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Bake the Book: Ample Hills Creamery: Secrets and Stories from Brooklyn's Favorite Ice Cream Shop

My homemade bittersweet chocolate ice cream.

Cook the Book: 'The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone' by Deborah Madison

Curried Couscous Salad with Dried Cranberries.

Bake the Book: Frenchie

Chocolate Croissant.

Open Thread: What's the Best Frozen Pizza?

Newman's Own Thin and Crispy Four Cheese Pizza.

What's For Dinner?

I had orange spiced chicken with basmati rice and green beans.

Bake the Book: The Model Bakery Cookbook

Chocolate Croissants.

What food would you miss most as a vegan?

Cheese! Also, eggs - not so much for cooking, but for baking.

Cook the Book: 'Spain' by Jeff Koehler

Seafood Paella.

Bake the Book: The Irish Pantry

Rice, pasta, etc., etc.

Cook the Book: 'Daniel: My French Cuisine' by Daniel Boulud

Stress-Baking: Any good recipe suggestions?

I like doing anything with chocolate. Here are my favorite chocolate chip cookies and brownies (I do some tweaks on both of them):
Chocolate Chip Cookies - Thomas Keller
http://www.foodgal.com/2009/06/tantalizing-preview-ad-hoc-chocolate-chip-cookie-recipe-by-thomas-keller/
The Baked Brownie - from "Baked: New Frontiers in Baking"
http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2010/10/08/the-baked-brownie/

Stress-Baking: Any good recipe suggestions?

Wow, Traveller! - I'm coming to your house!

Cook the Book: 'One Good Dish' by David Tanis

Penne with a mushroom/shallot/wine sauce.

Cookie Monster: Mini Macaroons

Immerse them in bittersweet chocolate, and I'm all in!

Bake the Book: The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Book of Pie

Chocolate Cream Pie.

4 Foods of the Apocalypse

I couldn't live without chocolate, so I'd have to list dark chocolate as number one. After that, it would be chicken, eggs, and extra sharp cheddar - although I would miss having some greens - oh well...

Best day for cooking...what is in your oven?

Nothing in the oven - I'm making dark chocolate truffles.

Suggestions for leftover jams?

You can make this cake - it's delicious:
ORANGE MARMALADE COFFEECAKE
http://www.preparedpantry.com/recipes/Orange-Marmalade-Coffeecake-Recipe.htm

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Thermapen Thermometer

The Serious Eats Cheese and Wine Pairing Cheat Sheet

Great article, but I'm surprised you didn't mention Sauvignon Blanc to pair with "Fresh and Soft Cheeses."

What did Santa bring you?

I received a 4-month gift certificate to a wine club. I'll be getting 2 wines a month, one white and one red.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: High Road Ice Cream 6-Pack

Deep dark chocolate ice cream with roasted almonds and toasted coconut.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Thermapen Thermometer

Caramel sauce.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Phantom of the Fridge Secret Stash

Crackers and cheese.

The Food Lab: The Science of the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are my absolute favorites, and I've tested tons of chocolate chip cookies. They're ultra crispy on the edges, ultra chewy in the centers, and have a perfect taste. (I decrease both sugars a little, and use semi-sweet chopped chocolate).
From Thomas Keller:
http://www.foodgal.com/2009/06/tantalizing-preview-ad-hoc-chocolate-chip-cookie-recipe-by-thomas-keller/

What's for dinner tonight?

What's for dinner tonight? We're having rainbow trout with a white wine/butter/garlic sauce with a little lemon juice, chives, thyme, and chervil. Brown rice and roasted broccoli and cauliflower on the side.
Dessert will be later - something deep chocolatey.

5 Non-Lame Treats to Make for Your Valentine

Oh, Valentine's Day. As a chocolatier, I can certainly wear the cynical hat. I have nothing against the holiday, per se. It's just all the gifts people get each other tend to be saccharine, tacky, and/or cliché—and tend to cost an unnecessary amount of money. Accordingly, here's a list of five non-lame things you can whip up at home. They're quick, easy, and only as cutesy as you want to make them. More