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A New Way To Pancake

Baked Pancaked - The Duo Dishes

Pancakes! If you didn’t know by now, they’re my favorite food. I’m always on the lookout for new and fun ways to cook, eat, and serve them, as well as any varied style that’s out there. Our friend Rachel shared with us this particular recipe, which was featured in the New York Times. Similar to a German dutch baby, this baked delight puffs up in the oven to form a buttery, light pastry–a perfect treat morning, noon, or night! Continue reading “A New Way To Pancake”

Cookies & Bars · Uncategorized

Where Lost Is Found

Spiced Walnut Bar 1 - The Duo Dishes

There are some ingredients that keep so well in your freezer. Flours, polenta, homemade cookie dough rolled into individual balls and ready for the baking. Nuts too. If you are someone who packs away bags of raw nuts–we’re not talking about Planters here–then you know what it means to have protein-packed snacks on hand at any time. The unfortunate thing is that nuts can spoil, so as the temperature starts to rise, keep your nuts in the freezer. Their natural oils will prevent them from actually freezing, and you’ll be able to toast, chop and grind away without worrying about potentially rancid ingredients. Just don’t forget they’re in there. Then, when you feel like baking up a sweet treat, you can make these walnut bars. Continue reading “Where Lost Is Found”

Poultry & Pork · Uncategorized

A Pre-Thanksgiving Feast

Duo Dishes Grilled Turkey bottom

It may be obvious to you, but if not, it should go without saying that Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday! A whole day devoted to eating specialty dishes, family recipes, and seasonal foods—how could this not be the best day ever? Just hearing the word “Thanksgiving” brings to the surface memories of specific smells, table settings, and, most prominently, tastes. For us, different childhood memories pop-up of nibbling on the “crusty” edges of mom’s baked mac and cheese, or licking the wire beaters from the electric mixer clean after they whipped together the sweet potato casserole. Of course, equally important as the food is the company. On this glorious holiday, you not only get to devour a massive meal, but you get to do it with the people you love. Again, it just may be the best day ever!
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Southern Eye-talian Fare

Cornbread Panzanella-Duo Dishes

When life gives you tomatoes and cornbread, make panzanella.  Panzanella, you say?  Yes, panzanella.  It’s not just for the Italians.  We love to try Southernized versions of dishes, and we’ve seen several versions of cornbread based panzanellas out there.  It was time to give it a try.  This is the summer bread salad of all summer bread salads, especially if you have a pint of cherry tomatoes that are just waiting to be used for something good.  If you’re asking why cornbread, we’re sure you’ll have no doubts once you take a bite.  The Southerner in us says thanks to whoever came up with the idea.
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Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: Teach a Man to Fish

LP & Kerri-Duo Dishes

We feel very lucky to have a third round with Foodbuzz’s 24, 24, 24 series.  Literally the second the call for entries was announced, we had the idea.  The old adage says ‘If you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day.  Teach him how to fish, and he’ll eat forever.’  We believe in that all the way.  Quite frankly, we cook for ourselves all the time, and we cook for friends and family all the time.  We are always ready to share our food experiences with other people, but not everyone can quite appreciate everything in the same ways as we do.  We have a couple of friends who we’ve always deemed ‘picky’, whereas they find themselves to be ‘particular’.  Semantics really.  The interesting thing is that they both have a desire to expand their own cooking prowess in the kitchen, and that is where we saw a spot for the Duo.

We are not Martha Stewart and Gordon Ramsey, but we like helping and teaching people in the kitchen.  Our goal is to take two specific eaters and work with them to construct a three course menu, assist in the shopping and, of course, pitch in with the cooking.  In the end, our hope is that they will have put at least one or two toes outside of their comfort zone and end the evening with a couple of recipes that they can re-create anytime, on their own.  On your marks…

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