Indian Butter Chicken

Delicious and easy to make! The wonderful aroma of spices will fill your kitchen. Great recipe!



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Chocolate Ricotta Cheesecake

Very easy and delicious! Part 2 of my cheesecake series. Adapted from Lidia Bastianich’s Celebrate Like an Italian.

Chocolate Ricotta Cheesecake




  • unsalted butter for the pan
  • fine plain breadcrumbs for the pan
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  •  1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 cups ricotta
  • grated zest of a small orange



  1. preheat oven to 375 degrees. coat the bottom and sides of an 8-inch springform pan with butter, and sprinkle with the breadcrumbs to coat, tapping out the excess.
  2. In a double boiler,  gently melt the chocolate in the cream. Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa until smooth.
  3.  In a mixer, beat the eggs, sugar, and salt at high speed for about 2 minutes. Add the ricotta and orange zest, mix until smooth, for about 1 minute. Add the chocolate mixture.
  4. Pour batter into pan and bake for about 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes. Might be jiggly in the middle. Cool, run a knife around edges, and unmold.


Sonoma Fog Vinotini

Delicious and refreshing!  Part 2 of my bar food and cocktail series.  Adapted from Food and Wine Cocktails 2008.


  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 1/2 ounce vodka
  • 3/4 ounce triple sec
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple sryup
  • ice-wine -lime froth
  • 1 grapefruit wedge



  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, triple sec, and simple syrup, and shake well. Strain in to a chilled martini glass. Carefully top with the ice-wine-lime froth and garnish with a slice of grapefruit.
  2. For the  ice-wine-lime froth;  in a cocktail shaker combine 1 egg white, 1/2 ounce lime juice, 1/2 ounce cold white wine and 1/4 ounce triple sec. Shake for 10 seconds, add ice and shake for 10 seconds more. Carefully scoop out the froth and discard the ice.
  3. For the simple syrup; combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil, stirring often till sugar dissolves. Let cool and place an airtight container and refrigerate.



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