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New Year’s Resolution Cake: Brown Sugar Layers with Caramel Buttercream Frosting

  “You are an idiot,” Suzen said. It’s a term of endearment I often hear. Sometimes softly, sometimes with passion. This time it was delivered with particular force. “Sweetie, it’s really going to be really interesting. You love caramel. I picked this recipe for you.” “Brian, it has TWO POUNDS OF BUTTER. Do you understand…

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Savory Butters

Yes, that’s a graph up there. A recipe graph. Have you ever looked through a “single topic” cookbook and gotten a little overwhelmed or curious. Suzen found a book called Flavored Butters by Offerico Maoz. He’s an Israeli chef and his tidy, interesting little book has nearly 70 flavored butters in several categories: Savory Spicy…

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Jalapeno Butter from Fresh Mexico

  Summer corn and butter. That is a classic combination enjoyed around the world. But in corn-country, the United States, more corn is consumed by people than anywhere else on the planet. And while that simple combo of corn and butter is the favorite, new ideas appear all the time. A few years ago, Suzen…

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Grilling a Steak and Maximizing Meat Flavor

While nothing beats a great steak, we often struggle to attain that greatness. How often have you, or someone at your table, reached for salt, and salt, and salt, to get the flavor boost you are convinced that steak needs. Of course, there are the endless lines of bottled steak sauces all there for you…

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