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Easy Eggnog

Traditional eggnog calls for raw eggs, and a lot fewer people are messing with raw eggs today, thanks to a minuscule but real risk of salmonella. Accordingly, revelers serving those in high-risk groups should heat eggnog’s basic ingredients–eggs, cream, and sugar–to 160°F and do it carefully, or the eggs will…

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Deep Hot Chocolate

The most extraordinarily delicious hot chocolate I have ever drunk was served at a teahouse called Angelina’s near the Louvre in Paris. Dubbed chocolat africain, it was so rich you could nearly stand a spoon in it. I am not quite sure how they make it, but I suspect from…

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Frozen Café au Lait

This is my homemade version of the frozen coffee drinks that have become hugely popular at the gourmet coffee franchises in the last few years. As lip-smackingly good as the commercial concoctions, mine is also much lower in calories because it doesn’t use cream or half-and-half and it isn’t loaded…

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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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Braised Short Ribs

This is actually an adaptation of a recipe by a very talented New York chef named Tom Valenti. Who (no pun intended) is known for his stick to your ribs cooking. We ran the recipe in Gourmet many years ago when he was the chef at a place called Allison…

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Quick Asparagus Lasagna

Even though you can buy asparagus from South America out of season, I think of this easy meatless entrée as a sign of spring. Asparagus is tastier if you buy it locally and in season. All the thicknesses are fine with me – from pencil-thin spears to thick stalks. However,…

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