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Homemade Vanilla Wafers – Recipe

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These homemade vanilla wafers, courtesy of my friend Nick at ChefSteps, might not look like the Nabisco variety, but with a ton of vanilla bean seeds, they taste about 1000x better. Click through below for the full recipe.

Vanilla Wafers

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Herbivoracious Dinner Party #1

Buckwheat blini with creme fraiche, asparagus caviar, and black salt

Last Sunday was my first “popup” dinner party – a chance to bring together a group of friends who love food, to give me a chance to test dishes and practice this kind of service. I plan to do more of them in the future for …

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Roasted Pumpkin Ice Cream – Recipe

Roasted Pumpkin Ice Cream

The ultimate plan for this roasted pumpkin ice cream is a plated dessert with grilled mochi, miso butterscotch, and a black sesame crumble; I haven’t finished the other components yet, but thought I would go ahead and share the ice cream recipe with you. Because it is intended for a dessert with Japanese flavors, I …

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Italian Plum Upside Down Cake – Recipe

Italian Plum Upside-Down Cake

I‘m a an absolute sucker for Italian plums, to the point of being a bit heartbroken that my incredibly generous neighbors’ tree seems not to have fruited this year. Picking them warm off her tree is a highlight of late summer around here. So I was happy as could be when, on vacation, I found …

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Saffron-Date Posset – A Dessert You Should Know – Recipe

Date Posset

One of the many great things about working at ChefSteps is that at any given moment, amazingly delicious things are subject to appear on top of the staff-food fridge, which means “come ‘n get it.” A few weeks ago, Grant or Ben or Nick, I’m not sure, put up posset.

Poss-what? Believe me, I had to …

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Strawberries and Cream Birthday Cake, Momofuku Milk Bar Style

Strawberry Birthday Cake, Momofuku Milk Bar Style

No, this isn’t a miniature cake. It is actually 6 inches in diameter, and, I don’t know, 6 inches tall and serves 8 pretty handily.

I’m a pretty lousy pastry cook. I typically don’t have the patience or skills to create perfect geometric shapes, frost things just right and so-on. So when I got the Momofuku …

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Caramelized Banana and Buttermilk Panna Cotta – Vegetarian Panna Cotta Recipe

Banana Buttermilk Panna Cotta (unmolded)

Panna cotta is a classic Italian dessert, traditionally made from cream and milk set with gelatin, which isn’t vegetarian. The gelatin is what makes it different from flan (set with eggs) or pudding (set with starch and sometimes eggs). The best panna cotta is ultra-creamy and just barely set – it should have a distinct …

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