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177. Baked French Toast p.650

177. Baked French Toast p.650

The recipe
The blurb for this recipe suggests that it’s an easy and fuss-free way to make French Toast. I couldn’t disagree more. This looks like a scaled down restaurant recipe to me, and what works for breakfast for hundreds doesn’t necessarily make much sense when serving six. The idea with the recipe is to make [...]

2 July 2008 | Breakfast and Brunch, The Book | 2 Comments
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174. Chocolate Sambuca Crinkle Cookies p.671

174. Chocolate Sambuca Crinkle Cookies p.671

The recipe
This is a polarizing recipe. If the thought of anise and chocolate together piques your interest, you’ll probably like these cookies. If however that sounds like the worst idea you’ve heard all day, you probably won’t. That may sound trite or obvious, but anise is like that. I don’t know anyone who is neutral [...]

18 June 2008 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 4 Comments
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172. Brown Sugar-Ginger Crisps p.665

172. Brown Sugar-Ginger Crisps p.665

The recipe
I made these cookies in the middle of a cookie-baking frenzy, I was buying ingredients for about five different types, with a couple of backup shopping lists in case I couldn’t find all the stuff for the first tier cookies. Somehow the crystallized ginger that this recipe called for never made it into the [...]

14 June 2008 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 4 Comments
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171. Mexican Tea Cakes p.673

171. Mexican Tea Cakes p.673

The recipe
While there’s nothing particularly Mexican about these tea cakes, they’re an international favorite for good reason. I’ve always heard these cookies called Russian Tea Cakes, and they mostly seem to be made by older eastern European women at bake sales and Christmas fairs. As children, these were the cookies that we ignored on the [...]

11 June 2008 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 8 Comments
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168. Cheddar Scallion Drop Biscuits p.597

168. Cheddar Scallion Drop Biscuits p.597

The recipe
The Boys were over for breakfast, and I decided to make them biscuits. One of them has been living down in the Carolinas for the last few years, and has become something of a biscuit connoisseur, so I didn’t dare try a traditional buttermilk biscuit. These are far simpler, and less error prone. It’s [...]

24 May 2008 | Breads and Crackers, The Book | 6 Comments
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166. Skillet Corn Bread p.600

166. Skillet Corn Bread p.600

The recipe in The Book is identical to this one on Epicurious, but The Book adds a tablespoon of sugar to the corn bread.
The desire to make corn bread comes in waves for me. Six months will go by, and I won’t even think of it, then I’ll get the urge, and make it three [...]

19 May 2008 | Breads and Crackers, The Book | Comments Off
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165. Chocolate Macaroons p.676

165. Chocolate Macaroons p.676

I can’t find the recipe for these online, but they’re so good I’ll retype it for you lovely people.
FOR MACAROONS
1 1/3 cups (7 ounces) skinned whole almonds
3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
7/8 cup egg whites (from 6 large eggs)
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
FOR GANACHE FILLING
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons whole [...]

17 May 2008 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 10 Comments
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164. Beef Bourguignon p.440

164. Beef Bourguignon p.440

The recipe
I grew up on boeuf bourguignon, we could be guaranteed to have it at least once a month during the winter. Since a braised dish like this is better a day or two after it’s cooked, my mom would usually make it on a Sunday, and it would sit on the chilly garage floor [...]

16 May 2008 | Beef, Veal, Pork, and Lamb, The Book | 10 Comments
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162. Onion Soup Gratinée p.114

162. Onion Soup Gratinée p.114

I can’t find a recipe for this soup online.
Typically onion soup is a socially acceptable excuse for sitting down to half a pound of melted cheese. Trying to maneuver those long strands of gooey cheese into ones mouth without getting it all over your front is a social bonding experience best shared with close friends. [...]

14 May 2008 | Soups, The Book | 5 Comments
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160. Cranberry Walnut Tart p.786

160. Cranberry Walnut Tart p.786

The recipe
Cooking is a learning process, and a lot of lessons just need to be learned the hard way. There are a host of excellent kitchen habits that food educators are desperate for us to get into, such as, reading the recipe all the way through, verifying that you have all the ingredients, doing things [...]

23 April 2008 | Pies, Tarts, and Pastries, The Book | 5 Comments
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