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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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Chargrilled Sweet Pepper & Walnut Dip from Pomegranates & Pine Nuts

My corner deli in Manhattan is run by Koreans, what else? The refrigerator case is overflowing with hummus, in all its glorious variations, what else? Our food continues to become international and where does it begin? With snacks. First the salsa and chips. Then the tacos and burritos. A decade ago you might have to search…

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