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Dark Chocolate Truffles

I don’t want to rain on anybody’s heart-shaped parade out there, but I have something to admit: I loathe really don’t care for Valentine’s Day. It’s a holiday that makes single people feel lousy (shame on you, singletons, for wallowing … Continue reading

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Classic Brownies

Brownies can be baked in a million variations, and I think I may have met them all: cakey, fudgey, frosted, out of a box, made from scratch, some with nuts, some without. Caramel-swirled, cherry-studded, creme de menthed and cheesecaked. But … Continue reading

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Almond Tart

This buttery almond tart was served on opening night of the fabled Chez Panisse, the Berkeley restaurant that’s credited with inventing California cuisine and considered the forebear of the modern farm-to-table movement. You’ve heard of Alice Waters? Of course you … Continue reading

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Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies, the hallmark of the holiday season, are so reassuring in their simplicity: flour, sugar, eggs, butter, a pinch of salt & vanilla. It’s the arrangement (and the temperature) of those ingredients that counts: are the cookies chalky or … Continue reading

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Gingerbread

We are in full Christmas swing, friends. The tree is trimmed, the halls are decked, I’ve had about three gallons of seasonal lattes, I’ve already indulged in a little wassailing (hello, amaretto) and my “Hot Toddy Holiday Mix” is steady … Continue reading

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Martha’s Grahams

Graham crackers seem like one of those things that have always been factory-made, like pneumatic tires or zippers. Until recently, it never even occurred to me that someone might make them at home. (Can you imagine vulcanizing rubber tires in … Continue reading

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