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Blog Recipes and Tips From Julia Usher


I started cooking alongside my mother I-won’t-say-how-many years ago. I guess those habits learned at any early age are hard to break, as I’m still dreaming up recipes at a rapid pace. Be sure to check back here often for the latest additions, both savory and sweet, to my recipe file. And don’t be daunted by the length of any recipe. I like to fully script out all steps, so that every recipe is do-able, even for novice cooks and bakers!

Red Raspberry-Rose Sorbet
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June 22, 2015

Pecan Dacquoise

The country cousin of the fancy macaron, dacquoise has all the same great flavor and texture, but none of the hassle! Layer these nutty...

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June 21, 2015

Super Chocolate-Rosemary Ice Cream

Originally written for Chocolatier (now Dessert Professional) magazine, this recipe is wonderful (and easy) with or without the rosemary....

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February 28, 2014

Bailey’s Irish Cream Ice Cream with Guinness Stout Caramel Ripple and Syrup

Looking for a perfect St. Patty’s Day dessert? Well then, this recipe is your lucky charm! There’s nothing much easier or tastier than my...

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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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December 25, 2013

Horseradish Mousse

A casual dollop of this zippy accompaniment does wonders atop smoked fish or roasted or grilled meat. (The 3 tablespoons of horseradish...

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August 9, 2013

Rhubarb-Sour Cream Streusel Coffee Cake

As I promised a post or so ago, here’s my simple Rhubarb-Ginger Compote souped up in a sour cream streusel coffee cake! (Betcha can’t say...

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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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July 25, 2013

Cutout Cookie Gingerbread

High on spice yet relatively delicate in texture, this dough is perfect for 2-D cookies and small-scale 3-D construction projects, like my...

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May 28, 2013

Largely Unadulterated Crab Salad

When seafood goes straight from the water to your local market - as it does here on my island home-away-from-home in Stonington, Maine -...

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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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