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Cookbook Review: The Great Book of Salsa by Mark Miller

  You’ll recognize this book, the style of this book, by its cover. You’ll recognize the author, Southwestern food guru Mark Miller. You are now in a solid position to judge this book and the judgment will surely be positive. The Great series from Chartwell Books are spiral bound books, tall and thin. One or…

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Turkey Stock for Gravy with Giblets

Early in the morning of Thanksgiving Day, across America, a scene if often played out. A wife is exasperated, and a little worried. A husband tasked to the rescue. Tools are employed. A screwdriver. A chisel. Some wide-necked pliers. Husband and wife begin to understand how very difficult is the life of a surgeon working…

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Maple-Glazed Apple and Sweet Potato Gratin

Ah, here’s that sweet potato again. And again, the question is simple: how to transform this beast into something delectable. In The Thanksgiving Table, Diane Morgan has fun with both sweet potatoes and words. She calls this dish a gratin, but do not worry about the cheese calories: no cheese here. Instead, this is dish…

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Cookbook Review: The Cornbread Book

Jeremy Jackson has, to my knowledge, written only two cookbooks: Desserts That Have Killed Better Men Than Me [2004] and The Cornbread Book [2003]. I haven’t seen that Dessert book, yet, but I have The Cornbread Book and it’s what you might call a tidy little gem. At just over a 100 pages, there is…

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Maple Spice Cookies from Ken Haedrich

“Delicious,” Suzen said. Coming from my wife, on a scale of 1 to 10, that’s an 11. To my shock, she reached for another. Now we are up to a 12, an appropriate number actually for baked goods. You see, Suzen does not like cookies. At all. If we sat down with a plate of…

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Cookbook Review: Extreme Brownies by Connie Weiss

“Another brownie book?” Suzen asked and she was not happy. We do have whole shelf of brownie books in New York City. And another upstate. “It’s not a brownie book,” I answered. I had to be careful not to sound defensive. Blood in the water. Shark circling. “Brian, read the title,” she said. Hands on…

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