Strawberry Cream Cake

Strawberry cream cake with whipped cream and topped with berries

Strawberry Cream Cake is a love song to fresh strawberries, just-picked! So fragrant and light, similar to strawberry shortcake, this dessert is a crowd-pleaser. On a drive up north here in Michigan, we recently heard a TED talk about the Blue Zones. These are the few communities around the world that have something important in…

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Valentine’s Day Recipes. Very sweet.

I’m thinking my inherent tic against all things cliché is owing to having been a lit major, a lit junkie programmed to ruthlessly weed those bad boys out of my writing. Perhaps it started there, but then it creeped into to pretty much every other aspect of life, from spoken word to interior design: no…

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Strawberry Rose Cheesecake Recipe, with labneh

I was on the hunt for strawberries for all kinds of reasons. Number one: the presence of strawberries at the farmer’s market Up North would mean that the soil, the air, the sun and sky were, at long long last, generous enough to give us a taste of summer. Secondly, last Friday was the first…

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Strawberry Rose Fool. My Favorite Bakeless Sweet.

I could talk about how summer is so very hot (not here) and you don’t want to turn on the oven. I could say here’s what to do when you have a profusion of berries (not here, yet), and want to make something simple with them (yes, here). We are so drawn to: It’s fast!…

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Favorite Things: A Berry Bowl

The berry bowl is, simply put, a colander that’s pretty enough to go from sink to table. I’ve been infatuated with this little white berry bowl that I bought years ago and that I’ve managed to keep with me despite all of the moves. Seems like with every big pack-up and un-pack, one of my…

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My Mom’s Best Pie Crust

My Mom’s no-butter pie crust is heavenly…ultra flakey with a hint of salt. And the kicker: no butter! Perfectly vegan. Use the 10-inch double crust recipe for single-crust pies (more dough to work with for crimping the edges; tuck the extra under the perimeter). Everyone who knows my mother knows that the hallmark of her character…

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A June Menu: Lebanese Lunch Alfresco

There are few things we Aboods enjoy more than sitting around talking about what to cook and what to eat next. I suspect the same is true for at least some of you…. We get after it whether there’s a party to plan, a weekend dinner, or just lunch outside. Ideas fly and it’s a…

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Cream Puffs with Strawberries, for Mom

Cream puff with strawberries on a pink and white vintage plate

As you can imagine, exam time in culinary school can be stressful. We had three of them, and the first was in some ways the most challenging. That’s because we just didn’t know what to expect, having never taken a culinary practical exam and having watched far too many episodes of Iron Chef. The initial…

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Ingredient: Vanilla Beans

I’m a sucker for fragrant flavorings like rose water and orange blossom water. Vanilla is no less of a swoon for me, and I find its creamy, heady scent to be anything but bland. Why must we insist on calling the boring, the plain, vanilla? No more! Without vanilla, pastry would be lost, especially the…

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