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Cookbook Review: The Language of Food by Dan Jurafsky

Are you a foodie? A sometimes baffled foodie? Like, why are some macaroons made with coconut and others are sandwich cookies made with almonds? And what do either of these things have to do with macaroni? Obviously nothing. Well, actually, you have food cousins there, as strange as that might seem The Language of Food…

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Cinnamon Sugar Roll Cookies

    Fans of this blog know that I have a favorite cookie: the Maxine, a refrigerator cookie with a chocolate-nut center wrapped in a dough, sliced and baked. I’ve made it for Christmas for over 30 years. Suzen and I no longer have a tree every year, but we do have this cookie. Here…

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Cookbook Review: The Essential Bar Book by Jennifer Fiedler

This petite volume describes itself as “An A-to-Z Guide to Spirits, Cocktails, and Wine with 115 Recipes for the World’s Great Drinks.” And in 330 pages author Jennifer Fiedler delivers on every part of that description. Suzen and I collect bar books, always looking for new beverage variations and more cocktail history. Mankind has expended…

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Potato Puree from The A.O.C. Cookbook

This post is going up on Christmas Eve. You have a big decision to make, perhaps the biggest culinary decision of the year. On Christmas Day, what direction will you take with the mashed potatoes? Over the years, I have posted decadent mashed potato recipes here. Lately I have offered some healthy ones: low fat…

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