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Neapolitan Christmas Eve Spaghetti with Walnuts from The Four Seasons of Pasta

  Last August I did a cookbook review for The Four Seasons of Pasta, a collection of recipes offering pasta on an elevated level. Italy is a land of feasts and holiday. Christmas Eve is traditionally a meatless meal, but “meatless” can be quite exceptional. Here, the “meat” feeling comes from walnuts, lots of walnuts.…

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Dark Chocolate Walnut Cookies from There’s Always Room for Chocolate

  I just reviewed a new chocolate book There’s Always Room for Chocolate. Here’s the review. And here’s the best thing we’ve made, so far, from the book. How do describe these cookies? Oh, how about the best chocolate cookie ever. Ever. These are quite decadent, a bit brownie-like, lovely to behold and chocolate intense.…

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Honey-Roasted Pears with Blue Cheese and Walnuts from Wintersweet by Tammy Donroe Inman

  We may all have enjoyed a salad with pears and blue cheese and some nuts. It’s a great upscale dish for, say, brunch. But what about dessert? Tammy Donroe Inman suggests just that idea in Wintersweet — you can see my review here. Wintersweet is a magnificent dessert book and a go-to reference for…

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Maple Pinwheel Biscuits from Biscuit Bliss by James Villas

  In Biscuit Bliss, James Villas suggests that your perceptions of a “simple biscuit” might be wrong. In fact, those perceptions are wrong. While a straightforward light and fluffy biscuit is sublime — with that butter and jam or honey — the fact is that biscuits can be far more complex in flavor and even…

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