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Pear and Cardamom Caramel Upside-Down Cake from The Cardamom Trail

When you open the pages of a new cookbook, that first recipe can make an important statement. That certainly happens in The Cardamom Trail by Chetna Makan. This upside-down cake is a beauty to behold, exotically rich to the eye and surely to the palate. I happen to be a sucker for upside-down cakes. I’m…

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Onion, Fennel, and Orange Upside-Down Cake from Mary Cech

Mary Cech is a truly talented pastry chef and key instructor at the CIA’s Greystone campus in California. Her baking talent is unsurpassed. She’s taken that talent, and her Zen to translate sweet to savory, to create the recipes in Savory Baking, a book devoted to all savory and no sweets. There may not be…

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The Glorious Gluten-Free Version of Strawberry Balsamic and Olive Oil Upside Down Cake: By Suzen O’Rourke

I was in error yesterday. The Strawberry Balsamic and Olive Oil Upside Down Cake was fine, but my description of the version that Suzen was so proud of – well, I did not do justice to her version. Cooking by the Book works very closely with Center for Celiac Disease at Columbia University. Founded by…

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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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