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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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167. Crème Citron, Chilled Lemon-Wine Mousse with Raspberries p.840

167. Crème Citron, Chilled Lemon-Wine Mousse with Raspberries p.840

There doesn’t seem to be a recipe online for this one.
My dining companion has gone on a major citrus based dessert kick. If we’re flipping through the book talking about a menu, she’ll inevitably pick a lemon flavoured confection. The only things that can top lemons and limes in her books are rosewater and lavender [...]

22 May 2008 | Puddings, Custards, Mousses, and Souffles, The Book | 8 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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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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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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156. Dry-Cooked String Beans p.523

156. Dry-Cooked String Beans p.523

I couldn’t find a recipe for this one online.
I was in a frying mood the night I made these beans and the onion rings. The combination of a fried appetizer, and a fried main course was just a little too much. This stir fry was more than greasy enough all by itself.
In this dish trimmed [...]

9 April 2008 | The Book, Vegetables | 7 Comments
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153. Golden Cake with Chocolate-Sour Cream Frosting p.725

153. Golden Cake with Chocolate-Sour Cream Frosting p.725

The recipe
This cake and its frosting are separate recipes, so I’ll only be tackling the cake in this post. That’s fine by me. I’m sure I’ve mentioned that I’m not really a frosting person. For me, the icing is just getting in the way of the cake. There are icings I like more (buttercream) and [...]

3 April 2008 | Cakes, The Book | 5 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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148. Grasshopper Pie p.772

148. Grasshopper Pie p.772

The recipe
Grasshopper pie was one of the great frustrations of my childhood. It’s a hypnotically enticing green, it’s named after an insect, and it has cookie crumbs in the crust, this is obviously the perfect pie for an eight year old boy. Unfortunately it’s boozy enough to light with a match. My Papa had a [...]

28 February 2008 | Pies, Tarts, and Pastries, The Book | 5 Comments
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