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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: Gougères – Cheesy Puffs of Goodness with Blue Cheese and Rosemary

Gougères with Blue Cheese and Rosemary

Goo what? Gougères, pronounced "goo-zherz". You make a simple choux paste (aka ) dough, mix in some cheese, and bake them. There is no chemical or yeast leavening, they rise from steam and the structure created from gluten and eggs. The same dough (minus the cheese) is used to make …

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Recipe: Pappardelle With Cauliflower and Zucchini

Pappardelle With Cauliflower and Zucchini

I find it fascinating how different types of Italian pasta seem to want different sauces. I don’t know how much of that is from their inherent properties or just repetitive association. I guess that is a nature vs. nurture question. Were these noodles born loving butter or did their momma teach …

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Vietnamese Cabbage, Tofu and Herb Salad – Gói Bắp Cải Dậu Phụ – Recipe

Vietnamese Cabbage and Herb Salad - Recipe

Have you ever had the experience of eating a dish once and finding it burning into your brain? As if there was a reserved area, a certain of neurons just waiting to be inscribed with this new combination of flavors? That’s how I felt when I first tried this salad at Eric Banh’s Ba …

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Recipe: Polenta With Asparagus And Olives

Polenta With Asparagus And Olives

This is a quick and easy meal you can throw together in 20 minutes if you have the ingredients in your pantry. The key is to use a polenta that is quick-cooking but not instant. The instant stuff has been parboiled and doesn’t taste too great.

My favorite is an organic …

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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: Panko-Crusted Egg With Cherry Smoked Asparagus, Smoked Paprika, And Sherry Gastrique

Panko-Crusted Egg With Cherry Smoked Asparagus, Smoked Paprika, And Sherry Gastrique

This was the third course for my recent “underground” dinner party, and definitely my favorite. The panko-crusted egg was a late-night inspiration. I’ve been on a hunt for new ways to add crispy textures in unexpected places. The crunchy panko makes a really cool counterpoint …

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