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Schmecks Appeal

Cookbook Review – Schmecks Appeal by Edna Staebler

Edna Staebler taught me to bake. Sometime in the mid-eighties, I’m not sure exactly when my mother purchased the cookbook “Schmecks Appeal.”  Following that she also bought Edna Staebler’s earlier books “Food that really Schmecks” and “More food that really Schmecks,” but “Schmecks Appeal” was the book in our house that started it all. My…

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Plum Cake

Plum Cake Lady

They call me…”The Plum Cake Lady” I love to bake with plums.  I love to make plum crumble, plum cake, plum pie…once when I was doing a cleanse (no sugar, no wheat, no wine, no dairy, yadda, yadda, yadda…) I discovered that I could oven roast plums with lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger until…

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Tarte au citron

The right tool for the job

From scratch.  What does that really mean?  Of course it means that you make something from ingredients rather than pre-assembled components.  Yes, I get that, but somewhere along the way I built into that definition that it means using your hands – and that tools are cheating. I think this crazy notion began when I…

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How to – Oven Roasted Squash Recipe

I was standing in front of a display of pumpkins and squashes the other day when I heard a woman comment that she didn’t know why they were in the produce section as they were all for display. Display?!  What?! She even questioned if they were real or plastic.  I couldn’t help myself.  I had…

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My Paris Kitchen

Cookbook Review – My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz

I am a sucker for Paris. I’ve been there 3 times and dream of moving there.  So, a book titled “My Paris Kitchen” will always catch my eye.  As I started to flip through the pages I realized that this cookbook was unlike any cookbook I had ever read.  It wasn’t just recipes, it was…

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