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Mustard-glazed catfish fingers

Looking for a quick dinner that will take 20 minutes or less to cook? Try this one, catfish fingers glazed in a creamy mustard sauce. Quick and very easy!

To make this, you’ll need at least a pound of fresh catfish (our fillet weighed in at 1 1/3 pounds); 1 tablespoon olive oil; 2 tablespoons butter; 1/4 cup white Continue reading


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South African Malva pudding

What tastes like caramel and soft apricot, is as light as a feather, and is a great potluck or family-style easy dessert? Why, Malva pudding, a traditional dessert from South Africa’s Western Cape.  Basically, it’s a sponge cake, lightly flavored with apricot jam, then covered with warm syrup immediately after baking.  The final product is almost like a cake-custard.

This recipe, which has been modified from one used by the Boschendal Wine Estate restaurant, will take an hour to complete, start to finish, because the baking time is 45 minutes.  And you’ll need Continue reading

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Sofrito (plus salmon!)

Today, I spent the day making sofrito. After retiring 6 weeks ago today, I signed up for a Master Class with Thomas Keller, the great chef at The French Laundry in Napa. One of our assignments was to make sofrito with two different oils (olive and canola). So I did. First, a caution: this will take a total of five (5) hours, so be patient!

You’ll need 3 cups of Continue reading

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