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Crab, Saffron and Gruyere Tart from Make Mine a Martini

  In Make Mine a Martini, author Kay Plunkett-Hogge presents this an array of cocktails for you to consider, not just a wonderful martini. There are classics here and some new ones, like The Fine & Dandy, a combo of lemon juice, Cointreau and gin. But this book is really more: a cocktail party book…

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Open-Face Vidalia Pie

  You know what an onion tart looks like. It’s the epitome of French food with those caramelizing onions densely scattered over the top. In the American South, things are a bit different. It’s a pie, not a tart, and in this particular recipe the onions are totally drowning in a custard of eggs and…

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Suzi’s Caramelized Onion Tart

If you are reading this blog on our website, Cookingbythebook.com, then you’ve discovered the site for my wife’s cooking school. Several times a week, 20 to 50 people come to our Tribeca loft and cook a meal together in our kitchen. The large group is divided up into smaller teams with each team preparing one…

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Herbed Ricotta and Beet Tart

We call them beets, but in most of the world they are known as beetroots. Mothers dread beet juice which too easily stains in spreading red blobs that are impossible to remove. Beets have wide, but often odd, use around the world. In Australia, if you order a “burger with a lot” you get a…

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