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Simple Citrus Glaze to Spike Your Cake or Cookies

There is absolutely nothing wrong with a pure white cake coated with a thick vanilla frosting. But there certainly are ways to boost the flavor and surprise your dessert companions. First, you can add some zest, literally, to the cake batter. The zest of one large orange or two lemons will offer a tease of…

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Brian’s Ginrita: A Really Simple Cocktail

                  Part of the trick to entertaining is to maintain balance with the stages of the evening. When guests come to our house — which really means when they come to our kitchen where every party seems to focus — we always have an array of appetizers…

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Sparkling Mojito Martini for Flowing Bridal Showers

People come to Cooking by the Book for many reasons: corporate team building, birthday parties and — more and more — bridal events. Bridal showers and bachelorette parties are on our calendar every weekend. I love the enthusiasm and joy of these events where women celebrate this most important step forward in life. Naturally, if…

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Grilling a Steak and Maximizing Meat Flavor

While nothing beats a great steak, we often struggle to attain that greatness. How often have you, or someone at your table, reached for salt, and salt, and salt, to get the flavor boost you are convinced that steak needs. Of course, there are the endless lines of bottled steak sauces all there for you…

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