Carolyne's Recipes

Carolyne's Recipes

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The tuile parmesan lacy basket nests can be made ahead of time, but they are at their best crunchy bite when draped to shape and immediately filled with whatever suits your fancy.

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Also savoury pithiviers; sweet potato pancakes with dates, figs and maple syrup; and sautéed figs in cognac cream.

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Shred a pan-fried duck breast that you removed from the heat when just barely done, using two long-tined forks. Let rest and cool so you can handle.

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Another wonderful amuse bouche. Wow! Something from almost nothing. Nothing goes to waste in my kitchen.

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Deep-fried vegetable salad with roasted half-tomatoes – and some new ideas to prepare carrots.

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And have you ever thought of cutting thick slices of fruitcake into cubes and roasting them in sizzling sweet homemade oven-roasted garlic purée butter?

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It’s a special weekend treat breakfast that can served as a full meal any time of day. You won't be hungry for hours.

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Maybe add chestnuts or chestnut purée. You could call this a French-German-English version of an old standby.

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If you are fortunate to live near a farmers’ market, indulge in local farm fresh produce when possible. Ask if this farmer actually grew the produce or bought it from a nearby farm.

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Just a suggestion: Start the meal with an espresso cup on a saucer, offering a drinkable hot tester of my very special silky cream of celery soup. Follow with the meal plan below.