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TBT Recipe: Olive Oil Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

Ordinarily, I want my cake made with butter and not oil. It’s a personal preference matter. I just find oil-based cakes to be less attractive in terms of taste and texture. Except for olive oil cakes. Somehow a good olive oil seems to shine in creating a very special density and texture that I love…

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Cake of Parsnip, Apple, Pecan and Maple Syrup from Big Flavors from a Small Kitchen

Yes, parsnips for dessert. I’m fine. Really. No need to adjust my meds. Taste buds are fine. I’m looking forward to spring. But in the lingering days of winter, there is the possibility here to do wonderful things with interesting foods. Have you ever in your life eaten a parsnip? In a soup? As part…

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Pear and Cardamom Caramel Upside-Down Cake from The Cardamom Trail

When you open the pages of a new cookbook, that first recipe can make an important statement. That certainly happens in The Cardamom Trail by Chetna Makan. This upside-down cake is a beauty to behold, exotically rich to the eye and surely to the palate. I happen to be a sucker for upside-down cakes. I’m…

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Karleksmums or Chocolate Coffee Squares from Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break

I recently posted a review of a lovely book, Fika: The Art of Swedish Coffee Break. We often think of coffee or espresso being consumed in a Paris café or an Italian square. But the Swedes drink more per capita and they do it with fervor. Coffee is not enjoy in solitary. The Swedes have…

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