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Chocolate Walnut Fig Cake With Grappa & Cardamom Cream

02.12.2010
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FORGET THE KIDS. They’re sleeping (maybe at Nona’s house). Or there aren’t any. My Friendship Day Marshmallows post was for them. This, though . . . This is for adults only.
For all my soapbox talk about how anyone—coupled, single; young, old, or in between—should be able to celebrate Valentine’s Day, it is still true that [...]

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Friendship Day Marshmallows

02.10.2010
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WHAT’S WRONG WITH KIDS celebrating Valentine’s Day? Despite having an adequately tuned radar when it comes to inclusive and “politically correct” language, I confess that I don’t understand the problem with using the term “Valentine’s Day” in elementary school. Maybe the taboo is particular to my son’s school; if not, then I guess it’s a [...]

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O Canada! O Nanaimo!

01.27.2010

PASS THE TORCH. There’s a new Daring Baker in town, and she’s on her way to British Columbia, Canada. Well, not really. Armchair (or kitchen) travel is the only kind I’m doing at the moment. I’d say “unfortunately,” except that there’s nothing unfortunate about today’s culinary excursion—a gooey, creamy, chocolatey, crunchy foray into bliss—no, nothing [...]

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“Blue Grey” Chocolate Truffles

12.27.2009

‘TWAS THE NIGHT before Christmas, and all through the house . . . Or at least in the kitchen, I was stirring up the scents of simmering cream, bittersweet chocolate, and black tea with bergamot.

It’s been four or five years since I last made these Earl Grey truffles. The recipe (which I will loosely describe [...]

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Kudos (& Brownies) for MastihaShop

12.20.2009
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I LOVE ANNIVERSARIES—any excuse to celebrate a milestone, light a candle, or bake something sweet in which to stick said candle. The year draws to a close, and it’s time to do two things: articulate plans for the future, yes, but not before putting the workaday world on hold just long enough to honor yourself [...]

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Anise-Orange Biscotti with White Chocolate and Fennel Pollen

10.24.2009

ANISE AND ORANGE. They place me outdoors in a patch of sunlight, glass of ouzo at arm’s length on a marble-topped table. In Athens’ public squares, the scent of orange blossoms hangs heavy in the air after spring rain slakes the trees. Few things (besides olives and figs) call up my visits to Greece—layovers in [...]

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