Cakes, Pies & Tarts

Caramelized Peach Chess Pie

Whole Caramelized Peach Chess Pie - The Duo Dishes

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Oh, how I love pie. I think I like it more than cake. That’s a toss up when it comes to someone like me who admittedly has a penchant for sweets. I really do try to balance an adoration for sugar with fruits, vegetables and grains, which makes every dessert indulgence worth the rush. In late June, I made a couple of pies for my grandmother, and my crust recipe yielded three balls of dough, not just two. With an extra homemade crust in the freezer, I decided to make a pie for July 4th weekend. It’s summer, and a fruit pie is always welcome at the table. With a bag of frozen peaches on hand as well, I knew exactly what to do with this one.

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Manchego, Cotija and Chorizo Queso

Manchego Cotija Chorizo Queso 1 - The Duo Dishes

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We’re well into summer thanks to the glorious seasonal kick off associated with Memorial Day weekend, as well as the recent Summer Solstice. This post is all about one of the dishes I ate and made at the end of May. It’s a throwback kind of post, but the true star is a cheesey side dish that you will want to replicate. It was actually one of many dishes I prepared for the weekend, and it was definitely a favorite. Despite taco trucks and grilled burgers, it was a queso dip that stole a few hearts.

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Other Sweet Treats · Uncategorized

Buttermilk Ice Cream with Blackberry Tarragon Compote

Buttermilk Ice Cream 1 - The Duo Dishes

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My torturous relationship with dessert continues with this batch of ice cream and a fruit topping to go with it. I didn’t plan for these two to go together, but I’m happy they were a match. The ice cream is rich and, well, creamy. Super thick–almost like a custard. The compote on top is also rich, from the natural sugars in the fruit, but it also has a light tang that echoes the characteristic flavor of buttermilk. So when you put the two together…it’s just the right combo. Continue reading “Buttermilk Ice Cream with Blackberry Tarragon Compote”

Other Sweet Treats · Uncategorized

Simply Refreshing

Cucumber Sorbet - The Duo Dishes

This is one of those recipes that came to life while being slightly intoxicated. I was enjoying a simple cucumber vodka and soda cocktail at home — several months ago Chrystal and I discovered Effen Cucumber Vokda at a tasting event, so I always grab a bottle when I see it at the store…it’s that good! Halfway through my refreshing libation, I had a sudden thought to translate this glorious drink somehow into a dish. It’s summer and sunny, I remember thinking, so a sorbet seemed perfect. The next moment, I was taking a quick stroll to my corner liquor store to get some airplane-sized bottles of Effen Cucumber Vodka. Continue reading “Simply Refreshing”

Seafood · Uncategorized

Leaning into Summer

Malibu Wines - The Duo Dishes

Last weekend, I celebrated a friend’s birthday at Malibu Wines Tasting Room. A dozen friends and I ventured to the Santa Monica Mountains, where we sipped vino under the bright sun and toasted to the coming summer. Of course, as well, we ate! Each person brought an array light nipplets to share with the group. We passed around thin slices of mortadella, stuffed gourmet olives, and strawberries dipped in goat cheese among other things. Of course, I had to bring something too. My contribution to our afternoon, birthday picnic would be an oversized crostini featuring smoked salmon and avocado. Continue reading “Leaning into Summer”

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Summer is officially on!  The time has come to bring out the charcoal, strike a few matches, and light up the grill.  To help ring in the summer, we teamed with Hebrew National Hot Dogs to throw a grilled hot dog party. Continue reading “Hebrew National Hot Dog Fiesta”

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Your Lazy Fast Pass

Strawberry and White Balsamic Vinegar Ice Cream - The Duo Dishes

Today seemed like a good day to talk about ice cream. Not because of the holiday and not because of the summer weather. Mostly because there hasn’t been an ice cream post on this site in the longest time. Last August, there was a Double Chocolate Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Cups based on one of Alton Brown’s recipes. That one was rich, smooth and creamy due to the chocolate of course, but also half a dozen egg yolks. Just imagine. This summer, there have been a few successful ice creams churned in the kitchen that do not include eggs. Yes, you can whisk together an eggless ice cream base in seconds, churn it in minutes and eat it not long afterwards. It is the best way to have homemade ice cream in no time if you’re feeling somewhat lazy. Surely, someone knows that being lazy can result in glorious results.

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