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Sephardic Bikur Holim Bazaar – A Delicious Link to the Past

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I‘m Jewish, from the Ashkenazi tradition – the group you probably associate with Judaism, emanating from Eastern Europe. When you think of bagels and latkes and schmalz, you are thinking of Ashkenazi. The other major group of jews, called Sephardic, are from Southern Europe and North Africa. As I’ve mentioned before, I had the great …

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Crepes with Sage-Roasted French Plums, Yogurt and Honey

Crepes with Sage Roasted Plums and Yogurt

Julia Child’s 100th birthday is coming up on 8/15/12, and PBS has been doing this very fun #cookforjulia event to commemorate her. When they asked me to contribute a recipe, I knew right away that I wanted to do something with crepes. Julia and I go back a long way. I only have two cookbooks from my …

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Basic Baked Custard Recipe – An Easy, Comforting Dessert with Many Options

Basic Baked Custard

A simple custard, baked in ramekins, is one of those recipes that every cook should have in their arsenal. It isn’t at all hard to make, but there are a few ways you can go wrong that leave you with grainy bowls of scrambled eggs instead of the silky-smooth result you are looking for. Follow the …

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Butterscotch Pudding with Bittersweet Ganache and Caramelized White Chocolate Crispies – Recipe

Butterscotch Pudding with Chocolate Ganache and Caramelized White Chocolate Crispies

Okay, I’m not going to kid you. This pudding is over the top, and it is also a significant amount of work and mess if you make all 3 components. It is also ridiculously delicious. If you want to simplify it, you could skip the crispies or not caramelize the white chocolate used to make …

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Blueberry Buckle – Video Recipe

Raspberry Blueberry Buckle

I‘ve written about buckles a couple of times in this space: the original raspberry-blueberry buckle that got me started making them, and a peach and sour cream variation that I made on vacation in hot, hot eastern Washington last summer when I was apparently feeling poetic.

The beauty of buckles and all of the other rustic …

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Polenta With Sauteed Chard and Gorgonzola

As fall closes in on winter, the cold weather greens and warm, filling grains figure more in our cooking. A lazy weekend day meant I had time to make polenta the slow way instead of using the quick cooking (but not instant) de La Estancia brand. I followed Marcella Hazan's "no-stir" method, which really isn't …

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Maple Pudding with Spiced Pecans – Video Recipe

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I‘m a big fan of making pudding at home. It really is only slightly more work than using the stuff from a box, and you are rewarded with a wider choice in flavors and the ability to use higher quality ingredients. This maple-flavored version is a nice change of pace, and you can make the …

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