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Zaletti

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Ah, Venice. Ah, Zaletti. There are many variations of these golden, cornmeal cookies. Each bakery seems to have its own recipe. All delicious. My friend Wanda and I can attest to it. I make the recipe in one of my favorite cookbooks, The Italian Baker by Carol Field. Last week, David Lebovitz posted his adaptation […]

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Wake up!

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And the moral of the story is…perhaps I should have coffee before baking early in the morning. Fresh fig cake just out of the oven. Not pretty – those beautiful figs SHOULD have been placed with alternating skins sides up. Again, coffee first, baked goods second. The good news is I think it will taste […]

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Now THIS is L-O-C-A-L

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THIS is the way it should be done everywhere. But, oh, that’s right. You’d need a local government that is PRO small business rather than one that creates obstacles at every step AND a forward-looking, passionate, we-actually-do-CARE-about-what-we-put-on-our-plates culinary community, those who prepare the food AND those who eat it. http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2010/07/in-la-a-breakthrough-in-local-eating/60507/

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Geste Shrimp

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Finally. I got a plate from Maui’s only shrimp truck, Geste Shrimp, on Harbor Rd. in Kahului. I’ve been wanting to try it for a long time but I had a freak allergic reaction to shrimp last Christmas and the doc suggested I avoid them. Well, in the last few weeks I’ve been carefully introducing them back into my diet - I […]

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The end of an era

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Say what you will about him. He was controversial, to be sure. But George Steinbrenner, who died this morning at his home in Tampa, Florida at the age of 80, changed the New York Yankees, their fans and, arguably, the city. He paid $10 million for them in 1973; today they’re worth between $2 and […]

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And, finally, the shortbread

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Brown Sugar-Pecan Shortbread from David Lebovitz’s beautiful new book, “Ready for Dessert” – his best recipes and I can’t wait to try many of them. These, by the way, are delicious!

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Chocolate Chess Pie

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  I’ve been thinking about my friend Cleves who died a couple of years ago. She was originally from North Carolina and every now and then, especially when we talked about food or cooking or baking, her Southern drawl would become more pronounced than usual. She was an excellent cook and baker and I loved being in the […]

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A baking kind of day

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  I always have left over buttermilk. No matter what I make – in this case a delightful new banana bread recipe – I can never use up a whole quart in one cooking/baking session. So, bright and early this morning I baked – and I use the term loosely in this particular case – […]