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Extreme Brownies

Today’s recipe is from Extreme Brownies: 50 Recipes for the Most Over-the-Top Treats Ever by Connie Weiss. Weiss, a pastry chef who sells her sweet treats at the Old Beach Farmers’ Market in Virginia Beach, knows a thing or two about brownies and shares recipes that live up to the book’s title. These deeply chocolate […]


Published on September 12, 2014
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Come Early Stay Late Olive Brittle

by on April 7, 2014 · 6 comments

Olive Brittle

Today’s recipe is from Come Early Stay Late by chef Brian Malarkey. You may recognize him from Top Chef Miami, but in San Diego he’s a celebrity chef  and creative force behind restaurants Searsucker, Burlap, Gingham, Gabardine and Herringbone. This book is an account of his journey and a collection of recipes from the restaurants. […]


Published on April 7, 2014
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Vegan Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve eaten my share of delicious vegan cookies, but last week I baked a batch that just might have been the best ever! The cookies, which are dramatically large and perfect for bake sales, are from a book called Whole Grain Vegan Baking by Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes.  It’s a recipe treasure trove for […]


Published on May 13, 2013
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Make the Bread, Buy the Butter

I have a long list of favorite granola recipes and recently added one more.  It’s from Jennifer Reese’s book, Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should (and Shouldn’t!) Cook from Scratch to Save Time and Money. For me, this book falls into the very special category of “books that get lost between the […]


Published on December 10, 2012
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Red Velvet Cake

America’s Test Kitchen just released The Complete Cook’s Country TV Show Cookbook, and in my opinion it may be their best cookbook yet.  With recipes, tastings and product tests from all five seasons of the Cook’s Country TV show, the book is packed with great recipes, conversational, and easy to follow. The America’s Test Kitchen […]


Published on September 10, 2012
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Ultimate Cookies

by on October 21, 2011 · 5 comments

Ultimate Cookie Book

Have you ever acquired a decorating book with projects so fancy you looked through it once, then set it quietly on the aspirational shelf? If the scene sounds familiar, but you still want to decorate like a pro, Julia M. Usher’s Ultimate Cookies may make all your cookie decorating dreams come true. This really is […]


Published on October 21, 2011
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One Sweet Cookie — Thumbs Up!

by on October 11, 2011 · 4 comments

One Sweet Cookie

As a recipe collector who’s been known to bake cookies from time to time,  Tracey Zabar has made my cookbook dreams come true.   One Sweet Cookie: Celebrated Chefs Share Favorite Recipes, is one sweet read and a must for your own personal collection. This book is special, and if you are a true cookie lover […]


Published on October 11, 2011
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Lazy Gourmet

This recipe was last night’s dinner. I’m kicking myself for not taking a photo, but will add one next time. Maybe it stems from her French culinary training, but some of Marjorie’s sauces use a lot of butter. The thing with sauces is you can use as much as you want and I’ve found I’d rather make a sauce with lots of flavor-carrying fat and use a little of it then make a sauce that has half the butter and use twice as much. Not that it’s the case with every lightened recipe because there are plenty of good ones, but this recipe isn’t that rich if you just use a little bit of the sauce and ignore the part about using bread to soak up the rest. I left a lot of sauce in the pan.


Published on January 10, 2011