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Claudia’s Sweet Rolls

Before I left home for the first time, I sat down with my mother’s recipe box and wrote down my favorite dishes.  These were all written to fit on a 3×5 card, written to remind her about how to make the dish. As a result, they are often hard for anyone else to “unpack” the sometimes cryptic instructions. Continue reading

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Jan’s Drambuie Chocolate Mousse

For me Claudia’s Chocolate Mousse is the mousse by which all others are judged. It is however, not a health food. It has replaced cakes as the go-to dessert for special occasions. Jan has spent years perfecting the techniques of making this mousse, but it took her years more before she dared to tinker with mom’s recipe. This Easter, Jan made chocolate mousse with Drambuie.

Jan’s Drambuie Chocolate Mousse

Jan’s Drambuie Chocolate Mousse

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Claudia’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jan asked me to make some cookies for a bake sale at the university. Before I left home for the first time, I sat down with my mother’s recipe box and wrote down my favorite dishes.  Her chocolate chip cookies was one of my favorites, growing up.

Claudia's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Claudia’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Jan’s Chocolate Mousse, the Father’s Day Variation

For me Claudia’s Chocolate Mousse is the mousse by which all others are judged. It is however, not a health food. It has replaced cakes as the birthday/holiday treat in our house. Jan has spent years perfecting the techniques of making my mother’s mousse, but it took her years before she dared to tinker with mom’s recipe. This weekend, I am making Israeli couscous with almonds, Jan decided that chocolate mousse with Amaretto would be a good dessert for my Father’s Day dinner.

Jan’s Chocolate Mousse, the Father’s Day Variation

Jan’s Chocolate Mousse
the Father’s Day Variation

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Karl’s Strawberry Jam

Adapted from an Ina Garten recipe

When I was a child my mother, Claudia, would make strawberry jam every strawberry season. With five kids and a tight budget, it was one more way to stretch a dollar—even then commercial jelly was expensive. Whenever she did this, she would also bake bread—the smell of fresh bread and jam would fill the house. We would all gather around anticipating the treat of hot jam on warm bread just out of the oven.

Karl’s Strawberry Jam

Karl’s Strawberry Jam

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Karl’s Spicy Chicken with Pan Fried Noodles

Every year, my sister Karen renews my subscription to Cooks Illustrated at Christmas time. Over the years, I have tried and usually adapted many of their recipes—I am frequently at odds with some of their philosophies of cooking. In the October 2006 issue, they presented a recipe Stir-Fried Chicken with Bok Choy and Crispy Noodle Cake.

Karl’s Spicy Chicken with Pan Fried Noodles

Karl’s Spicy Chicken
with Pan Fried Noodles

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Claudia’s Baked Salmon

Before I left home for the first time, I sat down with my mother’s recipe box and wrote down my favorite dishes. I just posted a salmon cake recipe that put me in mind of one of my mother’s recipes: Baked Salmon. Claudia’s recipe cards were remarkable in their brevity and assumed knowledge. I will present the card as written and then give more detailed instructions for making this dish. Continue reading

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Claudia’s Chili

Before I left home for the first time, I sat down with my mother’s recipe box and wrote down my favorite dishes.  I had a hankering for chili this week end. I dug out my mother’s recipe and I was amazed to find that her “chili” did not actually include any chili! Continue reading

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Claudia’s Deviled Eggs

My mother, Claudia’s recipe for deviled eggs was fairly standard for the Fifties. This is mostly a Southern (US) recipe. If you went to any church potluck back then, someone would bring these deviled eggs. Everyone’s home recipe was virtually identical, so they almost always tasted the same. Continue reading

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Karl’s Potato Thyme

I am making chicken Madeira for Jan’s visiting friends. Sauce and meat needs starch. I decided that what was called for was a variation on my mother’s parsley potatoes.

 

Karl’s Potato Thyme

Karl’s Potato Thyme

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