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Chicken Shawarma Recipe
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Chicken Shawarma Recipe

A chicken shawarma recipe has been haunting me. It looks so damn good on the New York Times cooking site. Go ahead, take a look. It’s here: Chicken shawarma recipe. After I clicked on it once, I saved it to my […]

The Boulevardier
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The Boulevardier

We came across The Boulevardier recipe in The Essential New York Times Book of Cocktails. We highly recommend the book; it’s a great addition to any cocktailian’s library. The Boulevardier 4 ounces rye or bourbon 2 ounces Campari 2 ounces sweet […]

Breakfast Strata
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Breakfast Strata

The last thing you want to do when you wake up on Christmas morning is cook. So make your breakfast the night before. How does egg, spinach, sausage and cheese sound? I’ve made this Christmas breakfast strata recipe a few times, […]

Pumpkin Bread
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Pumpkin Bread

There’s something very Christmas-y about baking a loaf of pumpkin bread. It fills the house with the aroma of those winter-warm spices while it’s cooking, and afterwards, becomes the oh-I’ll-just-sneak-a-taste snack cake you just need to have lying around over […]

Christmas Pageant at Grace Church
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Christmas Pageant at Grace Church

Our little angel! Sam, Holly and Carter: A heavenly host! Waiting to go on. Gloria!   And afterwards, the parish advent party: Related posts: Christmas Pageant at Grace Church Christmas Eve at Grace Church A Harvest Costume Party at Church Welcome […]

American 76
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American 76

We wanted an American cocktail for Thanksgiving, and we wanted something festive and bubbly. Sarah and I came up with a brilliant solution, if we do say so ourselves: a riff on the French 75, with American bourbon instead of gin. We […]

Making Turkey Stock
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Making Turkey Stock

It’s never too early to start cooking for Thanksgiving! We made a big batch of turkey stock for gravy. Need a recipe? Follow this one for chicken stock, but substitute turkey! Related posts: Turkey Gravy Thanksgiving Turkey Gravy Recipe Dry-Brined […]

Cupcakes for Sam
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Cupcakes for Sam

These cupcakes almost weren’t. I filled the cupcake tins too full, and they puffed up over the top! Luckily, after I scraped the tops off and spread some frosting on top, no one was the wiser. Sam helped  with the […]

Pear Upside Down Cake
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Pear Upside Down Cake

What to do with an impressive pear harvest? Well, pear sauce, for sure (that recipe is coming), and some kind of dessert. Right? Right. Pear upside down cake it is, then. I liked this recipe from Food & Wine’s Thanksgiving […]

Gin and Tonic Recipe
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Gin and Tonic Recipe

Our gin and tonic recipe is probably like a lot of people’s gin and tonic recipes: gin, tonic, lime. But we do prefer Tanguerey, and 2 ounces, please. And we insist on either Schweppes or, even better Q Tonic. Also, we squeeze […]

Linguine with Clam Sauce
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Linguine with Clam Sauce

Our absolute favorite recipe for Linguine with Clam Sauce comes from an old recipe on the Food Network, back when Sara Moulton was a star. It’s simple and delicious, and you can pull it off in about 10 minutes. PrintLinguine […]

Lobster Rolls
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Lobster Rolls

My recipe for lobster rolls does not call for celery. Call me a blasphemer if you must, I just don’t care for it. What I do love, however, is tarragon. There’s hardly a finer combination than lobster and tarragon. Except […]

Peach Cobbler for the Gods
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Peach Cobbler for the Gods

Does anybody remember the Pepperridge Farm Cookies called Bordeaux? They were thin, buttery and burnt-sugar tasting: my downfall in every way. The unusual topping for this peach cobbler, created by sprinkling sugar over the batter then drizzling it with hot […]

Lobster Stock
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Lobster Stock

After a lobster dinner, what else to do but make lobster stock!? I pulled the meat out of our leftover lobsters (we’ll have lobster rolls later!) and set about making this lobster stock recipe from Fine Cooking.   It calls […]

The Best Coleslaw
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The Best Coleslaw

When I read that the editors at Leite’s Culinaria thought this was the best slaw “known to man,” I knew I had to investigate this claim. Turns out, if they’re not right, they’re darn close to right. This is is […]

Green Goddess Dressing
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Green Goddess Dressing

The buttermilk really brings out the tang in this dressing. We loved it over romaine, served with corn and lobster. Lobster and tarragon are a match made in heaven. The original recipe calls for 2 anchovies, but we added 3. […]

Grilled Lobsters
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Grilled Lobsters

We loved the idea of grilled lobsters. Bon Appetit magazine’s grilled lobster recipe said putting them on the grill intensifies the flavor. Less water, more flavor. But we didn’t actually find that to be the case, and, frankly, stabbing them […]

Sour Cherry Shrub
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Sour Cherry Shrub

With the very last of our sour cherries, we decided to go for a shrub, otherwise known as a drinking vinegar. These were quite popular long ago, but had fallen out of favor until the cocktail cognoscenti decided to explore […]

Sour Cherry Preserves
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Sour Cherry Preserves

We worked all weekend to put up cherries. First, here’s our recipe. Afterwards, our step-by-step photos and this year’s haul (23 pounds in one picking!) PrintSour Cherry Preserves Yield: About 12 (4-ounce) jars. Ingredients4 pounds (about 4 1/2 to 5 quarts) […]