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Cook the Book: Cheese Ball with Cumin, Mint, and Pistachios

According to author and recipe tester extraordinaire Amanda Hesser, this cheese ball was introduced in 2003, when the classic appetizer had moved out of the mainstream and into the world of the deliciously ironic. Cream cheese and goat cheese are whipped together with a whole slew of bright, thrilling flavors: lemon zest, cumin, coriander, fresh mint, and thinly sliced celery hearts. More

Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Far be it from me to argue with a curried pumpkin soup, or a pumpkin soup with pancetta, or a pumpkin soup with dancing croutons. I love those guys, I really do. What they aren't, though—what they'll never be—is the good old classic pumpkin soup that got us all hooked on pumpkin soup in the first place. Nope, they aren't The One. But this is. More

Cook the Book: Chicken Liver Crostini

Franny's take on modern Italian begins with a great selection of appetizers including incredibly rich Chicken Liver Crostini. By adding capers, anchovies, rosemary, and sage to the browned livers the pâté takes on an incredible depth of flavor. And while the pâté could happily be spread on slices of rustic bread, at Franny's they up the ante by adding a smear of mayo and a crisp slice of pancetta. More

Easy Artichoke Dip

Although in theory this dip should serve six, I find that people get a little strange around artichoke dip. They elbow each other out of the way and scoop a little too much onto their bread. Be ye warned, you... More

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