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Kumquats: TPC

Kumquats aren’t terribly exotic, but they certainly aren’t your humdrum, run-of-the-mill fruit either. They are a diminutive citrus fruit that you can eat whole–peel, pith, and all.

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They’re nice. Sort of a cross between a clementine and a lime. Sweet and orange but with a little bit of a bitter tartness. They’re lovely.

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Almost Healthy Apple Crumble: Recipe and TBT

I’ve lucked out recently; I’ve gotten some great apples at reasonable prices. Yesterday my luck ran out. I’ve got three granny smith apples that are unbearably tart. What to do? That’s easy: make apple crumble! I haven’t made it yet (I started a new term of classes this week so I haven’t exactly had the time) but I will soon. And when I do, I’ll use this recipe.

So here’s a throwback to throwing things together–no recipe, no fallback ice cream in the freezer–and making a fabulous apple crumble (although, in hindsight, it’s more of an apple crisp) with a fabulous friend. Continue reading “Almost Healthy Apple Crumble: Recipe and TBT”

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Recipe for White Chocolate and Rhubarb Mini Loaves

When I made the rhubarb bars, I had nearly half the bundle of rhubarb left over. I’d owed baked goods to some people and figured I’d use up the rhubarb, because who doesn’t like rhubarb? I always like giving away mini loaf cakes: they are easily transportable, a good size, yummy, and easily modified to work with nearly any flavor combination.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bar Recipe

A local farmer’s market near me had rhubarb. I don’t generally do much with rhubarb. I like it, but it’s not my favorite thing to bake with. Still, these stalks were a beautiful deep red and I couldn’t help getting a dozen stalks of this sweet vegetable. (Don’t forget, you can only eat the stalks, the leaves are poisonous).

Obviously strawberries and rhubarb are a classic pairing. I didn’t want to make pie. I like pie, but I don’t love it. Continue reading “Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bar Recipe”

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The Ultimate Roast Beef Sandwich

Sometimes you just want a sandwich. I find myself especially interested in sandwiches during the hot summer months. You don’t need to turn on the oven or wash too many dishes. Now you can always slap some deli meat between two slices of bread and call it a day; many times I do just that. But sometimes I want a bit more. Inspired by ‘Wichcraft, a local NYC chain and cookbook entirely devoted to making gourmet sandwiches, I kicked my sandwich up a couple of notches.

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