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Raspberry Lemon Muffins, jammy and light

There are those who dismiss the muffin as a cupcake without frosting. But, well, they’re wrong. And they’re missing out. Muffins are a similar-looking but entirely different creature. Muffins have a craggy, irregular crumb structure unlike the aerated, regular, sliceable cupcake interior. And muffins tend to have significantly less sugar and sometimes they have whole …

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Clarified English Milk Punch, clear and cold

The words “milk punch” might be deceiving here. This isn’t a rich, creamy heavy drink like eggnog. Rather it’s a clarified milk punch, an English style of milk punch that David Wondrich, in his excellent book Punch, tells us dates back to 1711, in which you intentionally curdle the milk with citrus and through the strange …

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Homemade Tonic Syrup for the best Gin and Tonic

A gin and tonic is a fine drink. It’s tough to beat on a summer day, with its effervescence and its botanical fragrance and its hit of citrus. Its anti-malarial properties from quinine famously protected the British from malaria in India and Africa, a complicated sort of honor in the way that the project of global …

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Negroni Pâte de Fruit

I recently watched the first episode of the new season of Netflix’s excellent documentary series Chef’s Table. It focused on Grant Achatz, the highly acclaimed chef behind Chicago’s own Alinea, Next, The Aviary, and Roister. It was a compelling episode, in part because it is so satisfying to watch a person doing what he so clearly should be …

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