Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Recipe Index & Archives

Recipe Index

Appetizers & Side Dishes

Baked brie
Braised baby artichokes with garlic, thyme and Parmesan
Best crab salad ever (no, really, it is)
Orzo with garbanzo beans, herbs and goat cheese
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Stuffed Eggplant
Sundried tomato pesto
Zucchini & summer squash gratin


Bagels, plain (topped with poppy seeds}
Basic sweet yeast dough
Buttermilk honey loaf
Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread
Everyday bread with a garlic and herb crust
Pain à l’ancienne baguettes
Peter Reinhart's Challah
Rustic bread
Whole wheat pizza dough

Breakfast & Brunch

Apple cinnamon crepes
Baked French toast
Baked Frittata
Best crab salad ever
Buckwheat galette
Frittata and brunch menu for eight
Honey nectarine pancakes
Mini fruit tartlets
Perfect Breakfast Muffins
Pomacello shots
Poppyseed bagels
Strawberry scones


Black forest cake (chocolate sponge cake)
Cherry coffee cake
Chocolate cake with Nutella buttercream (chocolate butter cake)
Chocolate cupcakes with strawberry buttercream
Flourless chocolate cake
Guinness cupcakes with Bailey's buttercream
Mango mousse cake with lime-hinted whipped cream
Marbled butter cake
Mascarpone cherry cheesecake
Nutty, chocolaty, swirly sour cream bundt cake
Pear cake
Pumpkin spice cheesecake
Raspberry madness coffee cake
Strawberry Bavarian cake
Strawberry cream cake
Tiramisu cake
Vanilla cake with custard + raspberries & vanilla buttercream
White chocolate raspberry mousse cake


Anita's chocolate crinkle cookies
Black forest cake (chocolate sponge cake)
Chocolate biscotti
Chocolate cake with Nutella buttercream (chocolate butter cake)
Chocolate-covered sables
Chocolate cupcakes with strawberry buttercream
Chocolate-dipped strawberries
Chocolate Mascarpone brownies (cakey brownies)
Chocolate pear tart
Flourless chocolate cake
Guinness cupcakes with Bailey's buttercream
Linzer sables with chocolate ganache
Strawberry Frangelico tart
White chocolate raspberry mousse cake
World peace cookies


Anita's chocolate crinkle cookies
Biscotti (chocolate)
Biscotti (almond)
Biscotti (pumpkin-cranberry)
Brown sugar almond shortbread
Chocolate-covered sables
Linzer sables
Madeleines (honey) <- make these Madeleines (traditional)
Viennese shortbread cookies
World peace cookies

Pies & Tarts

Alice Waters' apple galette
Alsatian apple tart
Apple pie
Apple tart bread
Bartlet pear tartlets
Cherry pie (sweet cherries)
Chocolate pear tart
Fruit tart with French pastry cream
Lemon meringue tart
Mini fruit tartlets
Strawberry tart with light pastry cream
Strawberry Frangelico tart


Apple tart bread

Banana bread with cinnamon topping
Banana bread (healthified)
Banana poppyseed muffins
Blueberry muffins
Cherry coffee cake
Chocolate Mascarpone brownies
Marbled butter cake
Mixed-berry muffins
Nutty, chocolaty, swirly sour cream bundt cake
Perfect Breakfast Muffins
Pumpkin bread (dairy-free)
Pumpkin bread (dairy)
Raspberry madness coffee cake
Strawberry scones

Other Yummy Desserts

Apple + ricotta tartlets
Chocolate-dipped strawberries
Cream puffs
Lemon bars
Small batch peach jam
Vanilla bean creme brulee

Soups & Salads

Baby spinach, eggplant, asparagus and roasted peppers salad
Best crab salad ever
Butternut squash soup with crisp shallots
Orzo with garbanzo beans, herbs and goat cheese
Saffron tomato soup
Tomato and corn salad with basil

Pasta, Pizza & Quiche

Caramelized onions, mushroom and thyme quiche
Chez Panisse pasta with roasted eggplant
Creamy penne with mushrooms and goat cheese
Leek and Swiss Chard quiche
Orzo with garbanzo beans, herbs and goat cheese
Penne with shrimp, salmon, asparagus and sundried tomatoes
Tomato goat cheese tarts in an herb Parmesan crust
Whole wheat pizza with asparagus and purple potatoes

Poultry, Seafood & Meat

Arroz con pollo
Crab salad
Cabbage rolls
Chicken Milanese
Honey-glazed salmon + arugula salad with lemon pepper dressing
Madeira chicken with mushrooms
Peach khoresh (Persian stew with chicken and peaches)
Penne with shrimp, salmon, asparagus and sundried tomatoes
Tilapia with sweet balsamic bell peppers

Easy Dinners

Caramelized onions, musrhoom and thyme quiche
Chez Panisse pasta with roasted eggplant
Chicken Milanese
Leek and Swiss Chard quiche
Saffron tomato soup
Tilapia with sweet balsamic bell peppers
Whole wheat pizza with asparagus and purple potatoes


Pomacello shots


Apple + ricotta tartlets
Cabbage rolls
Crab salad
Stuffed eggplant


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Pine Mountain Lake
Santa Barbara wine country


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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Tasty & Fun Links

I am always happy to discover new and fun blogs, so if you have a recommendation or I haven't stopped by your blog yet, shoot me an email at sweet.persuasion (at) gmail (dot) com -- I would love to hear from you!

Food Blogs

80 Breakfasts
A Blithe Palate
Apple Pie, Patis, and Pâté
Baking and Books
Besotted Gourmet
Bread & Honey
Cafe Fernando
Cake On The Brain
Canela and Comino
Canelle et Vanille
Cookbook Catchall
Chocolate & Zucchini
Cream Puffs in Venice
Culinary Concoctions by Peabody
David Lebovitz
Edible Flours
Elra's Baking
Everyday Russian Food
Elyse's Confectionery Creations
Fior di Zucca
Flagrante Delicia
The Food Librarian
Fresh from the Oven
Honey & Jam
La cuisine d'Hélène
Jane's Sweets & Baking Journal
Joy of Baking
La Tartine Gourmande
Leite's Culinaria
Living Tastefully
Look and Taste
Paris Breakfasts
Piccante Dolce
Pittsburgh Needs Eated
Sassy Radish
Simply Recipes
Slow Like Honey
Smitten Kitchen
Sofia's Recipes (in Russian)
Tea & Cookies
The Food Librarian
The Italian Dish
The Knead For Bread
Veronica's Test Kitchen
Whisk: a food blog
Yulinka Cooks

Friends and Inspiration

A Happy Assembly
A Queen in a House Full of Men
Brentwood Kitchen
Brentwood Kitchen Shopper
Design Is Mine
La Porte Rouge
Marital Suicide
Merisi's Vienna for Beginners
Sunday Suppers
The Cherry Blossom Girl
Your Destiny is Stone Golden

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I love to answer your questions, but there are some that I get over and over (and over) again, so I thought it best to start this section just to get the most frequently asked questions out of the way. I’m always happy to hear from you, so if you have any other questions or simply want to drop me a line, you can email me at sweet.persuasion (at) gmail (dot) com.

1. What camera do you shoot with? What lens do you use?

I shoot with a Canon Xsi and for now, I have the kit lens (which I almost never use) and a 50mm f/1.8, which I love because it’s inexpensive, allowing me to experiment without fear, and takes good photos. My kit also includes a sturdy tripod (essential, since my kitchen has very little light) and a basic Canon external flash. I don’t use it for food shots, since I love to shoot with natural light, but it’s fantastic for night-shoots and parties.

I would love to add more lenses to my kit, like a really good macro lens (100mm, I’m looking at you), a wide angle and an every day moderate zoom lens, but unfortunately books and shoes get in the way.

2. What kind of post-processing do you do? Do you use Photoshop?

I do very little post-processing, mostly because I don’t have the time. Just thinking about Photoshop gives me a headache, so I’ve never learned it properly. I use Picasa to crop, adjust the white balance, light and contrast and sometimes, the saturation. Mostly, though, I just press the “I’m feeling lucky” button. :) I also use Picasa to put together the collages you see on my site.

3. Have you ever taken cooking lessons? Are you a professional?

No, I have never taken cooking lessons, nor am I anywhere close to a professional chef. In fact, I would say that my cooking experience is extremely limited, especially considering some of the wonderfully talented people out in the blogosphere. How can I then run a blog and tell you which food to make? I have some really hard core taste buds, trained by years of Russian-Jewish family cooking, so I know good food when I taste it. Also, my husband loves to eat, and he endorses all the food on this blog (and if you know a guy who appreciates food, you know that this means a lot).

4. Are you really a lawyer in real life? Should I be afraid?

Yes, I really am a lawyer in real life. This blog is one of my spare-time hobbies, though one that is very well beloved. I’d like to think I’m a pretty nice person, so you should only be afraid if you plan on stealing my work. I get really grouchy when that happens, and grouchy lawyers are never good. Please ask for permission and (most likely) you shall receive.

5. I made one of your recipes and it didn’t work out like you said. Can you tell me what went wrong?

I struggle with this one because I do personally make, eat and photograph all the recipes on this website and I generally test them out on my unsuspecting eager friends and family before posting about them. However, ingredients and conditions vary from place to place and, as I am not in the kitchen with you, I can’t tell you exactly what went wrong. I can hazard a guess, which I generally do, and I’ll definitely keep guessing until we can work out the kinks in the recipe, but sometimes, there are things (like humidity, oven temperature, measurements, content of fat in your butter, substituted ingredients, etc) that are beyond my knowledge and control and hence, I won’t be able to figure out your exact problem.

6. I left a comment on your blog, but I don't see it appearing underneath the post.

I moderate all comments and delete them when they are rude, mean, offensive or spam. Yes, I am the one who decides when a comment is so. It’s my blog, please either play nice or pick up your toys and go home.

7. Will you link to my blog if I link to yours?

Sorry, no. I do, however, love finding new blogs, so please feel free to send me an email with a link to yours and I’ll be sure to check it out!

8. I am starting a new blog. Can you give me advice on how to do it?

Ehhh…… I can give you advice, but I don’t know how good it will be because (a) I started this blog on a whim and still have no idea what I’m doing and (b) I do this only in my (very limited) spare time, so I would be hesitant to present myself as any kind of an expert on blogging. If you run a search on the internet, you will find a number of great tips from very seasoned and professional bloggers which would serve you much better than any advice I could give. My strategy is to make good food, take pictures of it and tell stories that I hope won’t bore you to tears. That’s kind of it in a nutshell.

9. Can you help me with the design of my website?

Oh, boy. I am probably the last person in the world you should ask about this kind of thing. I just futz around and Google a lot until I get it to look the way I want it to, and then I promptly forget what I did until the next time I need to futz around. I’m sorry, I’m really no good at this newfangled technology thing.

10. Can I make one of your recipes and post about it on my blog?

Yes! Please! Oh, I love hearing about how people have made recipes they found here. It really makes my day. The only thing I ask is that you tell your own story in your own way. I think life is a lot more fun like that. I also appreciate a link letting people know where you found the recipe. Please do not use the text and photos from this site.

11. What are you hobbies other than cooking and eating?

Well… I love to read and am always looking for good book recommendations. I also write some fiction-type of stuff, but … ehh… I’m shy about that, so the less said the better. My husband teases me about my love for sports (he says I was raised by wolves), but there it is, I do love watching sports. My favorites are soccer, hockey, basketball, cycling and pretty much all the winter sports. Curiously enough, I don’t love participating in winter sports, but as soon as summer arrives (that would be March in Los Angeles), you can find me walking, hiking, swimming, biking and soaking up the sun in various other ways. I also like nerdy things like history books, art, classical music, ballet and the opera. And I collect antique tea-cups and air them out frequently for tea parties with my mom and sister. I may have been raised by wolves, but at heart, I’m a ten year old girl in a pink frilly dress having a tea party. That same inner ten year old loves organizing get-togethers, and we try to have people over to our house as often as we can. I think that’s why blogging appeals to me so much – it’s one big dinner party with good friends, good food and good conversation, and I just love it.

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