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Over 20 Valentine’s together, but they’re not important days. Everything that’s anything happens in between. Make Mocha Brownies, and stamp shapes with any size heart-shaped cutter. You’ll have lovely brownies and also a grand snacking plate of in-between. This, as Josie will tell you, is easily the best part.

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This was me, a few days ago. Actually, not me. More like that was an Apricot Chocolate Torte a few days ago. And before it had been finished, it looked like this…

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Making tiny molded sugars – no, not moldy sugars, sugars shaped in molds – surely pegs me as a fussy, fussy girl.   Anyone who deliberately takes sugar from its god-given home – the pourable shaker – and hand-spoons it into wee tins has got to be a little touched, right? Fussy. But…is it fussy, or [...]

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Ganache: The Reality Show

I found myself on a local cooking show, wearing white and standing over a bowl, demonstrating how to make ganache. “Ganache is really the mother chocolate,” I was saying to the host, “just this simple mixture, but you can use it hot or cold, as a glaze, a frosting, a filling. In France it’s everything [...]

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Invitation to Autumn

I don’t wish to be rude or anything, Autumn, but…what’s taking you so long? Did you get delayed in Chicago, ran out of gas, took the scenic route, what? Because I’m about done with humid heat and frizzy hair, Autumn. I’m just done. Tell you what – I’ll sweeten the deal. Look! I made hot [...]

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