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Fresh Homemade Strawberry Jell-O

Jell-O always seems a bit like magic to me. Add water to the brightly colored, sugary powder and in no time it’s solid and jiggles like a good belly laugh. The problem is, the stuff in the box tastes like congealed, watered-down kool-aid. There is no actual fruit involved, just artificial color and flavor. But, […]

July 4th Red, White and Blue Cheesecake

While drops of food coloring will enhance the layers of this patriotic July 4th cheesecake, its stripes are tinted naturally with seasonal flavors: red raspberry, white vanilla bean and blue blueberry. The fresh blueberry topping is held together with just enough gelatin to give it a gorgeous, glossy look and to make it easy to […]

Fundamentals: How to Make Crème Fraîche

Crème fraîche is the sophisticated French cousin of sour cream.  Its texture is smoother and the flavor subtler, not quite so sour, but still a bit sharp. It is simple to make and requires only two ingredients, so it is no wonder it is a staple in most French kitchens and a must have for pastry chefs. […]

The Most Basic of Breakfast Sweets: Blueberry Muffins

This perfect blueberry muffin recipe is light, fluffy and bursting with blueberries.

Seven Layer Cake for Passover

Monday is the beginning of Passover. I love this holiday for the ritual, the gathering of wonderful people and the challenge to come up with new desserts worthy of the day. This cake was inspired by a conversation I had with Deb Perelman about Dobos Tortes, which is a cake made up of many layers […]

Thin Mint Cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day

These cupcakes taste just like a Thin Mint and the green frosting make them perfect for St. Paddy’s Day.

PB&J for Grown-Ups

Peanut butter and jelly gets a grown up spin with this Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake recipe.

One Quick Bread Recipe, Two Versions

As bosc pears ripen the texture is as soft as a ripe banana, so I got the idea of making my banana bread recipe with chunks of pear. I added a bit of homemade granola, instead of the toasted coconut I usually put in the banana bread. It is essentially the same recipe, but the result is […]

How to Make Fondue

Learn how to make fondue, without a fondue pot, with this easy recipe.

Easy Gift Idea: Chocolate-Covered Toffee

Looking for an easy gift idea? Cooking Channel’s recipe for Chocolate-Covered Toffee is just the ticket. A touch of coffee in the toffee balances out the sweetness.

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