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~ Culinary Q&A & Kitchen Therapy Too (6/08/12) ~

Culinary Q & A #2At our last Culinary Q&A (5/25/12), I promised that I would be dedicating the next week to "all things ribs" and rib recipes.  I whole-heartedly expected to keep that promise, until I was bombarded with fresh strawberries from our backyard strawberry patch.  As I've mentioned before, blogging fresh, on-hand ingredients takes precidence over promises.  I spent all of the past week posting strawberry recipes, and, I promise to spend next week posting rib recipes!

Based upon all of your comments this week, no one was upset by this delay, because the strawberry posts were extremely well received by everyone.  Kitchen Encounters got one question concerning two of my strawberry posts, so I'm going to answer it first:

PICT0007Q. Deb says and asks: Dear Kitchen Encounters, I found your blog while searching for fruit sauces to top ice cream.  I read your recipe for ~ Sweet Heat:  Strawberry & Guajillo Chile Sauce ~, which you pictured atop ~ Sweet Heat: Strawberry & Guajillo Chile Ice Cream ~.  My family of five loves strawberries and spice, which is why both of these recipes interest me, but, my 11-year-old daughter has an allergy to strawberries.  Can you suggest another fruit to use interchageably in both of those recipes?  Thanks in advance!

6a0120a8551282970b01543403dff7970c-320wiA.  Kitchen Encounters:  Great to hear from you Deb.  My family is no stranger to allergies, so I understand where you are coming from with this question!


Peaches will be a little more work than strawberries, in that you must peel them first, but, cup for cup, chopped/chunked fresh peaches can be substituted equally in both the sauce and the ice cream recipes without any compromise!



Next, Kitchen Encounters received one amazing comment regarding ~ Melanie's Bolognese Sauce & Bolognese Lasagna:  Veal & Rosemary Tomato Cream Sauce & Lasagna ~, which can be found in Categories 3, 11, 12, 14, 21 or 22!

PICT0004C.  Tony says:  Melanie.  I made your recipe for bolognese sauce. All I can say is wow.  I grew up in a large Italian family and my Italian born grandmother Maria made bolognese all the time, along with homemade pasta sheets.  She died unexpectedly at quite a young age and  her recipe died with her before anyone learned how to make it.  To date no one in our family has been able to come up with anything even close.  We have adopted your recipe as ours.  With gratitude, the Marco Family (Brooklyn, NY).

C.  Kitchen Encounters:  Tony.  I am speechless with glee and couldn't be prouder of this honor!

Enjoy your weekend everyone, and once again:  To leave a comment or ask a question, simply click on the blue title of any post, scroll to the end of it and type away... or e-mail me directly!

"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti

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