dried ancho chiles, wiped clean
1 pound tomatoes
3 1/2 to 4 pound bone-in goat such as shoulder, neck, or leg
3 garlic cloves
1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
5 whole black peppercorns
3 whole cloves
2 Turkish bay leaves or 1 California
16 to 24 corn tortillas

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Avocado and Watercress Salad

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1/4 cup rice vinegar (not seasoned)
1 tablespoon grated sweet onion such as Vidalia or Walla Walla (use large holes of a box grater)
1/4 cup finely grated peeled Gala apple (use small holes of box grater)
4 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 cups watercress (thin stems and leaves only; from 1 large bunch)
1 firm-ripe avocado

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Tomato, red onion, and basil bruschetta

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2 cups assorted cherry, grape, and teardrop tomatoes, halved
(or quartered if large)
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil plus additional for brushing
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 large loaf focaccia, halved horizontally (reserve half for another use)
1 garlic clove, peeled, halved

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New Booze: Cucumber Vodka and 100-Proof Tequila

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Learn about these types of vodka and tequila.

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