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Black Sesame and Lime Cake from The Cardamom Trail by Chetna Makan

Sometimes you see a picture in a cookbook, and you know right then you have to make it. So the top picture here is from The Cardamom Trail by Chetna Makan. She started life in India but ended up a finalist on cooking shows in England. She always loved baking and she grew up with…

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Cake of Parsnip, Apple, Pecan and Maple Syrup from Big Flavors from a Small Kitchen

Yes, parsnips for dessert. I’m fine. Really. No need to adjust my meds. Taste buds are fine. I’m looking forward to spring. But in the lingering days of winter, there is the possibility here to do wonderful things with interesting foods. Have you ever in your life eaten a parsnip? In a soup? As part…

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Pear and Cardamom Caramel Upside-Down Cake from The Cardamom Trail

When you open the pages of a new cookbook, that first recipe can make an important statement. That certainly happens in The Cardamom Trail by Chetna Makan. This upside-down cake is a beauty to behold, exotically rich to the eye and surely to the palate. I happen to be a sucker for upside-down cakes. I’m…

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Cinnamon Swirl Buttermilk Pound Cake with Orange Zest from Tish Boyle

Everyone seems to love pound cake. When there is a secret player of cinnamon streusel, the love only deepens. You will know this cake is perfect long before you bake it. How? Just taste the batter. In Step 4, author Tish Boyle of The Cake Book has you beat sugar and butter for an extended…

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