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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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Chocolate Brioche Pudding from Nick Malgieri

For her corporate and private events at Cooking by the Book — over 250 a year — Suzen prepares menus to let clients customize their meal. If you look at all the combinations of appetizers, sides, main courses, and desserts, it is mathematically improbably that any two events would have exactly the same menu selection.…

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Devil’s Food Cake from Retro Cakes and Cookies

  For Halloween, why not a Devil’s Food Cake. Chocolate. Rich. Tangy. Ah, but the devil is in the details. I know of no other cake recipe with such a diverse base of recipe alternatives. It’s a light, chocolate cake but getting to that end can mean many different combinations of ingredients and techniques are…

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