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Best Dinner Rolls for Thanksgiving: White Bread 101

“Rolls?” I smiled. Hopefully. Pleadingly. “Yes,” Suzen said. “Not for you,” she emphasized. “But, but, I want rolls. Comfort food.” “These are for Rian. For his dinner party.” Suzen apparently had contracted her services out. “Oh,” I said with a long face. The aromatic gems were just out of the oven and they smelled so…

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Challah from Sarabeth’s

When I started baking bread, Brian asked me about his childhood favorite. “It was long. And twisted. And eggy.” “Challah!” I said. “No, the Swedes called it Egg Twist Bread.” “It’s called challah, you’re getting challah,” I said. It wasn’t his fault. He grew up in Oregon which was, and still may be, ethnically deprived.…

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Grilled Lebanese Bread from Mark Bittman

It’s not out of spite but Suzen and I have some culinary rules of engagement. You probably do, too. We love food and we eat everything, but we have a definite pattern of what we cook at home and what we eat only at restaurants. Home is naturally American plus Mexican, some French and Italian.…

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Sourdough Bread from Crust with Parmesan

March has traditionally been a slow month for me at Cooking by the Book.  Exhausted by winter, people are anxious for spring, checking flower beds for just one green shoot poking through all that white stuff on top. Several years ago I had the March-nudgies and I was driving my staff crazy.  They said, “Go,”…

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