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Blog Recipes and Tips From Julia Usher

Category: Other Sweets

December 26, 2013

Perfect Pâte á Choux

Adapted from the pâte á choux recipe in Madeleine Kamman’s The Making of a Cook, this basic formulation can be used with both sweet and...

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August 9, 2013

Rhubarb-Ginger Compote

Vacation is for keeping it simple with easy and versatile dishes - especially when you spend your work week, as I do, decorating lavish...

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May 5, 2013

White Modeling Chocolate

Hey, have you mastered semisweet modeling chocolate yet? If so, it’s time to advance to the white chocolate version. As yummy as the...

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May 5, 2013

Semisweet Modeling Chocolate

Recently I’ve heard some trepidation about modeling chocolate expressed within my circles on the internet. But, truly, there’s nothing to...

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November 26, 2012

Pistachio-Cranberry Brittle

I miss my mother-in-law. I don’t think I told many of you, but she passed away this fall. If you’ve lost someone you love, you know: the...

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May 14, 2012

Campy Cookie-Cake Pops

More assembly instructions than detailed baking how-to, this interactive (read: get-your-hands-dirty) dessert is infinitely adaptable! The...

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March 4, 2012

Espresso Granita Parfait

I liken this dessert to tiramisu, but without all of the carbs. Sans the traditional ladyfingers and with the espresso turned into ice, its...

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August 29, 2011

White Chocolate-Lavender Panna Cotta

A slightly more conservative, but equally tasty, spin on my orange-scented White Chocolate-Basil Panna Cotta!

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June 26, 2011

Rugosa Rose Syrup

For some, summer in New England is marked by early morning wake-up calls from fishing boats revving up in the harbor for their day’s work....

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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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