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Sponge Cakes and Christmas Yule Logs

My Christmas memories center around two things: the Christmas tree and the Christmas Yule Log. That chocolate sponge cake filled with whipped cream and draped in frosting was the signature point of the Christmas table. By unwritten rule, this dessert would only appear at Christmas and the Fourth of July. Delicate and chilled it offered…

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BLT with No L but Ripe A on Laminated Bread from Arcade Bakery

“We don’t have lettuce,” Suzen said. “I do have a perfect avocado,” her voice lifted. “Yes,” I answered brightly. If it is a choice between lettuce and avocado, can there be any question at all? A salad with no lettuce and only avocado might be a tad intense. But a BLT with no L but…

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TBT Cookbook Review: Cold-Weather Cooking by Sarah Leah Chase

Do you have a favorite cookbook author? Someone whose works seems marvelously clever in addition to being totally delicious? Suzen has one: Sarah Leah Chase. Sarah has written several cookbooks, including this one, Cold‑Weather Cooking from 1990. After 25 years, this book is every bit as pertinent and current as anything you’ll find in the “new”…

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Cookbook Review: The Taco Revolution by Brandon Schultz

This book may make you smile. It may make you rage a tad. It all depends on how rooted you are in following tradition. There are over 100 recipes here, described as “traditional and innovative recipes.” The traditional recipes are wonderful, ones no one can dispute. You’ll find ways to make Chili Lime Tortillas, Hot…

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