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Mint Syrup from Payard Desserts

  This is how the conversation went. We were standing in our garden ten years ago holding a couple of small mint plants in their little plastic containers. Fresh from the green house. “Will these survive?” Suzen asked. It had been a hard winter. “In Oregon, mint grows like a weed,” I said. It did.…

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Creme de Menthe Buttercream

It’s now, at long last, June and our herbs have survived a winter of deep snows and deeper cold. Our mint beckons. How to use it? Frosting, of course. Here the mint flavor comes, not primarily from our garden, but from liquor and extract. But your spring mint leaves can still be used to adorn…

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Spaghetti with Garlic, Tomato, Mint and Fresh Tuna from PASTA by the CIA

Source: Pasta by The Culinary Institute of America [Gianni Scappin, Alberto Vanoli, and Francesco Tonelli] The Culinary Institute of America — yes, that CIA —  is recognized as the best culinary school in America. If you can’t invest two or four years to attend, then you have an alternative: the series of cookbooks written by…

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Steamed Mussels with Cream, Saffron and Mint from James Peterson

m4s0n501 “It looks beautiful,” I said to Suzen. “The smell is great.” “Try one,” she dared me. I passed. Allergies. My next mussel is her next inheritance. It was Valentine’s Day and Suzen’s feast for class — Bubbles and Bites — was this marvelously rich and beautiful dish form James Peterson. The combination of mussels…

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