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Bake the Book: Say It With Cake!

tiramisu (a little boring perhaps, but so easy to make!)

Bake the Book: Glazed, Filled, Sugared, & Dipped

glazed yeast donuts with chocolate frosting (and sprinkles!)

Cook the Book: 'The French Market Cookbook'

aloo gobi (although I usually pick out the aloo -- I love cauliflower)

Building Trust in a Restaurant Setting

I think my sister and I have always been the reverse -- we go out to dinner for the desserts! My parents always joked that we had second stomaches, because when the server finished clearing the dinner plates, we were always up for dessert, preferably chocolate!

I am generally up for anything that has chocolate in it, and the older I get, the more I enjoy fruit-based desserts as well. In fact, one of my favorite desserts was an orange cake with a glaze. I have no idea what the recipe was, but it was light and very morish.

The only thing that I really care about, is that servers know what is in the dessert. I am a vegetarian, so I don't want a dessert with gelatin, or with a cheese that has an animal rennet. When servers aren't clear on what is in the desserts, I lose trust in the kitchen.

I don't go out very often, so I like to try new things, especially things that I either cannot make myself or would take too much effort. Also, since most places have 1-2 vegetarian dishes, I always get really excited when for dessert I get a real choice of 4-5 items!

Bake the Book: Pie

Chocolate sweet potato pecan pie!

Cook the Book: 'Little Jars, Big Flavors'

Whole pickled onions! I eat these by the jar when I can find them!

Bake the Book: Le Pain Quotidien Cookbook

I have a weakness for freshly popped popcorn!

A Morning with the Donut Robot at 606 R&D in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

A small correction: the Kickstarter raised more than 10,000 (not 100,000)

Milk chocolate bar

I recently made a super decadent hot chocolate with a milk chocolate bar. Just add milk, a little cream, melt chocolate and serve with some whipped cream. It was perfect after coming in from watching fireworks!

Cook the Book: 'Ultimate Nachos'

Salsa, melted cheddar cheese, and guac!

Help Planning Christmas Eve Dinner

Thank you very much for your ideas! I really like the sauce or soup idea because I can make it well in advance!

Serious Holiday Giveaway: The Baking Steel

Heaps of grilled and roasted veggies! (Almost any kind will do, but I am particularly partial to anything in the allium family.)