Happy Holidays and Resolutions from The O6: Goodbye, 2009!

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Considering New Year’s Eve is tomorrow, I thought I’d get on sharing our card before the holidays are behind us. Maybe I was aiming for Valentine’s Day? I joked about it on Twitter today in an attempt to conceal my shame. In an attempt to rectify the end-of-the-year disorganization that seems to be controlling me […]

The Monday Menu: December 27, 2009

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First, because I was naughty and didn’t say it the day of, Merry Christmas! I hope yours was as joyous and fun-filled as ours. We spent several hours driving through blizzard-like conditions and made it to all of our Christmas programs, functions and events. Now we’re all tucked back into our little house trying to […]

Steak au Poivre – The Showstopper

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Steak au Poivre is one of those gorgeous meals that fills the house, is showy to make in front of guests and makes you want to curl into the couch after dinner, completely content and satisfied. Tenderloin filets are pan fried and then added to a rich, creamy pepper sauce. Sometimes you need a showstopper.  […]

Steak au Poivre

4-6 tenderloin medallions about 1 1/2 inches thick kosher salt 2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper 1 tablespoon butter 1 teaspoon olive oil 1/3 cup cognac 1 cup heavy cream Evenly salt the medallions and roll in black pepper.  Melt butter and olive oil over medium  heat and sear the steaks about 4-5 minutes per […]

The Monday Menu: December 21, 2009

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San Francisco with John Bolten (pictured above with Ole) is behind me, and Operation Christmas Cookie 2009 is underway. Right. Now. My sister is stuck here until it commences…on the 23rd. All right, so I’ll let her go home soon. Accomplished: 6 batches of dough, rolled into balls and in the fridge; pecan teacakes; more […]

Gingered Orange Shortbread and Challenge Dairy

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Finally, I share my shortbread for all the world to see. You can just add this to the list of things I have failed or fallen short at recently. It belongs right there next to purchasing pants that actually fit my growing 5-year-old and scrubbing my floor. You see, I made and photographed this shortbread […]

Gingered Orange Shortbread

2 sticks of butter, softened 2/3 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup candied ginger, minced 3 tablespoons orange zest 3/4 teaspoon orange extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 10 ounces white chocolate 2 tablespoons sugared candied orange rind Preheat oven to 300° F. Cream butter. Cream together sugar and salt with the butter and then […]