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Bombay Rolls, a genius savory appetizer

Stop what you’re doing right now. Make a list to pick up puff pastry, cilantro, mint, some finger chiles or serrano peppers, sharp cheddar cheese, a lemon, and some red onion the next time you go to the grocery store. Because you want to make these Bombay rolls. (Unless you’re a cilantro hater, in which …

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Easy Chocolate Shortbread Tart Crust

This simple chocolate shortbread tart crust is a favorite. It’s a variation on my favorite no-fuss easy shortbread tart crust that transformed my tart baking from high stress to no sweat. There’s no fancy equipment, no rolling anything out, no chilling. Just stir, press into the pan, and bake. This one keeps all of the …

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Strawberry Rhubarb Buckle, a rustic fruit-laden cake

This strawberry rhubarb buckle is just the thing to bake right now. “Now” meaning, whenever you’re reading this and happen to be in the possession of some rhubarb and strawberries. Buckles are part of the family of unfussy fruit desserts that includes things like crisps and crumbles and cobblers (and if you want a rhubarb …

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Apple Pie, a flaky apple-cinnamon classic

Classic apple pie, when it’s good, is a delight to eat. And when it’s mediocre, well, it’s still pretty good. And for years, I made mediocre apple pies. I mean, they were good enough, especially when they were accompanied by a scoop of ice cream or a cup of piping hot coffee, but they weren’t …

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