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FALAFEL

You know those warring Philly Cheese Steak spots across the street from each other in Philadelphia? Well, welcome to the French version, falafel-style. On this narrow street in the Marais, falafel joints compete for your affections, but L’As Dus Fallafel won my heart in the end. Literally my best bite in Paris and only 5 euro.  This blend of crunchy, […]
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AUNT TINA’S CHECKERBOARD CAKE

I’ve teased my Aunt Tina that her buttermilk cake recipe is the foundation of her cake repertoire, and I’m not wrong. The buttermilk cake is a perfect vanilla cake – moist, not too sweet, and so versatile – so it’s no surprise it has served as the bedrock for most of my aunt’s vintage inspired cakes. In this recipe, it […]
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FUNFETTI CAKE

In the last few years we’ve had some new additions to our family: Jack, Wolfie, and Marlowe, my little cousins. Thomas family birthday cakes have always been my Aunt Tina’s expertise, and while we usually do devil’s food or mango cake for the adults, for the little ones Tina has gone in a much more festive direction. Funfetti cake! But […]
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BUTTERMILK MANGO CAKE

“Everyone loves this cake.” When my Aunt Tina and I baked this cake together, I asked her how the mango cake stacked up against her pantheon of vintage cakes. The mango cake, even though it doesn’t sounds like an instant crowd pleaser the way Funfetti or Dark Chocolate does, simply makes everyone happy. It’s not too sweet, has a bit […]
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CHEDDAR JALAPEÑO GREEN ONION DONUTS

These are my new favorite things. Savory donuts, easily baked, and full of spicy goodness.  The texture stays light and fluffy, so you can eat wayyyyyyy too many of these before you realize you’re a brunch monster.  I might even try making these with corn meal, as sort of an epic breakfast cornbread situation.  But until then, nom nom nom […]
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IRISH PANCAKES

So you had too much whiskey and green beer, eh? No judgement: I enjoy a bit of whiskey myself being of Welsh decent, but I’m going to go out on a limb and assume you need a hang over cure.  So, imagine if pancakes and english muffins had a baby.  Soft, fluffy, and warm, but also filled with nooks and […]
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SEVENTH DUCHESS SCONES

Food should be nourishing and delicious. It sounds simple, right? With sweets especially, it can be so hard to find treats that are as good to eat as they are for you. My friend Laurel, the baker behind the grain-free and refined-sugar-free (and sometimes vegan) goodness known as Sweet Laurel Bakery, has shared some of her simplest and most satisfying […]
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PISTACHIO ROSE LAYER CAKE

Food should be nourishing and delicious. It sounds simple, right? With sweets especially, it can be so hard to find treats that are as good to eat as they are for you. My friend Laurel, the baker behind the grain-free and refined-sugar-free (and sometimes vegan) goodness known as Sweet Laurel Bakery, has shared some of her simplest and most satisfying […]
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VEGAN + GLUTEN FREE CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM

Gluten Free/Vegan baking can conjure up images of cardboard dry cakes and “buttercream” interpretations that simply don’t come close to the real thing.  And here’s the reason why: You can’t replace butter. Trying to recreate ingredients leads to hyped up expectations and definitely some disappointments.  You know what works? Using great ingredients that have a ton of flavor. That way, […]
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TINA’S EPIC CRACKLE CAKE

This is another classic “Tina Cake” that pops up at some family gathering at least once a year.  Inspired by a cake she enjoyed as a special treat on outings to Blum’s with her mother, this dessert is an absolute showstopper. It looks insane, and tastes even better. Light and airy but with a surprising crunch, you’ll be embarrassed by […]
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