Category Archives: Desserts

Silver Palate Pie Crust

2 1/2 c. unbleached flour 2 t. sugar 1 t. salt 8 T. chilled butter (1 stick) 6 T. leaf lard, vegetable shortening, or more butter, chilled 5-6 T. ice water, as needed Sift flour, sugar, and salt into a … Continue reading

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Rhubarb Custard Pie

When I was a kid on the West Coast, my family seldom ate rhubarb.  After moving East, I  soon learned to appreciate this humble vegetable (a fruit in NY), which peeks through the cold ground in spring . . . … Continue reading

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Strawberry Shortcake

One of the best things about the arrival of late spring/early summer is the appearance of strawberries in season. Since I’m in D.C. this year, what I customarily think of as a June treat is a phenomenon of mid-May. I … Continue reading

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Almond Bars

This recipe comes from one of mom’s colleagues, and produces great results. The bars are quick, easy, and delicious with a cup of tea. If done right, you’ll swear they’re made of marzipan. The key is not to overcook them: … Continue reading

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