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Onion Soup with Cider and Cheddar Gratin from Cold-Weather Cooking by Sarah Leah Chase

Suzen and I were delighted to see that Cold-Weather Cooking by Sarah Leah Chase has been republished by Workman just last September. We love Sarah’s books and Cold-Weather Cooking is filled with solutions to a problem Suzie and I face today: the chill factor outside our Manhattan apartment is 16 below. We are leaving for…

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Twice Baked Potatoes with Caviar

This year’s Valentine’s Day feast at Cooking by the Book featured duck breast: http://www.cookingbythebook.com/recipes/16580/ The richness of that duck demands that the side dishes rise above the norm. “Side dish” can almost be a pejorative term, which is tragic. A side dish needs to sparkle. It’s the chrome on the car of your main dish.…

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Seared Duck Breast Glazed with Roasted Garlic, Pomegranate Molasses, Ginger and Armagnac

One you have tasted duck prepared perfectly, you will be addicted. No, it does not taste like chicken. There are two tricks to duck. First cooking it properly, and the directions below guide you there. Second, you to adorn the duck with a sauce that simultaneously complement and intensify the flavor experience. Duck flavor is…

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Vegetable Crostata with Honey-Thyme Glaze

This year’s Valentine’s Day feast at Cooking by the Book featured duck breast — yes, that recipe will appear tomorrow. Now, duck is a little tricky. There’s the fat and how to cook it without generating duck leather. And with its own intense flavor, you have to wonder what to pair duck with. Working with…

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