Chocolate (From Simple Cookies to Extravagant Showstoppers)

Book Review by Norene Gilletz

This decadent cake is perfect for last-minute entertaining and because it contains no flour, it also makes an excellent Passover dessert. The recipe comes from Chocolate (From Simple Cookies to Extravagant Showstoppers) by Nick Malgieri. The subtitle describes the book perfectly! Winner of the 1998 Julia Child Cookbook Award, Baking Category, this is a must-have for everyone’s cookbook shelf. The colored photographs are almost good enough to eat!

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The Baker’s Dozen Cookbook

Book Review by Norene Gilletz

If you want to become a better baker, you need a copy of The Baker’s Dozen Cookbook. This tip-packed book contains the collective experiences and favorite recipes of some of the most respected and accomplished bakers in the business. Learn the secrets of making perfect pastries, breads, coffee cakes, muffins, cheesecakes and cookies.

These tender little cakes deliver a gush of bittersweet chocolate sauce from within and can be prepared well ahead of baking. Mmmm!

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Season’s Eatings!

The holidays are coming – and so are your guests! So much work, so little time! Holiday preparations can be overwhelming. Here are some suggestions to simplify preparations and help you get organized.

Make your guest list – the people you want, and the people you have to invite! Plan your menu carefully if you have invited guests with special dietary needs (i.e. diabetics, vegetarians, people on restrictive diets). I always include some of my family’s favorite dishes, plus a few new ones.

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