Mini Pistachio, Walnut and Honey Baklava

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Layers of flaky phyllo dough. Walnuts. Pistachios. Honey. Baklava is a symphony of flavors and textures. Served with homemade cinnamon whipped cream, it’s positively decadent. KitchenAid recently challenged me to create a mini baklava recipe. Honestly, this is a dessert I never imagined making — so I was more than a little apprehensive about it….

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Making Pesto the Old-Fashioned Way

Basil. Garlic. Olive oil. Pine nuts. Parmesan. These are the makings of a fabulous, wonderful, delicious pesto — and believe me, I adore pesto. It’s fabulous on so many things: pasta, sandwiches, baked potatoes, whatever. When it comes to making pesto, I have always been a food processor girl. Seriously. Every pesto I have ever…

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Top Chef New York: Week Four

I need to get this off my chest: Ariane’s reaction to criticism during the Quick Fire challenge was pitiful. The flicked head and rolled eyes really got under my skin. Fast. She needs to step up or get out. If last season was the season of gratuitous cursing, this season is the season of bad…

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Top Chef New York: Week 2

Wow, where to begin? A lot of the dishes served this episode seemed to fail. And in some of the cases, the chefs knew the dishes weren’t that good before they served them. Why send a not-so-good dish out? And what’s with all the dated plating and presentation? I would think that as Top Chef…

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