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Concord Grape Simple Syrup ala 2016

Four years ago I posted a recipe for simple syrup made with Concord grapes. Concord grapes come only in the fall and they cannot be forgotten. They are the definitive sweet grape flavor. They also have skins you could make a tire from. The original recipe is repeated below but I have a new one…

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Grilled Sweet Potatoes and Leeks with Mint, Orange and Olive Vinaigrette from Diane Kochilas

  Diane Kochilas has written many award-winning cookbooks including Mediterranean Grilling in 2007. It’s a great book because it gives you new perspective on old friends. For example, the sweet potato. I know, it is almost fall, and we are already thinking ahead to holiday meal. We gather with friends and family and there is…

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Crab, Saffron and Gruyere Tart from Make Mine a Martini

  In Make Mine a Martini, author Kay Plunkett-Hogge presents this an array of cocktails for you to consider, not just a wonderful martini. There are classics here and some new ones, like The Fine & Dandy, a combo of lemon juice, Cointreau and gin. But this book is really more: a cocktail party book…

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Maple Pinwheel Biscuits from Biscuit Bliss by James Villas

  In Biscuit Bliss, James Villas suggests that your perceptions of a “simple biscuit” might be wrong. In fact, those perceptions are wrong. While a straightforward light and fluffy biscuit is sublime — with that butter and jam or honey — the fact is that biscuits can be far more complex in flavor and even…

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