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Chocolate-Chunk Bread Pudding – Recipe

Chocolate Chunk Bread Pudding

I love to make sweet bread puddings with leftover challah or brioche, because they are already rich. Today’s version is filled with molten chunks of bittersweet chocolate. Let’s just say I find myself eating less challah on Friday night because I’m hoping there will be enough left to make this for dessert the next day.

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My Spuddy Valentine

My Spuddy Valentine

Apparently Cafe Flora has a knack for romantic vegetables. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Joey found this russet that is all heart. Sadly, right after the photo op, it ended up as a mashed potato. But as we say in the kitchen, it ain’t the heat, it’s the cupidity.

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Burnt Sugar Flan (aka Creme Caramel) – Recipe

Flan, aka Creme Caramel, with Burnt Sugar

I've never made flan before, so I had a bit of trepidation when my sister-in-law requested it for her birthday dinner. I knew I could count on Mr. Bayless's classic to send me down the right path, and the trust was well deserved. I opted to raise the degree …

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Heirloom Tomato Tart – Recipe

Heirloom Tomato Tart

While we are on a roll with the pastry crusts, let's not forget the wonderful savory possibilities! For this one I used the exact same crust as last week's crostata, but baked it in a tart pan and filled it with a tasty aged provolone, Purple Cherokee and Sungold tomatoes and basil.

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Rustic Peach and Nectarine Crostata – Recipe

Peach and Nectarine Crostata

Crostata: pie without the fuss. With a pie (or tart), it can be hard to make one as pretty as the picture I have in my mind, either cooling on Grandma's window sill or on the cover of Gourmet. Crostata takes my inability to make a precise pie and makes a rustic …

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Whopper Cake – Book Review Plus Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

They had me at "traumatize". Whopper Cake, by Karma Wilson and Will Hillenbrand, is a great children's book. The story is of a Grandpa who wants to make a cake for his wife, but has a little bit of trouble following the recipe. It is just too tempting for him to scale it up a …

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp with a Pumpkin Seed Topping – Recipe

Who doesn't love a good fruit crisp? They are a great way to use up excesses of seasonal fruits, and you can make the topping so easily that there is no need to wait for a special occasion. Strawberry + rhubarb is a great combination for this time of year, as the rhubarb is getting …

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