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Nectarine and Blueberry Tart – Why I Am Not A Pastry Chef

Nectarine and Blueberry Tart

I made this tart with the idea that I’d write a post about how simple it is to make this beautiful and delicious dessert. It is, though it does take a bit of time. Just look up a recipe for a pâte sablée dough and pastry cream, use perfectly ripe fruit and …

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Blueberry Napoleon with Crème Fraîche and Raspberry Powder

Blueberry Napoleon with crème fraîche and Raspberry Powder

I didn’t make this to be a Fourth of July dessert, but I realized afterwards that it bears some kind of metaphoric resemblance to an American flag, except that the stars are blue.

I made some rectangles out of a pastry dough, and layered them with Crème …

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Recipe: Veggie Chili Beans with Cornbread Dumplings

Veggie Chili Beans with Cornbread Dumplings

Sarina likes what I cook at home, but sometimes she wishes I'd make more comfort food. I'm admittedly an oddball; comfort food for me ranges from Waffle House hash browns (scattered, smothered, and covered please) to idli with sambar and everything in between. But I know what she means, and …

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Spectacular Chocolate and Espresso Brownies – Recipes

Brownies of course are one of those topics that cleave the population along multiple dimensions. Cakey or fudgy? Love the middle or the edges? Celtics or Lakers? Nuts or no nuts?

For me, I like more of a cakey brownie, but it has to be very moist and dense cake. Middle. Celtics!!! I like nuts, but …

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Recipe: Chewy Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes in life you just want a big, warm plate of chocolate-chip cookies, and sometimes you want oatmeal chocolate-chip. At least that’s what Sarina and her Mom tell me :).

I started with  this recipe from Panthera and applied my usual cookie tweaks (more salt, more chocolate, chill the dough) with good results. I …

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Recipe: Atayef – Syrian Ricotta-Filled Dessert Pancakes

Atayef – Syrian Ricotta-Filled Dessert Pancakes

I took one look at the picture of these in Poopa Dweck’s spectacular cookbook, Aromas of Aleppo, The Legendary Cuisine of Syrian Jews and knew imediately that I had to make them. I served them at a recent Men Cook event for dessert, after a meal that also included …

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Recipe: Valentine’s Day Crepes with Chocolate Ganache And Raspberry Compote

Valentine’s Day Crepes with Chocolate Ganache And Raspberry Compote

This is the first of several posts of the dishes I did for the men’s cooking group of Kavana, a cooperative Jewish organization that we have been involved with recently. Eric L., the creator of CellarTracker.com normally leads the group, but he’s down with …

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