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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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Orange Ginger Scones with Crème Fraîche Icing

Sometimes you want a special breakfast. Something that feels like it came from a bakery. But you don’t want to put your shoes on and you want to be able to eat it before your mind wanders to lunch. That’s where these orange ginger scones come in. They’re dead simple to make. The dough comes …

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Chewy Citrus Molasses Spice Cookies

I’ve been slow to get into the holiday spirit this winter. I’ve tried. I watched the charming A Very Murray Christmas on Netflix. I’ve listened to some of my favorite holiday music—Vince Guaraldi, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, The Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York,” The Pretenders’ “2000 Miles,” Joni Mitchell’s “River”—and none of it has quite …

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Smoked Barrel-Aged Negroni (in an iSi whipper)

A few years ago, bartenders went crazy for barrel-aging cocktails. The idea is simple: make a large batch of a cocktail, put it in a barrel (preferably one that’s been used for aging bourbon or wine) and let the cocktail age, mellow, oxidize a bit, and take on the flavor of the wood. It’s basically …

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