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Recipe: Pie Dough and Ganache Cookie Towers

Let’s consider the problem:

I have a bit of leftover flaky pie crust dough
I really want something chocolatey, but quick
I’m obsessed with circle cutters

Solution:

The cookies above. Recipe: Cut out pie dough with a successive series of cutters, starting at maybe 2.5 inches down to the smallest size you have. Bake til golden brown. Heat up a …

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Jewish Christmas Tamales

The Christmas season is a funny time of year for us Jews. Hannukah was a couple of weeks ago, so now while everyone who is Christian is running around buying last minute gifts and then settling in for family visits, we’re mostly chilling at home and trying to figure out how we can survive without …

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You Have Mousse In Your Freezer (I Think)

What if I were to tell you that you have chocolate mousse in your freezer this very instant? Am I psychic? Did I break in to your house and anti-burgle a delicious dessert as a complimentary gift for visiting my blog?

Nope, I’m talking about ice cream. I was recently struck by the idea that the …

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On The Mathematics of Bran Muffins

A truism that I hear repeated frequently that cooking is an art, while baking is more of a science which requires accuracy and following recipes to the letter. I don’t think that is necessarily true, I certainly improvise changes to baking recipes frequently and usually with good results. But I think there is an underlying …

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Caramelized Pear “Cupcakes” With Blue Cheese Frosting

I was on my way out the door to work the other day and for some reason I said to Snacky Pants, "what would go with Blue Cheese Frosting?", and she gamely replied "pears of course". And then I was thinking of a great post (that I can’t seem to find) that Dana had over …

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Dragonfruit, Dragon Fruit, Is That A Pitaya In Your Pocket?

… or are you just glad to see me? I’m glad to have made the acquaintance of this tropical fruit, known also as a Strawberry Pear, Nanettikafruit, Thanh Long, as well as the more common names of Dragonfruit (or Dragon Fruit), and Pitaya. Apparently it comes in several varieties and can be grown in many …

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Making Mozarella at Home

I’ve made ricotta and yogurt cheese a few times at home, but I’ve never tried to do anything that involved (vegetable) rennet before. I had read that mozzarella was fairly tractable, so I figured I’d give it a shot. Casting about google for recipes turned up New England Cheesemaking Supply which sells rennet, citric acid …

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