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Potato, Bacon, Cheese, and Wine Casserole from French Comfort Food by Hillary Davis

Author Hillary Davis of French Comfort Food has assembled just the grandest collection of comfort food ideas. This recipe, from the Haute-Savoie Region of the French Alps, is her proposal for wintery nights. I made this dish and I think wintry nights would be improved with these potatoes on the table. So are autumn and…

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Crispy Cinnamon Walnut Chocolate Palmiers from French Comfort Food by Hillary Davis

Author Hillary Davis of French Comfort Food is very fond of puff pastry. Good quality puff pastry, like Dufours, can be stashed in your home freezer for those times where you need quality and quickness. I don’t know of anyone who is not instantly addicted to the classic French palmiers — aka Elephant Ears. Crunchy…

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Hot Mango Muddle Cocktail

We were just in the market and I told my wife, “I need a fresh peach.” My wife is pleasant and understanding but can at times be overwhelmed by my requests, my senseless requests. “Brian, it is January. There are no fresh peaches.” “Okay, a nectarine,” I accepted fate. She signed and pushed the care…

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Banana Tart Tatin

Winter is now upon us. Meals need to be warm and hearty and they must, simply must conclude with dessert. How about a tart tatin? Oh, if I say “tart tatin” possibly apples spring into mind. Perhaps a whiff of cinnamon. Probably not caramel and surely not bananas. How can you make a tart tatin with…

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