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MAMIE EISENHOWER'S CHOCOLATE MARBLE COOKIES

MAMIE EISENHOWER’S CHOCOLATE MARBLE COOKIES

Look what arrived in the mail, just in time for Presidents’ Day: a batch of Mamie Eisenhower’s Marble Cookies.  Baked with love and sent with care by my very own First Lady, my mom. Sweet, nutty and a little flaky (I refer to the cookies) Mamie’s marble cookies presage the wining streak of chocolate cookie […]

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ALL RECIPES, Dessert

BERTHA'S NUTCAKE

BERTHA’S NUTCAKE

Here’s a long overdue shout out to Debbie Goldsmith, a longtime Assoc. Food Director at the Good Housekeeping Institute. Debbie sent in this recipe a while back during our black walnut enthusiasm period, which in turn was sparked by another SpecD reader, Susan Kirkpatrick. So without further ado, I give you this moist, nut-studded, crowd-pleasing recipe, […]

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ALL RECIPES, Appetizers, Sullivan Family Recipes

LIPTAUER CHEESE SPREAD

LIPTAUER CHEESE SPREAD

Liptauer Cheese is my mother’s favorite spread and we served a creamy batch of it at our Gemütlichkeit holiday dinner party (more about that in a future post). The unusual combination of flavors makes for a “Wow, this is really good, what’s in it?” reaction. Which is what we all aim for at dinner parties, […]

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ALL RECIPES, Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Relish

GINGER LEMON HONEY JAM

GINGER LEMON HONEY JAM

It’s December 21, the home stretch of holiday gift jam-making. Time to whip up a batch of Ginger Lemon Honey Jam. This one is a real zinger. Bits of candied ginger float in a honey citrus gel flecked with lemon and orange zest. A morning eye-opener indeed. Great on Greek yogurt too, if you’re looking […]

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ALL RECIPES, Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Relish, Kitchen Gadgets

SIMPLE ORANGE MARMALADE

SIMPLE ORANGE MARMALADE

Making orange marmalade doesn’t have to be complicated. This recipe is simple – the only caveat is a kitchen scale is needed. (OXO makes this fine one available on Amazon.) This marmalade recipe is based on the traditional three part formula: equal weights of oranges, sugar and water are called for. By sticking with this ratio […]

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FINANCIERS WITH MARMALADE AND ALMONDS

FINANCIERS WITH MARMALADE AND ALMONDS

Having lived on Wall Street for the past six years, occupying before it was “Occupied” so to speak, I’ve been meaning to share this Financier recipe for a while.  Sort of like madeleines but different, Financiers are airy little almond cakes that can be further flavored with more nuts or marmalade, as they are here.  […]

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