Puff, the magic pastry

I once made puff pastry from scratch. That’s why I now buy it at the store. When done right, puff pastry is almost supernatural. You take a thin, flat piece of dough, bake it, and it puffs up into a work of art many times its original size, with hundreds of the thinnest, flakiest, most delicate…

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A grandfather’s coconut pie

Coconut pie was one of my maternal grandfather’s signature desserts. He would normally prepare them on a Saturday afternoon so they would be ready for Sunday dinner. I loved sitting at the red Formica table in the kitchen as Papa laid out all his ingredients. I watched him carefully measure out his sugar, cornstarch and coconut.…

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New drinks, food and cards at Starbucks

Starbucks has two new drinks including its latest Salted Caramel Mocha Crumble with espresso, milk, mocha sauce and toffee nut syrup. It is then topped with whipped cream, caramel drizzle, Starbucks Sea Salt and brownie bits. Chestnut White Chocolate Truffle is a combination of Starbucks signature espresso, chestnut flavor and white chocolate sauce topped with whipped…

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