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Crab, Saffron and Gruyere Tart from Make Mine a Martini

  In Make Mine a Martini, author Kay Plunkett-Hogge presents this an array of cocktails for you to consider, not just a wonderful martini. There are classics here and some new ones, like The Fine & Dandy, a combo of lemon juice, Cointreau and gin. But this book is really more: a cocktail party book…

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Honey-Roasted Pears with Blue Cheese and Walnuts from Wintersweet by Tammy Donroe Inman

  We may all have enjoyed a salad with pears and blue cheese and some nuts. It’s a great upscale dish for, say, brunch. But what about dessert? Tammy Donroe Inman suggests just that idea in Wintersweet — you can see my review here. Wintersweet is a magnificent dessert book and a go-to reference for…

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Veal and Gruyere Meatballs in Tomato Sauce from Lidgate’s

In the heat of summer, why do we eat hot food? There is that theory that a hot salsa makes you sweat which lets water evaporate off your forehead which cools you. I’m not sure about that. Thing is, even in the summer there are some hot, temperature wise, food we love. Steak, sizzling off…

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Peppery Cheese Rounds from Jean Anderson’s From a Southern Oven

    Weekends often see us scrambling for appetizers for a social gathering. You need something now. Something quick. Something good. And here it is. It is even something simple, too, but the flavor is quite powerful. When you combine all the cheese here with ground hot pepper, you get a true thrill that stands…

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