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Chocolate Tart with Salted Caramel

December 12, 2013
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Sweet and salty. That combination gets me every time. Chocolate covered pretzels? You bet! Salted caramel ice cream? My favorite. Even peanut M&Ms have me reaching into the office candy jar. But chocolate and salted caramel? That’s a long time favorite and if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you might recognize the […]

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Lemon Curd and Chocolate Ganache Tart

April 22, 2013
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Curd. It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue does it? How can something with a name so funky, taste so luscious? It’s the magic of chemistry that turns basic ingredients like sugar, eggs, butter and lemon, with a little heat, into a silky, sweet, and tangy spread that you would swear should not have a name like […]

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Ginger Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

January 21, 2013
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Has everyone just about given up on their New Year’s resolutions to eat healthy yet? It’s about that time now when people start making exceptions in their new diet and take “just a day off” from going to the gym, isn’t it? Well, here’s one more thing to tempt you (she said with a devilish […]

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Chocolate Budino With Espresso Cream

October 22, 2012
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Budino. It’s like pudding, only better. Why? Because it’s richer, denser and well, Italian, which automatically makes it better, right? This is no ordinary pudding. There is no comparison with anything J-E-L-L-O. The stuff that comes out of those little boxes is like comparing salmon eggs to Beluga caviar, like chopped liver to foie gras, […]

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Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Chocolate Crust and Salted Caramel

February 6, 2012
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I’m frugal, I’ll admit it. I don’t mind spending money when I feel there is good bang for the buck (example, I’ll spend more for hotel room with a great view), but if I can make it myself, better and cheaper, then I will. That’s just a bonus, isn’t it? When I decided I wanted […]

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Chocolate Banana Bread with Flax and Whole Wheat

March 29, 2011
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Do you associate banana bread with the 1970’s? I know I do. In that era of hippies and free love, there was a push toward eating healthy and that’s when natural food stores, macrobiotics and crimes against nature like carob came into vogue. But banana bread actually became popular in the 1930’s during the depression as […]

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