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Chocolate Orange Olive Oil Cake, a marbled marvel

This chocolate orange olive oil cake is a winner. It’s a spin on a cake that appeared in chocolate-guru Alice Medrich’s book Bittersweet (still totally worthwhile for anyone serious about baking with chocolate). That version, which she called her tiger cake, was a marbled olive oil cake with chocolate and white pepper. And I made …

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Baked Sweet Potatoes stuffed with Marinated Feta

This baked sweet potato stuffed with marinated feta is perfectly balanced between hot and cold, sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy, bright and mellow. It’s a spin on a stuffed baked potato. But this time it’s a sweet potato, and the filling takes a turn for the Mediterranean with salty olives and tangy feta and …

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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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Lemon Balsamic Grilled Chicken and Asparagus

I’m bringing you a simple one today. It’s a lemon balsamic grilled chicken. It comes from Ruth Reichl’s lovely My Kitchen Year. Which is just the sort of cookbook to turn to in a time of upheaval because it’s about her life in the wake of the abrupt shuttering of Gourmet Magazine (where she was editor) and the ways …

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Chile-Lime Squash and Chickpea Salad

Fall has always been my favorite season. Lately, I’ve been focusing on the particular pleasures of the autumnal shift. The apples and the sweaters and the foliage and pictures of my friends’ with their baby on her first visit to a pumpkin patch. Stuff that makes me feel good. Like new socks. My dog’s tentative …

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