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Strawberry-Basil Lemonade from Kim Haasarud’s 101 Mojitos

It’s okay. It really, really is not lemonade. It’s a cocktail. On Monday, I posted a strawberry-basil agua fresca. It’s perfectly delicious, and does include some lemon juice. That strawberry-basil combination is just extraordinarily flavorful. The basil notes creep up and swirl in your mouth along with the dominant strawberry. So here, you keep the…

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Strawberry and White Chocolate Buttermilk Cake from Sherry Yard for 4th of July

For the upcoming 4th of July weekend, at some point you may require a spectacular dessert. Spectacular. It’s this one. This Strawberry and White Chocolate Buttermilk Cake is from the extraordinary pastry chef Sherry Yard. When she wrote her monumental tome Desserts by the Yard, she was working for Wolfgang puck. Now she’s about to…

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TBT Recipe: Strawberry Balsamic and Olive Oil Upside Down Cake

The website Food52 is a resource that you simply must visit. It’s a site beautiful both for its recipes and its visualizations. Suzen made this cake, and began boasting to me. As the family dessert maven, I took no offense. But I wondered if she had changed medications, or even doctors. After all, my wife…

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TBT Recipe: Olive Oil Cake with Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

Ordinarily, I want my cake made with butter and not oil. It’s a personal preference matter. I just find oil-based cakes to be less attractive in terms of taste and texture. Except for olive oil cakes. Somehow a good olive oil seems to shine in creating a very special density and texture that I love…

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