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Strawberry Balsamic Upside Down Cake

The berries are here. Wonderful luscious strawberries — and blackberries and blueberries, too. But today is a strawberry day. The combination of strawberries and balsamic vinegar is iconic. And popular. Just google “balsamic vinegar and strawberries” and you’ll see there are 613,000 results. Somewhere in that stack of ideas and recipes there surely is something…

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Chocolate Nutmeg Cupcakes & Glossy Coffee Frosting

“We’re making this,” Suzen announced. We had a family dinner to attend and, as usual, our contribution was dessert. I had a Roasted Banana Bread Pudding in mind, because I always bring chocolate and I was feeling guilty about that “always” stuff. Time for something new. So what does my not-so-fond-of-desserts wife hone in on?…

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Irena’s Hollywood Brownies from Best-Ever Brownies

“I need a brownie recipe. For the bake sale.” Suzen was not yet frustrated, but she was getting there. A few times each semester, the wonderful kids from the Culinary Club at Hunter High School for Mathematics and Science in New York City come to Cooking by the Book for a few hours of dedicated…

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Cast-Iron Apple Cake with Maple Brown Butter from Wintersweet by Tammy Donroe Inman

This past Monday I reviewed the book Bittersweet, a volume dedicated to winter desserts using “in-season” fruits, like those fall apples that have been gently stored and allowed to intensify in flavor. This Sunday it is again still winter, again still bitterly cold. And again, we could benefit from a hearty dessert. Here’s a perfect…

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