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Tiny Biscuits with Crème Fraiche and Berries from Gale Gand

Size does matter. But gigantic is not always best. Sometimes, sometimes elegance comes in a small bundle carefully articulated. Here’s a perfect example. We tend to bake “big.” Big cookies, big muffins, big shortcakes slathered in a mountain of whipped cream studded with strawberries. Here’s a different twist: tiny biscuits flavored themselves with honey and…

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Strawberry Balsamic Upside Down Cake

The berries are here. Wonderful luscious strawberries — and blackberries and blueberries, too. But today is a strawberry day. The combination of strawberries and balsamic vinegar is iconic. And popular. Just google “balsamic vinegar and strawberries” and you’ll see there are 613,000 results. Somewhere in that stack of ideas and recipes there surely is something…

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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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Strawberry Lemonade [and other goodies] Using Strawberry Puree

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July. Red, white, and blue day. Red is for strawberries, to be consumed in cake, pie, and beverages aplenty. This post is really about two things: the lemonade pictured above and puree, which has multiple uses over and above mere lemonade. Once the puree is prepared, then you options are…

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