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Biscotti Book

Biscotti: Recipes From The Kitchen of the American Academy in Rome, The Rome Sustainable Food Project plus a recipe for Biscotti Regina


Published on October 21, 2010
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Baked: Explorations

Baked Explorations at Texas Book Festival


Published on October 17, 2010
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fudge pie

Now about this pie, it was created by Laure Charkowsky of Cranfod, NJ and it won first place the the Farmer’s Almanac contest of 1994. I chose the recipe because yesterday seemed like a chocolate pie kind of day (although the almanac said it was an “end projects” and “have dental care” kind of day) and I liked the fact this was the kind of pie you bake rather than a custard style stir-over-the-stove type chocolate pie. The texture was interesting, too. Rather than a smooth, pudding-like filling, the filling was like soft fudge. The light whipped cream balances out the heavy fudge filling and those two things, plus the crust, make for an interesting combination of textures. For the crust you can use a plain pastry crust or a graham cracker crust. Also, the original recipe is for a 10 inch pie plate, but I used a 9 inch deep dish and it worked just fine — though I did leave behind a tiny bit of filling. I also used half of the amount of cream called for, piled the cream in the middle, and left the perimeter of the pie “blank”.


Published on October 7, 2010
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Perfect Recipe Baking Book — Murray Jaffe’s Perfect Brownies


Published on October 5, 2010
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Cookie Swap

If you’re thinking about hosting a cookie swap or just looking for tips on how to do it better, Workman has a new book out which I heartily recommend – Cookie Swap!, but Lauren Chattman


Published on October 4, 2010
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Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake with Coffee Frosting


Published on September 21, 2010
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Torta di Mele

A few weeks ago I discovered a cookbook author named Mary Ann Esposito. With 7 cookbooks, 20 years of writing about Italy and 14 seasons hosting a TV show called Ciao Italia, you’d think I would have heard of her, but her books are new to me and I am now happily looking forward to […]


Published on September 20, 2010
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A few months ago I bought The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook: Recipes from the World-Famous Bakery and Allysa Torey’s Home Kitchen. There were so many good recipes, it took me weeks just to settle on something. That someting turned out to be the coconut cake, which is one of Todd’s favorite desserts.  Like a lot of […]


Published on March 29, 2010