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Easier Financiers, in proportions you can't forget!

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This is an updated version of my previously posted financiers. I made these for a potluck and everyone wanted recipe! I tweaked these for an easier-to-remember recipe. Just half the dry ingredients each time, plus butter and egg-whites. Super easy to remember, as easy as they are to make!

Ingredients:

6 egg whites
1 stick butter, browned
1 cup almond powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 flour

Instruction: 

Heat butter on medium low heat until browned. Add almond powder & sugar to egg whites. Mix until combined. Add brown butter; mix well. Finally add flour, lightly whisk until just combined. Fill the molds ~2/3 of the way through; spread batter out evenly with a skewer if needed. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes. If using metal molds, unmold while warm; if using silicon mold, broil the cakes up-side-down for 3~5 minutes after unmolding for a crispy edge.

Video Instruction:



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Venetian-Style Squid Ink Pasta (spaghetti al nero di seppia)

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Impress your guests with this exotic dish that is deceptively simple! Derived from my best memory of Venice (and out of necessity here in the US - difficult to find outside nyc or sf, & pretty much impossible to get it on the cheap). This recipe can be done in 15 minutes.

As usual, this is the lazy bum's approach - I'm not cleaning a cuttlefish and collecting ink. Buy a jar of squid ink from your local whole foods (or similar specialty grocery, or amazon) and get pre-cleaned cuttlefish - previously frozen is perfectly fine. Get the pasta boiling and start with a sofrito base; saute squid or cuttlefish in the base; add squid ink and a broth (I'm using clam juice, seafood stock or even vegetable broth would work just as well)

A sofrito is a blend of aromatics, I would say the only essential component here is olive oil, garlic, and onions. You can dial back the tomatoes and pepper if you're not a big fan of sweet and spicy, or if you have an empty pantry. (Tomato pas…