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Brian’s Agave Citrus Gold

Ounce for ounce, agave is about 1.5 times sweeter than sugar. But agave comes with other more important benefits: color, liquidity, and viscosity. It’s a powerful tool for the home bartender. As a substitute for simple syrup, it gives you that deep color, a texture that is so noticable, and a flavor suggesting whiffs of…

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Spring and Summer Roasted Vegetables

This recipe evolved naturally at Cooking by the Book. Suzen holds hands-on cooking classes for corporations, and private parties, several times a week. With dozens of people enjoying our kitchen, she orders food by the crate. Towards the end of the week, the refrigerator begins to burst with leftovers. Some are used in stock making, but…

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Mothers’ Day Cocktail: Mexico 70

Mothers’ Day is tomorrow. When you bring her breakfast in bed, or serve her brunch, or offer that dinner you and the kids made, well, what is she going to drink? Something different. Something special. She deserves no less. She deserves a Mexico 70. I look forward each year to the publication of the Food…

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