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Cookbook Review: Dominique Ansel, The Secret Recipe

This is the book. The book to buy for yourself, to give to friends, to read, to study, and most certainly to bake from. It’s a great book filled with exceptional recipes and solid explanations for why you do what you do. Big, long explanations. I have a condition, not life-threatening, but persistent and incurable.…

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The Perfect Pecan Pie from Ken Haedrich

  Thanksgiving dinner demands pumpkin pie, of course. Of course, unless you live Down South and then the tradition is pecan. Ah, people may shy from making a second pecan pie in their lifetime. That filling can prove to be runny, too sweet, or even tough. I have had pecan pies that made me think of…

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TBT Cookbook Review: Maple Syrup Cookbook by Ken Haedrich

  Some things are better done young. Really young. Trying to learn a language after you are about fifteen can be a struggle. A five year old can learn a new tongue in a flash, seemingly without effort. To be fifteen and already “old” in some sense is disheartening. The same with food. In France,…

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Maple-Glazed Roast Turkey with Applejack Giblet Gravy from Diane Morgan

Thanksgiving is just two weeks away. Time to consider the bird. How will you cook it? Same as every year? I’m sure your turkey last year was grand and it will be grand again. But, that bird can be grander. Author Diane Morgan, in The New Thanksgiving Table, describes this particular turkey version as burnished…

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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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