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Tiramisu from Michele Scicolone

I have often wondered who was the genius that invented tiramisu. Think about its brilliant simplicity and wonderful flavor. You need coffee, of course, so I suspect the creator was some late medieval monk in a cold stone kitchen with simple leftover cookies, some coffee and the dairy products brought in daily by his other…

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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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Cardamom Cake with While Pears & White Chocolate

This exceptionally beautiful cake is on the cover of Home Made Winter by Yvette van Buren. Quoting her, “This recipe has been published all over in magazines and newspapers, but I really don’t care; since it’s so good and looks so cool, it belongs in this collection.” I agree. This cake is so breathtaking it…

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Buttermilk Chocolate Cake with Cocoa Glaze from Northwest Bounty

This cake was the very first dessert we ever made at Cooking by the Book. Back in 1988, the same year Northwest Bounty was published. We turn to this recipe at least once a year, and, if you make it, you’ll find it on your favorites list for sure. The flavor comes from that magical…

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