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Just Plain Flaky

The masters at preparing pie crust know the secret of keeping the crust flaky: handle with care. If there’s time for pie baking around this cookery, it’s Thanksgiving time. I’m testing pie crust recipes this week in preparation for an early celebration with guests on their way soon.

Get personal . . . with your own cookbook

TasteBook has unveiled a hard copy cookbook that gets very personal. It enables you to personalize a collection of recipes in a cookbook, enhanced far beyond many of the “photo memory” books on the market the past few years. Who doesn’t appreciate the convenience of borrowing recipes and ideas from food sites and blogs?  Electronic copies free up …

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Celebrity chefs inspire with dates

Jack and Annie dropped by the cookery this weekend. These two children’s literature characters are always cooking up curiosity with young readers. Mary Pope Osborne planted the seed for our next cookery adventure with dates. In her Magic Tree House series #34, “Season of the Sandstorms,” Jack and Annie shake the delicate fruit from date palm trees in the desert. …

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Food writing with Monica Bhide

Food writers and food writers in the making: take a break from your recipes and browse Monica Bhide’s site. http://mbhide.typepad.com/my_weblog/ An established food writer and cookbook author who eats locally but cooks globally, Monica is challenging readers to pay it forward. She’ll be giving away a food writing class and a food writing phone consultation.  So …

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Bookmark the Foodie BlogRoll

The Foodie BlogRoll continues to roll with inspiration and energy.  With a small bow to The Leftover Queen and The Foodie Blogroll, here’s a note of appreciation for this diverse collection of food blogs. Check out the site’s 5 Random Blogs. If you’re looking for ideas, answers, menus and more, this well of foodie resources serves it up on …

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Temperatures rise over grilling dispute-one hot dish

New town, new tastes, new challenges. That’s part of the fun of moving to Austin and prepping meals together around this cookery.  It all started with the bargain purchase of “Cooking from the Hip,” by Cat Cora. I couldn’t resist adding this cookbook to the cookery collection. It was marked down last week to $3.99 at Borders.  …

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Browsing the shelves at the Craig Claiborne Book Store

Occasionally . . . it’s essential to make time for food adventures.  Last week, I joined two friends for a visit to the Culinary Institute of America.  If you appreciate the world of food and you’re within shouting distance, this is one destination you shouldn’t miss.  In addition to enjoying our “dining out,” the trip resulted in a …

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Cookbook Rummage

Every day is earth day here in the cookery.  I’m rummaging through a stack of used cookbooks I found at the library.  Instead of chucking these dusty volumes into the dumpster, someone placed them on the “Help Yourself” cart at a local library.  Some are great, others not so great.  But what’s old can be new again.  Marguerite …

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