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Giant Chocolate Turnovers with Orange Custard Sauce

Looking for something decadent and chocolate for a special dessert? These enticing treats from Sara Moulton Cooks at Home couldn’t be easier. Good frozen puff pastry and quality chocolate are both readily available throughout the country these days. I find that the key to success with puff pastry (homemade or…

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Oven-baked Rosemary Potato Chips

In the late eighties, when I left Gourmet’s test kitchen to become chef of Gourmet’s dining room, I walked into the ideal situation for a chef. The dining room was small–I never had to make lunch for more than 16 people at a time–and I had no budget restrictions. I…

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Crispy Zucchini Sticks with Olive Dip

In the early eighties I worked as chef tournant at La Tulipe, a three-star temple of French gastronomy in New York’s Greenwich Village. One of our best-loved–and most unlikely–appetizers was fried zucchini. I know it sounds déclassé: fried zucchini at a three-star restaurant? But Chef Sally Darr took this typical…

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Dulce de Leche Rice Pudding with Toasted Almonds

When Haagen Dazs introduced its dulce de leche ice cream several years ago, the company hoped it would sell well to American Latinos, but I don’t think it had any idea that everyone would quickly end up loving it. Hey, what’s not to love! Long popular throughout South America, where…

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Fried Green Tomatoes with Ranch Dressing and Yellow Cherry Tomato Salad

Tomato lovers, it doesn’t get much better than this. In this easy summer time recipe from Sara Moulton Cooks at Home you start with a base of breaded and fried green tomato slices, top it off with a little salad of cherry tomatoes, and spoon on some homemade ranch dressing. Done. Just…

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Chocolate Caramel Peanut Truffles

Here is everything you want in one candy–chocolate, caramel, and nuts–and these truffles couldn’t be simpler to prepare. Make a big batch, box them attractively, and you have the perfect holiday gift. Makes about 40 truffles Ingredients 1 cup sugar 2/3 cup heavy cream 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped…

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Poussin en Cocotte

The baby chickens called poussins by the French are often tastier than large supermarket chickens because they are not mass-produced. If you cannot find poussins for this recipe, use Cornish game hens, which are about the same size as poussins but more widely available. (Look for Cornish game hens in…

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Ruthie’s Chocolate French Toast with Raspberry Sauce

    This recipe lives in the breakfast chapter of Sara Moulton Cooks at Home (page 308) and it would be a great choice for Christmas breakfast or brunch, but I think it would also be great served as a dessert at an elegant dinner. My daughter Ruthie loves French…

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Ruthie's Chocolate French Toast with Raspberry Sauce

    This recipe lives in the breakfast chapter of Sara Moulton Cooks at Home (page 308) and it would be a great choice for Christmas breakfast or brunch, but I think it would also be great served as a dessert at an elegant dinner. My daughter Ruthie loves French…

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