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Blog Recipes and Tips From Julia Usher

August 11, 2010

Maine Blueberry Pancakes

Most visitors to Vacationland busy themselves with swimming or hiking or sailing. And me? Well, truth be told: as much as I subscribe to...

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August 1, 2010

Refrigerator Dill Pickles

To the uninitiated, pickles can be off-putting. Any food that vies for blue ribbons at the state fair automatically implies a certain level...

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July 3, 2010

Lemon Pavlova

By the mid-1920s, Russian prima ballerina Anna Pavlova had become such a superstar that one ardent chef-admirer created the world’s most...

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June 14, 2010

White Chocolate-Basil Panna Cotta

Pretty soon basil will be flooding farmers’ markets, overstuffing fridges . . . and launching most home cooks into pesto overdrive. Sure,...

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June 11, 2010

Hello, Summer

Normally I’m not one to relish the unexpected house guest, but when summer descended on my little island home-away-from-home of Stonington,...

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June 1, 2010

Cheddar-Chive Pinwheel Biscuits

A handful of ingredients. Check! A minimum of kneading. Check! Plus, a pretty pinwheel pattern on top. Check! Yes, indeed, these one-bowl...

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May 31, 2010

Rhubarb-Strawberry Granita Parfait

Though granita, sorbet’s icier cousin, is most often consumed mid-meal as a palate cleanser, its lightness (no fat!) makes it an ideal...

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May 5, 2010

PB&J Sandwich Cookies

Moms, this tasty sandwich is as close to the perfect Mother’s Day cookie as you’ll find. Whether a gift from your kids to you (start...

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May 4, 2010

Cinnamon-Walnut Crescent Cookies

My Mom is a fanatic for all things fresh, so I guess it should come as no surprise that I spent a ton of time with her in the kitchen as I...

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April 5, 2010

Postcard Place Card

I’ve got vintage postcards for every major holiday. Often, I just tuck them into tabletop vignettes to help convey the seasonal party...

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