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Apple Upside-Down Skillet Corn Cake

Apple Upside-Down Skillet Corn Cake

I never used to like upside-down cake because I always thought it had to be made with canned pineapple and maraschino cherries. (For some reason, I was convinced those preternaturally red cherries must cause cancer; then I grew up and realized you can get cancer from just about anything.) As it turns out, when fresh fruits are used, I am an upside- down-cake craftsman. I mastered the perfect batter and then fine-tuned the fruit bottoms to include my favorite fruits like this apple. For a big show (and God knows I love dinner party showmanship), at your next dinner party,...

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GRAPEFRUIT SAUCE

GRAPEFRUIT SAUCE

You'll probably never think about maple syrup again.

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Cherry Spice Cookies

Cherry Spice Cookies

Aleksandr Petrovsky/The Russian (Mikhail Barishnikov's charachter) in Season 6/Episode 9 of Sex and the City introduced us to Cherry Verenya -The wonderful sweet and sour cherry syrup Russians use to sweeten their tea. These Cherry Spice Cookies are everything we think the Russian would love. Spicy, crunchy and not too sweet...delicious and beautiful.  Cherry Spice Cookies(cherry verenya icing)Serves 18What you need:3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg pinch of allspice 1 teaspoon baking soda pinch of salt 2 large egg yolks 1 cup honey 1 teaspoon vanilla paste 3/4 cup sugar Cherry...

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CRISPY SALMON AND WATERMELON SALSA

CRISPY SALMON AND WATERMELON SALSA

Crispy Salmon and Watermelon Salsa serves 4 What you need: 2 tablespoons canola oil
4 (6 ounce) salmon fillets (skin on) 4 cups diced watermelon 1 bunch cilantro, chopped 4 mint sprigs, chopped (plus more for garnish) ½ jalapeno, finely diced 
¼ red onion, diced Juice of one lime
¼ cup chopped pecans
Flake sea salt Coarsely ground black pepper What To Do: 
1. Prep Salmon: Pat salmon dry and liberally season with salt and pepper. 2. Cook Salmon: Place a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat and heat until hot. Add 2 tablespoons canola oil. When oil starts to shimmer, place the...

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