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Not-really-graham crackers

Even as a child, I’ve enjoyed graham crackers…and I love graham crack crusts in cheese cakes and pies. Thing is, this particular recipe does not contain graham flour. However, it is flexible in terms of flavorings: Although I almost always use cinnamon, you can also throw in ginger powder, cloves, allspice, cardamon, or whatever spices […]

Hazelnut & date bars, with a touch of chocolate

I’m rather picky about what goes into snack bars: What kind of nuts? (No walnuts or pecans, if I can avoid them.) And I’d prefer the absence of dried coconut. Not too sweet, as I don’t want a sugar rush that results in a headachey crash — dried fruits are good, as long as they […]

Roasted Chestnuts

One of those ephemeral pleasures of winter. I wonder if they have to import them to California. When selecting chestnuts, make sure they’re dry, dense and firm. Soft ones might indicate mold or rotting. How to roast chestnuts Preheat oven to 450F degrees. Wipe off any dirt. Using a strong, sharp knife (e.g., a good […]