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Cheesecake cookies for bastille day

cheesecake, Philadelphia cream cheese, vanilla, butter, sugar, flour, cookies

When my son was born, I had just moved to Maine and was mourning my home in Brooklyn.  When Joe came into the world, my literary agent called from New York to congratulate me. “What can I send you?” she asked, the soul of sweetness and generosity.  While I might have answered “A chef,” because …

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Cold Strawberry, Rhubarb, Lemon Verbena Soup

rhubarb, cold rhubarb and strawberry soup, lemon verbena

Go to Recipe Go to Video Most every culture has its retinue of cold soups to chase away the heat of summer, from the beloved gazpacho of Spain and Mexico, to vegetable-rich Russian Okrochka with its garnish of hard cooked eggs, to the famed Vichyssoise of New York. Who Wants Hot When it is Hot? …

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Texas Pecan Pie – World’s Best | Paris, France

pecan, maple syrup, eggs, sugar, pastry

Go to Recipe Go to Video Today, the pecan is a luxury but long ago – VERY long ago, more than 8,000 years – indigenous people in what is now the swath of land from Illinois through the southern United States and into the river valleys of Mexico took much of their nutrition from this …

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Impromptu Dessert – This Means Quick N’ Easy

cookies, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate

Go to Recipe Go to Video Impromptu meals are one of my favorite kinds for neighbors or friends, visitors who arrive early or are hungrier than they expected to be.  And then there are the meals that are planned but a day is much busier than expected.  In either case there is often little time …

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Chocolate Dessert and a Cocktail

Forest, cocktails, Susan, France, Paris

Go to Recipe Go to Video When I first met Forest Collins of 52Martinis fame I was intrigued.  She has the style of a French woman blended with an unmistakable American openness.   She is whip smart and friendly yet reserved enough that she draws attention.  And she has her name, which fits in every way.  …

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