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Cousin Donna’s Almond Cookies (video)

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I hope you enjoyed the video I produced with Betty Crocker and Good Bite! One part of the video that was left out on the editing room floor….er….computer virtual trash….was that “Cousin Donna” isn’t *my* cousin. I’ve never even met her! But it’s my good friend Sue Ann Ciccone’s cousin…and this recipe is from her. When we first moved into …

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Pesto Ideas

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Pesto beyond the normal basil and pine nuts (which I do love, but it can get quite boring over and over). Wall Street Journal has great article and recipes on different versions of pesto, including: Walnuts + Grapeseed Oil Pistachio + Breadcrumbs + Mint Rapini + Parmesan + Porcini Pumpkin Seeds + Basil + Parmesan Pecans + Parsley + Dates …

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Shortbread Cookies with Nutella, Banana and Almonds

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I’ve labored over this recipe for days. Never mind that it’s just store-bought shortbread cookies + Nutella + bananas + almonds. Never mind that there’s no baking involved or that it only takes 10 minutes to assemble. The recipe is about the technique of the beautiful, fluid Nutella swoop. It’s a very technically technical technique.

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Strawberry Almond Cream Tart

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When my grocery store starts selling cartons of strawberries 10 for $10, you know there’s a problem. Normally, when I spy bargain basement pricing on strawberries, I’m expecting sad, lifeless fruit just on the cusp of being declared rotten and dumped. But this is not the case, and by now I’m sure you’ve all seen the fat, perky jewels begging …

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Roasted Cauliflower with Dukkah

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I’m addicted to Dukkah. It’s a funny name, no? Dukkah is an Egyptian spice mixture made of roasted, coarsely ground nuts (hazelnuts, almonds or pistachios) and fragrant spices (coriander, sesame seeds, cumin, chili pepper, etc.)

Different variations of this mixture is found all over the Middle East and North Africa. While I’m not an expert in their foods, I have a feeling that each family …