202. Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting p.726

202. Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting p.726

The recipe courtesy of The Ulterior Epicure
Sometimes the stars just don’t align, and the baking Gods abandon you for a day. I’ve learned a lot about cooking and baking through this project, and I’ve gotten to a point where I rarely make the boneheaded mistakes that plagued my early experiments, but there’s always room to [...]

19 January 2009 | Cakes, The Book | 27 Comments
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185. Tomato Barbecue Sauce p.479

185. Tomato Barbecue Sauce p.479

There’s no recipe for this one on Epicurious.
This barbecue sauce is meant to accompany Lillie’s North Carolina Chopped Barbecue, which we’ll get to next time. It’s apparently the style of barbecue sauce popular in Lillie’s part of North Carolina, and is best served slathered over chopped pork barbecue. It probably works well on most grilled [...]

9 August 2008 | Beef, Veal, Pork, and Lamb, The Book | 4 Comments
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176. Apple Raisin Cake p.704

176. Apple Raisin Cake p.704

The recipe
I’m really trying to work on my hosting skills these days. I love to have friends over, and I love to cook for them. Unfortunately that often means that we don’t spend a lot of time together once they arrive. I’m pretty rotten about sharing kitchen space, or involving others in the cooking process. [...]

22 June 2008 | Cakes, The Book | 4 Comments
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173. Spice Sugar Cookies p.669

173. Spice Sugar Cookies p.669

The recipe
My cookie baking bonanza got a little bit confused. I made ginger cookies that didn’t taste much like ginger, and these spice cookies, which are gingerbread in disguise. I kept mixing them up when I told people which cookies where which, it seemed pretty obvious that the crispy cookies which tasted like ginger should [...]

16 June 2008 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 2 Comments
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157. Sicilian Meatballs p.222

157. Sicilian Meatballs p.222

I can’t find a recipe for these meatballs online, but I can’t stand to think that the internet will go without it for another day.
3/4 cup fine fresh bread crumbs from Italian bread (crusts discarded)
1/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup (2 3/4 oz) whole almonds with skin, toasted
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 pound ground beef chuck
1/2 [...]

11 April 2008 | Pasta, Noodles, and Dumplings, The Book | 3 Comments
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150. Pumpkin Apple Bread p.599

150. Pumpkin Apple Bread p.599

The recipe courtesy of The Amateur Gourmet
A loaf is a dangerous thing. It hardly ever occurs to me to bake up some banana bread, or a lemon loaf. If you asked me to name my favourite desserts, no loaf would make the list. I don’t think about them, or go out of my way to [...]

12 March 2008 | Breads and Crackers, The Book | Comments Off
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128. Streusel-Sour Cream Coffee Cakes p.645

128. Streusel-Sour Cream Coffee Cakes p.645

Unfortunately there’s no recipe online.
The Book has a deep and abiding affection for streusel-toppings. I suspect that if the cooks at the Gourmet test kitchen leave their batter alone for too long, they’ll find that Ruth Reichl has snuck in and covered it in streusel. I don’t particularly have anything against streusel toppings, they add [...]

5 December 2007 | Breakfast and Brunch, The Book | 8 Comments
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110. Moroccan-Style Roast Cornish Hens with Vegetables p.392

110. Moroccan-Style Roast Cornish Hens with Vegetables p.392

The recipe
This was my first experiment with Cornish hens, and I think I’m in love. I watched an episode of Freaks and Geeks the other night. In one scene the mother roasts Cornish hens, and serves them to her skeptical family, who use the hens as puppets for a dance routine, and complain that they [...]

25 October 2007 | Poultry, The Book | 4 Comments
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84. Persian-Syle Chicken with Walnut, Onion, and Pomegranite Sauce (Fesenjan) p.372

84. Persian-Syle Chicken with Walnut, Onion, and Pomegranite Sauce (Fesenjan) p.372

No recipe for this one.
This is a quick chicken stew, made with pomegranate, onions, walnuts, cinnamon, tomato, lemon juice, and molasses. That’s a lot of big bold individualistic flavours in one dish. Apparently this dish is traditionally made with duck instead of chicken. There may have been a very good reason for that. Duck has [...]

31 August 2007 | Poultry, The Book | 8 Comments
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83. Oatmeal Cookies p.664

83. Oatmeal Cookies p.664

The recipe
People are funny about baking. Not everyone, but probably a majority of people who “don’t bake” would at least be willing to try their hand at making oatmeal cookies. When their 5 year olds help bake, they make cookies. These are the same people who will look at you funny if you tell them [...]

30 August 2007 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 1 Comment
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