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Spicy nuts, a Christmas gift or appetizer

SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE

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It is the attention to detail.  The little extra that pushes something over the top that take it from very good to extraordinary.    And when that extraordinary itself is truly magnificent you have pure gold. During our restaurant years every … Continue reading

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THE TOP BANANA CAKE . . . a delicious doodle to make!

Cakes lavished with icing appear to be attending a party.    They sashay onto your plate with a come-hither look, and you swoon with delight.  There’s banana muffins. There’s banana loaf.  But the top banana is this old-fashioned banana cake by … Continue reading

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THE MAGIC OF SUN DRIED TOMATOES . . . preserving the magic of summer all winter long

Through the halcyon days of summer I plundered the garden for the fattest, juiciest,  reddest of red tomatoes.  The days shortened.  Marine fog drifted across the fields poking destructive fingers into the garden.    Time to harvest the tomatoes, ripe … Continue reading

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CRANBERRY, APPLE AND WALNUT CAKE

This is one of those desserts masquerading as something it is not.   It’s baked in a pie plate.  It looks like a pie.   But it is a delicious,  easy peasy cake.    The inspiration comes from  Ina Garten of Barefoot Contessa … Continue reading

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AMARETTI COOKIES . . .

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An Amaretti cookie is a cookie with attitude.    It is an elegant bite of crunchy, chewy wonderfulness,   heady with the perfume of almonds,  perfect with exactly the right amount of sweetness. Amaretti cookies are definitely not your common, home-baked … Continue reading

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DECADENT DATE SQUARES … aka MATRIMONIAL SQUARES

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I will never forget the first time I tasted date squares.  I was still in public school.    My best friend’s Mom was an excellent cook and baker.   One day after-school she served us a treat that  had me over the … Continue reading

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CHICKEN LIVER PATE WITH FRESH HERBS

You know when Edith Piaf is singing in your kitchen something wonderful will be cooking on the stove.  But first you must wander  into the garden and snip a basket of fresh herbs … some sage, a little marjoram and … Continue reading

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FLEUR DE SEL DOUBLE CHOCOLATE COOKIES

This is a cookie recipe that goes together rather quickly.  It is very important that your butter is quite soft and that you whip the butter and sugar until it is very well combined and light and fluffy. Choose a … Continue reading

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FRENCH LEMON TART

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This traditional dough recipe for French tart is not difficult to make.  You must use a stand-mixer.  A hand-held mixer is not heavy enough to mix the dough.  The buttery dough makes a  delicate,crisp cookie-like crust.   The recipe makes enough … Continue reading

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PANETTONE…CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST BREAD

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I have been making this Panettone recipe every Christmas for more than thirty years.  Our son would not consider it Christmas unless this gorgeous bread appeared on the breakfast table December 25th. Panettone is an Italian sweet bread that originated … Continue reading

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