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Brian’s Agave Bees Knees

“I really can’t taste the gin,” my wife Suzen said to me. I was so happy. I had succeeded in my Bees Knees experiment. It’s a catchy name: Bees Knees. It’s actually slang. During Prohibition, it meant “The Best.” And this drink began to be recognized as the best. Given the circumstances. “Bathtub gin” is…

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Gluten-Free Lemon Tart

Suzi does a lot of work with celiac patients. We are the official test kitchen for the Center for Celiac Disease at Columbia University. Once a month, patients and their families come to Cooking by the Book to prepare an entire meal including dessert. Suzi has developed menus that anyone, anyone would enjoy. If you…

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Spaghetti with Radicchio, Ricotta, and Lemon-Garlic Bread Crumbs from The Lemon Cookbook

In The Lemon Cookbook, Ellen Jackson very convincingly presents the idea that we can use lemons from breakfast to midnight. Lemon can be a dominant element, as in lemonade, or more often provide just the accents needed to take a dish from good to wonderful. On these winter nights, here’s a hearty pasta dish that…

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Pistachio and Lemon Cake from World Class Cakes by Roger Pizey

Suzen and I first posted this recipe last year. We've returned to the recipe again, and gotten a better picture in the process. This is an elegant dessert for any time of the year but the combination of pistachios and lemon makes it very refreshing on a summer evening. Take this to the table before…

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