Silver Palate Banana Bread

When life gives you rotten bananas, make banana bread. In fact, seek a copy of the 1980's best selling Silver Palate Cookbook, turn to page 305, and be ready for the world's best banana bread recipe. This is an all butter quick bread with a bit of whole wheat flour thrown in to give it a moist, hearty texture and a satisfying bite. So beloved is this bread at Weston Table that we intentionally buy extra bananas in hopes that someone in our test kitchen will notice and bake up a nutty afternoon tea loaf.

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Yummy Chewy & Flat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hands down this is the best chocolate chip cookie: impressive size, crispy edges and a chewy, gooey center—a trip down memory lane for many who crave their mama's baking. Make sure there is milk in the refrigerator when these babies come out of the oven.

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Year of the Pig Dumplings

This February 5th marks the beginning of the Year of the Pig and the lucky folks with this birth year are characteristically wealthy, hard working, and realistic. What better way to celebrate than with mouth watering soft, stuffed, made at home dumplings served with a smokey tasting dipping sauce made with Chinese black rice vinegar? Invite guests to come and wrap with you and then serve up plates of good luck for the coming year.

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Almond Jello with Syrupy Cherries

Far from the jiggly, neon colored jello of the 1970's, this cloud colored gelatin dessert shows up on Chinese restaurant Dim Sum carts across America. For those less adventurous ethnic food eaters, this dessert provides the perfect mellow jumping off poin....for those experienced global eaters, hide the spoons--this fruity jello has a way of disappearing without a trace.

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The Bender

With nicknames like, Dutch Courage, Strip me Naked, White Satin, Mother's Ruin, and Cuckold's Comfort, it is no wonder the mention of gin conjures up images of less savory experiences. The history of gin includes greedy monarchs, a pairing of hot gin and gingerbread, the British Royal Navy, anti-malarial agents, bootlegging, and old-fashioned romanticizing of the spirit in television shows such as Mad Men & Downton Abbey.

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Pastéis de Nata

What do early 19th century Portuguese Monks do when they need to earn a steady income? They learn to bake and sell pastries. And none is so famous as the Pastéis de Nata egg pastry that may be found at nearly every bakery and coffee shop in Lisbon. Crispy on the outside, sweet and creamy on the inside,  the pastel de nata is a local treasure. Hot out of the oven they are at their best.

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Vermont Skiing Fondue

The 18th century Swiss fondue using aged cheese and wine to make stale bread palatable, is as much a social eating tradition as it is a culinary one. Remind family and friends that they must not drop meat, bread, fruit, or veggies into the pot. Folklore suggests that anyone who loses their food in the cheese must kiss the person sitting next to them--a peck on the cheek is all that is required.

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Icelandic Chocolate Cake

The recipe is simple and like all good food, the quality of the ingredients determines the outcome of the finished cake. Do splurge on the chocolate and the Irish butter. Shhh--only the baker needs to know that this is a melt-in-the-mouth, six ingredient, ten minute to mix cake. 

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Roasted Carrots & Carrot Top Pesto

 It is gratifying to to cook root-to-leaf and it showcases unimagined flavor possibilities. Roasting root vegetables such as carrots at high heat and serving them topped with their own gorgeous greens, these roasted carrots, inspired by Diva Bakes, a café in Kinsale, Ireland, are good for the earth, beautiful to look at, and good for you.

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Blueberry Cassis Galette

A specialty of Burgundy, France, crème de cassis is a blackcurrant liqueur made from crushed woodland blackcurrants that are mixed with sugar and left to infuse in a neutral tasting spirit such as vodka. Natural companions, think of blueberries and cassis as the melody and harmony in this not too tart, just sweet enough galette.

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Autumn Muffins

A tribute to leaf peeping season, these fall pumpkin spice muffins are a gorgeous burnt orange color and fill the house with the spicy warm scent of autumn baking. Perfect for the Thanksgiving table, perfect as a snack, and perfect even when craved in February, this is an easy quick (under 5 minutes to mix up) bread recipe to be shared for generations among friends and family.

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