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Brownie Styles: Fudgy, Chewy, and Cakey

Last week I posted a review of a brownie book, Best-Ever Brownies, and gave you a recipe for a cake brownie pictured above. If you were ever confused, because brownie texture and taste seem to vary so much, your confusion will be clarified here. Brownies come in three basic styles. The fudgy ones that seem…

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Irena’s Hollywood Brownies from Best-Ever Brownies

“I need a brownie recipe. For the bake sale.” Suzen was not yet frustrated, but she was getting there. A few times each semester, the wonderful kids from the Culinary Club at Hunter High School for Mathematics and Science in New York City come to Cooking by the Book for a few hours of dedicated…

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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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Ginger Molasses Cookies from Flour by Joanne Chang

I don’t mean to be a bad person. I’m just weak. We were in Boston and while Suzen attended a conference, I was off exploring. We have two wonderful cookbooks, Flour and Flour Too by the most talented Joanne Chang. She was in graduate school, began baking and what do you know: cookbook author, master of…

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