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Nobody puts cookie in the corner

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…but they should By Paula Johnson Photo: Angostura sugar cubes make a great gift, and a perfect addition to champagne cocktails. Breaking the mold on ho-hum hostess gifting It’s that time of year when your calendar is filled with holiday gatherings and parties, and a gift is required for the host. So you find yourself […]

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Paula’s Palate: Holiday recipes 11/17/15

Three-C Cookies Makes 2 to 21/2 dozen 3” cookies I developed this recipe as a way of combining some of my favorite decadent things to eat: cashews, (white) chocolate, and coconut. Since these all start with the letter “C,” I named them Three-C Cookies.  I was sodisappointed the first time I made these—they didn’t taste anything as […]

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Fondue me, Baby!

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How I found dinner party success with hot oil, duct tape, and sharp objects Now is the time when heavy yellow peaches with coral blush skins give way to crisp tart apples and pears. Yes, it’s fall, and the time for summer barbecue has passed as well. But what if I told you there’s another […]

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Let’s meat up

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From grain to grill: everything you need to know By Paula Johnson Photo: Julia Garner as “Sage” and Lily Tomlin as Elle Reid in “Grandma” Cue the strains of Aaron Copland and hear the sizzle and pop of fat rendering in a volcanically hot skillet. Beef. Nothing smells as appetizing cooking, and tastes quite as […]

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Law & Disorder: 4/25

Broken brandy bottle A family left for church in the morning. When they returned, they noticed their motion-sensor alarm system […]