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Preview - Steak au Poivre with Cognac Sauce. Crack the peppercorns with a mortar and pestle.

Preview - Steak au Poivre with Cognac Sauce

It's fine if some are just broken in half and others are smaller; the important thing is to crack them all. If you don't have a mortar and pestle, crack the peppercorns on a cutting board, crushing them with a meat pounder or the bottom of a small heavy skillet or saucepan. Sprinkle 1 tsp. of the thyme and 1 tsp. salt evenly on both sides of the steaks and then pat the peppercorns on both sides to create a thin crust. Let the steaks sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 425°F. Turn on the stove's exhaust fan. Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook the steaks until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center reads 125°F for rare, 130°F for medium rare, and 135°F for medium, 4 to 7 minutes. Pour off any fat left in the pan, but not the browned bits. Individual Beef Croustades with Boursin & Mushrooms. Shrimp Salad Rolls with Tarragon & Chives.

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Shrimp Salad Rolls with Tarragon & Chives

RATE IT! By TheHandThatRocksTheLadle, 12/31/2012I'm obsessed with this recipe in the summertime. The key is to spread real butter on the toasted rolls, or spread over Ritz crackers. The buttery flavor really compliments this dish. by winstonk, 8/5/2012Excellent, may try it next time with suggestions below of dill instead of tarragon and adding avocado. by szatlanta, 6/17/2012Made this as an hors d'oeuvre and put it in endive to serve.

Pasta with Sausage, Olives, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Cream. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil over high heat.

Pasta with Sausage, Olives, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Cream

Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the sausage and cook, breaking it into bite-size pieces with a spoon, until just cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Linguine with Shrimp, Caramelized Onion, Pancetta & Peas. User reviews made it?

Linguine with Shrimp, Caramelized Onion, Pancetta & Peas

RATE IT! Classic Buttermilk Pancakes. User reviews made it?

Classic Buttermilk Pancakes

RATE IT! By amandachuaaaa, 3/21/2014I've made many pancakes, but I've never managed to make that perfect fluffy moist pancake, but this is the best pancake I've stumbled upon. DEFINITELY A KEEPER. Not just another exaggerated "this is the best recipe ever", this is really the best. by user-3277888, 3/20/2014Easy and tasty recipe! By user-3248704, 3/3/2014thick, though fluffy, over all, a easy and great recipe,(my husband says "they have a good flavor"... Epicurious.com: Recipes, Menus, Cooking Articles & Food Guides. Sticky Toffee Pudding. Baking soda (known as bicarb to Brits) plays two roles in this recipe: It helps soften the dates, and it helps the wet, heavy batter rise during baking.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

If you can only find golden sugar in regular granulation, just blend it in a food processor for 1 or 2 minutes to get a superfine texture. For the cake: 2 oz. (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature; more for the pan 6 oz. (1 cup lightly packed) pitted dates (Medjools, if possible), coarsely chopped 1 tsp. baking soda 6 oz. (3/4 cup plus 2 Tbs.) golden superfine sugar (or white superfine sugar), sifted if lumpy 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 2 large eggs 6 oz. (1-1/4 cups plus 1 Tbs.) self-rising flour, sifted For the sauce: 1/2 cup packed light or dark muscovado sugar (or light brown sugar) 1/4 cup honey 4 oz.(1/2 cup) unsalted butter 1/4 cup heavy cream Vanilla ice cream for serving (optional) Fry's Cocoa - One Bowl Cake. Free-Form Pear Tarts with Almond & Cinnamon. In this recipe, almond paste provides a subtle, perfumy almond flavor that marries perfectly with the sweetness of the pears.

Free-Form Pear Tarts with Almond & Cinnamon

You’ll find cans or tubes of almond paste in most grocery stores. Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Unroll or unfold the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface. Apple Brown-Butter Jalousie. User reviews made it?

Apple Brown-Butter Jalousie

RATE IT! By LArcher, 10/19/2012Made this tonight with farm fresh Ida Red apples and my family (who have tried everything apple) exclaimed that this was fantastic! My daughters are growing up to be "fine cooking" fans. Apple Turnovers. When the first few nights turn chilly, all thoughts go to baking—and apples.

Apple Turnovers

These turnovers are a classic guaranteed to fill your kitchen with the homey smells of fall. You also use this wonderful, flaky dough to make open-faced rustic tarts called galettes. If you don’t want to make all of the turnovers at once, you can freeze some of the dough, well wrapped. Caramel Popcorn. User reviews made it? RATE IT! By Cookie5, 9/1/2013I've never made caramel popcorn before and I usually try a ton of recipes before I decide on a favorite, but this might be it! This is some of the best caramel I have ever eaten and it's so easy to make too! Twice-Baked Potatoes with Sour Cream. Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 425°F.

Twice-Baked Potatoes with Sour Cream

Put the potatoes on the oven rack and bake for 30 minutes. Prick each potato on all sides with a fork. Continue to bake until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes more.