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Fruit-filled Almond Cookies with Fresh Grapes, Cranberries or Blueberries

This recipe started with a meditation on a grape. I’d been enjoying sweet, crisp grapes in the height of their season, and wondered what I could do to celebrate them in the form of dessert. After all, good grapes deserve … Continue reading

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Orange and Black (Olive) Cake: A Dark Chocolate Delight

Like many kids, I was known to stick black olives on my fingertips at holiday gatherings, joyously waving my hands until I popped them into my mouth one by one.  I loved the way the olives transformed my hands into … Continue reading

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Wasabi White Chocolate Meringues

Whenever I have Japanese food, I look forward to the rush wasabi offers.  First there’s its burst of tangy flavor, followed by an intense but ephemeral heat.  Eating sushi recently, I was struck by the idea of creating a dessert … Continue reading

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Turkish Coffee Meringues

I’ve always thought of Turkish coffee as a special occasion sort of drink.  It’s not just coffee: it’s extra robust coffee that’s often spiced, sweetened, and presented in pretty little mugs.  And beneath the way it’s served is the distinctive … Continue reading

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A Blank Canvas: Fantastic White Cake

My favorite baby in town is turning one this month, and I will have the honor of making his first birthday cake. Knowing how much I enjoy experimenting with desserts, his dear parents asked if I’d be up for trying … Continue reading

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Tangy, Buttery Grapefruit Cake with Creamy Grapefruit Curd

On a recent evening, my husband came home with a full shopping bag from Moe’s Books. (Not an unusual scenario.) At first I perked up at the thought of new reading, but then I noticed the odd shape of the … Continue reading

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