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Birthday Celebrations chez Shafroth

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Late August/early September is a busy birthday time for us. My mother-law turned 80 this year quickly followed by my husband and taking up the rear is my daughter who is turning 5 this week. Luckily, we have a favorite cake and cupcake recipe. 1,2,3,4 Cake is a classic yellow cake that we generously top with […]

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Quick Pickle Love

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Pickles are one of the most brilliant items that can grace a plate and accent a dish. With a salty, sour, sometimes sweet punch; it’s a win win.  Seriously, what would sushi be without pickled ginger?  Two years ago, I received a fantastic book called Quick Pickles – Easy Recipes for Quick Flavor.  You can purchase used at […]

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Zucchini Coming Out of Your Ears, Part 1

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If there is one poor bastard vegetable of the garden, it is the overgrown zucchini. You know what we are talking about. A well intended family member or neighbor arrives at your door bearing a two pound zucchini and wants to know “Can you do something with this?” Flavoristas are not afraid of a few […]

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Fantastic Fannie

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The original Fanny Farmer, born Mary Watson Merritt, is best known for having standardized American cooking measurements . Instead of “1 teacup full” and “a pat of butter the size of an egg” she designed our current system of cups, teaspoons, tablespoons.  She was a reluctant student of the Boston School of Cooking and later became […]

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