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Double Chocolate Pecan Brownies

“Dessert is up to you,” Suzen said. She was on the bus coming from New York City to the Catskills. In three hours, we were due at a dinner party. She had promised that we would bring dessert. On this particular bus line, they frown on people spending too much time on their cell phones,…

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James Peterson’s Compromise Brownies

With our economy struggling and Congress bickering, it seems impossible to get people to compromise. About anything. For example, there are those who devoted to having their brownies cakelike. And, equally, some people will fight to defend their rights to a fudgy brownie. If you are baking brownies for a party, and you bring only…

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9/11: Then and Since

Cooking by the Book is located at 13 Worth Street in Lower Manhattan, between West Broadway and Hudson. We are eight blocks north of the World Trade Center. Ten years ago we were there on that remorseful Tuesday morning. Suzen was actually standing on West Broadway when the second plane hit the South Tower. Our…

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Grasshopper Bars for Lovers of Mint and Chocolate

  These rich brownies are stunning. Stunning to look at, stunning to taste. There is almost a shock value as people take a look, a second look, and then begin that quick reach. From our favorite bakery Baked in Red Hook, Brooklyn, these treats are from the new Baked Explorations cookbook. The book is a…

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