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Chocolate Nutmeg Cupcakes & Glossy Coffee Frosting

“We’re making this,” Suzen announced. We had a family dinner to attend and, as usual, our contribution was dessert. I had a Roasted Banana Bread Pudding in mind, because I always bring chocolate and I was feeling guilty about that “always” stuff. Time for something new. So what does my not-so-fond-of-desserts wife hone in on?…

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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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Melt-y Chocolate –Truffle Cookies from Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson

That top picture explains why Suzen and I will not be dining on the deck today. We could attempt an igloo, of course, and “eat in” or “eat under” the snow, but we are reluctant to attempt that. Can you make an igloo from snow? Do we need ice? We are just not prepared here.…

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Strawberry Fool with Cardamom and Coconut Chocolate Ganache

A fool is an English dessert of distinction. There is no entomological agreement about how “fool” came to mean dessert. Originally, in the late 1500’s, the dessert was specifically a sweet custard into which one folded pureed stewed fruit, in particular gooseberries, which actually need some cooking to be enjoyable. Over time, other fruits have…

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