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Cookbook Review: Wintersweet by Tammy Donroe Inman

“Can you get us pears?” I asked Suzen. “Of course, they are in season,” “I know,” I said. I did not say it well. Bad tone. “What’s wrong?” she came into my office from hers. “Nothing,” I said. “I just have this great recipe: Honey Roasted Pears with Blue Cheese and Walnuts.” “Sounds great. Can…

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Melt-y Chocolate –Truffle Cookies from Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson

That top picture explains why Suzen and I will not be dining on the deck today. We could attempt an igloo, of course, and “eat in” or “eat under” the snow, but we are reluctant to attempt that. Can you make an igloo from snow? Do we need ice? We are just not prepared here.…

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Green Beans with Roasted Chestnut Vinaigrette

This year’s Valentine’s Day feast at Cooking by the Book featured duck breast: http://www.cookingbythebook.com/recipes/16580/ To complement the duck, we served twice-baked potatoes with caviar and these green beans. Green bean flavor is not quite harsh but surely intense. To create a dish that has a wider flavor profile, that is a side dish to capture…

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Onion Soup with Cider and Cheddar Gratin from Cold-Weather Cooking by Sarah Leah Chase

Suzen and I were delighted to see that Cold-Weather Cooking by Sarah Leah Chase has been republished by Workman just last September. We love Sarah’s books and Cold-Weather Cooking is filled with solutions to a problem Suzie and I face today: the chill factor outside our Manhattan apartment is 16 below. We are leaving for…

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