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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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TBT Recipe: Coffee-Walnut Layer Cake [okay, I used pecans!]

I first posted this recipe three years ago. And once a year or so, Suzi and I make this. For ourselves or for a dinner party. Totally rich to your eye and then to your mouth, it's a classic winner. So darned good. I took one look at this cake, in Retro Cakes and Cookies…

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