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Recipe: Strawberries and Cream Pie

We found a bunch of really good strawberries on sale this weekend, and some gorgeous farm-fresh heavy cream. I decided to improvise the following: Two pie crusts, prebaked and cooled* Two one-pound packages of ripe strawberries Two tablespoons sugar Two

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"Cooking in the Moment," Andrea Reusing

Pros: Very simple, delicious recipes that will encourage you to make use of seasonal, local foods Cons: Make very sure to read a recipe fully before starting Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book (published 20011) provided by Random House.

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"The Butcher's Guide to Well-Raised Meat," Applestone, Applestone, and Zissu

Pros: Fantastic repository of knowledge, information, how-to’s, and delicious recipes Cons: I imagine it would be a bit tough to learn to butcher from images and descriptions alone Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book (published 20011) provided by Random

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"Chicken and Egg," Janice Cole

Pros: Fun, intriguing, and educational memoir material; delicious recipes Cons: Some recipes could have been a little better Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book (published 20011) provided by Chronicle Books.   Janice Cole, a food writer and recipe developer,

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"Rum Drinks", Jessica B. Harris

Pros: Great food; long list of rum drinks Cons: Drinks didn’t entirely wow me Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book (published 2009) provided courtesy of Chronicle Books.   Jessica Harris’s Rum Drinks: 50 Caribbean Cocktails, From Cuba Libre to

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Recipe: Chilled Lemon Pie

I found some Meyer lemons at the grocery store last weekend, and on impulse I picked up some gingersnaps and cream cheese. I wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to do with them at the time, but this ended

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Recipe: Minimalist Blueberry Crumble

I can’t give up dessert entirely, but I’m working on making it higher in fruit and lower in carbs & fats. Here’s my minimalist blueberry crumble, designed to be lean(er) but have the texture and taste of the good stuff.

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Recipe: Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs

I stumbled across a recipe for bacon jack deviled eggs today—but I didn’t have all the ingredients, and there were some changes I wanted to make. So here’s the result. The most obvious difference is that I halved the recipe,

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Recipe: Hybrid Hot Cocoa Mix

Recently I found a commercial hot cocoa mix that included finely chopped chocolate. I’ve had plenty of “normal” hot cocoa mixes, as well as the delight that is chopped chocolate melted into hot milk, but I hadn’t had a hybrid

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"Fast, Fresh and Green," Susie Middleton

Pros: Wonderful combination of flavors, techniques, and creativity Cons: Might be a bit fancier than some will be expecting from the title Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review book (published 2010) provided courtesy of Chronicle Books.   Susie Middleton’s Fast,

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