From the category archives:


Candied Wild Violets

by Laura 21 May 2011
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I’m something of a guilty forager.  It’s public land, yes, but part of me still feels like I’m taking something that doesn’t belong to me, like I’m breaking a rule.  Gathering wild violets or ramps or morels, well, it feels like a secret engagement, something quietly forbidden.  I know logically that that’s just bunk, but [...]

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Hand-pulled Cotton Candy

by Laura 19 February 2011
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I stumbled on a photograph of pişhmaniye on the Honest Fare blog this week and had to make it.  My niece Elisabeth was coming to spend the morning with me yesterday, so we added it to the list of projects for the day.  She liked making smoothies, chocolate cookies, coconut macaroons, waffle fries, and Reubens, [...]

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Salted Peanut White Chocolate Lollipops

by Laura 12 December 2010
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These sweet lollipops are so easy to make it’s a little silly.  You pipe melted chocolate into molds, pop in a stick, and, well, that’s it!  Last year I made them with dark chocolate flavored with mint extract.  This year I decided to try white chocolate with chopped salted peanuts.  I think white chocolate deserves [...]

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Lavender Blueberry Pear Pâté de Fruits

by Laura 12 December 2010
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I first had pâté de fruits in France when I was in college.  My Dear Husband and I, then dating, rented a car in Calais with no plan and no reservations except for Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and set off to wander for a month.  It was pure bliss.  Our little rented Renault puttered [...]

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Rosewater-scented Turkish Delight

by Laura 10 December 2010
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Proust’s madeleine, Charles Arrowby’s toast, Edmund’s enchanted Turkish Delight. Don’t you love a character with a penchant for a particular food?  I first made Turkish Delight for my Honey Girl and my Sweet Boy years ago when we were reading The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.  I was more interested in the candy than [...]

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Dark Chocolate Caramels with Smoked Sea Salt

by Laura 9 December 2010
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I’ve made caramel for many years now, but when I saw this recipe in the December, 2006 issue of Gourmet magazine I had a feeling it would become a staple in our Christmas candy repertoire.  It has.  I make it every year now, and it gets a lot of wows.  Salted candy has been trendy [...]

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Cream Caramels

by Laura 2 December 2010
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Sometimes my recipe notes are a little amusing.  I usually scribble as I’m cooking and over a number of years, my sheets of paper can become quite a mess.  Being stuffed into a bursting-at-the-seams ring binder doesn’t help.  After twelve years of making this caramel, there is a lot of scratch to sort out.  So, [...]

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Chocolate Fudge with Walnuts

by Laura 24 November 2010
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I have it in my head that I like fudge.  I mean, shouldn’t I like fudge?  So when we are traveling and I see a fudge shop, we usually pop in and buy a little slab or two.  I’m inevitably disappointed.  All the fudge I’ve tasted is grainy, overly sweet, and has the texture of [...]

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