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Foie gras ganache.  Aquavit (New York, New York)

Foie gras ganache. Aquavit (New York, New York)

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Hibiscus soda with pineapple balls and freshly cracked pepper.  Hibiscus (London, U.K.)

Hibiscus soda with pineapple balls and freshly cracked pepper. Hibiscus (London, U.K.)

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Lamb tartare topped with sweet ebi shrimp tartare and a beautiful garden of flowers dusted with gold.  L20 (Chicago)

Lamb tartare topped with sweet ebi shrimp tartare and a beautiful garden of flowers dusted with gold. L20 (Chicago)

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Mini tomato burgers on a bed of sesame seeds.  Cute as buttons and the size of them too!  Blue Hill at Stone Barns (Pocantico Hills, New York)

Mini tomato burgers on a bed of sesame seeds. Cute as buttons and the size of them too! Blue Hill at Stone Barns (Pocantico Hills, New York)

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A clever double entendre - "Egg Caviar."  Jean Georges (New York)

A clever double entendre - "Egg Caviar." Jean Georges (New York)

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Lobster with asparagus and sauce gribiche.  Le Bernardin (New York, New York)

Lobster with asparagus and sauce gribiche. Le Bernardin (New York, New York)

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Duck roasted with a lavender glaze.  It is presented table-side, then carved, and plated.  Eleven Madison Park (New York City)

Duck roasted with a lavender glaze. It is presented table-side, then carved, and plated. Eleven Madison Park (New York City)

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Perfectly hard-boiled egg with roasted beets, greens and anchovies.

Perfectly hard-boiled egg with roasted beets, greens and anchovies.

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Nine ice creams - now that

Nine ice creams - now that's a tasting! The Mansion on Turtle Creek (Dallas, Texas)

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Idiazabal cheese is sliced thinly and fried to an impossible crisp.  Tinto (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Idiazabal cheese is sliced thinly and fried to an impossible crisp. Tinto (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

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Borekas - a flaky pastry encasing a molten mix of cheese and spices.

Borekas - a flaky pastry encasing a molten mix of cheese and spices.

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Lamb chops a la plancha at Amada, a tapas bar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Lamb chops a la plancha at Amada, a tapas bar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Grappa panna cotta with champagne rhubarb.

Grappa panna cotta with champagne rhubarb.

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Iced cherry lollies with cake milk at The Sportsman (Seasalter, U.K.)

Iced cherry lollies with cake milk at The Sportsman (Seasalter, U.K.)

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Canard au Sange a la Presse: After the roasted duck is carved, the carcass is pressed to extract the blood and juice for a sauce.  l

Canard au Sange a la Presse: After the roasted duck is carved, the carcass is pressed to extract the blood and juice for a sauce. l'Ambassade de l'Ile (London, U.K.)

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A tree sprouts milk chocolate truffles at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road. (London, U.K.)

A tree sprouts milk chocolate truffles at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road. (London, U.K.)

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Conch shells sprouting earbuds announced the advent of one of Blumenthal’s most celebrated courses at The Fat Duck, “Sounds of the Sea.”

Conch shells sprouting earbuds announced the advent of one of Blumenthal’s most celebrated courses at The Fat Duck, “Sounds of the Sea.”

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Dark gingerbread and pear cake - moist, spicy, and full of meaty dices of pears.  Gourmet Magazine, October 2008.

Dark gingerbread and pear cake - moist, spicy, and full of meaty dices of pears. Gourmet Magazine, October 2008.

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Delightful pre-meal nibbles!

Delightful pre-meal nibbles!

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Fava beans: signs of Spring.

Fava beans: signs of Spring.

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Morels are one of those trusty treasures that reassuringly reappear with Spring.  Read about it at the ulterior epicure.

Morels are one of those trusty treasures that reassuringly reappear with Spring. Read about it at the ulterior epicure.

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Hunanese "Pork Pearls" recipe at the ulterior epicure.

Hunanese "Pork Pearls" recipe at the ulterior epicure.

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Clever end to  Chinese feast: orange sorbet-filled candied orange wedges.

Clever end to Chinese feast: orange sorbet-filled candied orange wedges.

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Inside-Out "That" Chocolate German.  Get the recipe at the ulterior epicure.

Inside-Out "That" Chocolate German. Get the recipe at the ulterior epicure.

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Peppermint marshmallows make the perfect holiday hot cocoa topper.  Recipe and story at the ulterior epicure.

Peppermint marshmallows make the perfect holiday hot cocoa topper. Recipe and story at the ulterior epicure.

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Nancy Olson

Nancy Olson's "Milk Chocolate-Crunch Peanut Butter Layer Cake."

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In America, quetsches are known as prune plums. Depending on where you live, the season can be relatively short, so grab them when you can and make this simple, but excellent, recipe for a tarte aux quetsches.

In America, quetsches are known as prune plums. Depending on where you live, the season can be relatively short, so grab them when you can and make this simple, but excellent, recipe for a tarte aux quetsches.

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Come learn about the Common Cobbler at the ulterior epicure.

Come learn about the Common Cobbler at the ulterior epicure.

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A light and refreshing way to start or end your summer day: chilled cucumber soup.  Recipe at

A light and refreshing way to start or end your summer day: chilled cucumber soup. Recipe at 'the ulterior epicure.'

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Everyone

Everyone's had a hazelnut torte. But, have you soaked it in Frangelico and slathered it with dark chocolate ganache? A bewitching recipe for a Gianduja Cake on my blog.

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This orb of golden goodness is one reason why I love summer.  This novel dish was inspired by Jean Georges Vongerichten

This orb of golden goodness is one reason why I love summer. This novel dish was inspired by Jean Georges Vongerichten's recipe for the "Tomato Tower." Come get the recipe on my blog.

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"You put the curry in the coconut..." and you freeze it all together.  Come get my adaptation of Cru

"You put the curry in the coconut..." and you freeze it all together. Come get my adaptation of Cru's pastry chef's recipe for Coconut-Curry Sorbet.

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During a recent baking bonanza, I made a number of my favorite cakes.  Come get the recipe for this unbelievably moist carrot cake on my blog.

During a recent baking bonanza, I made a number of my favorite cakes. Come get the recipe for this unbelievably moist carrot cake on my blog.

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What happens when rosemary has a heated affair with olive oil, flour, some sugar, and eggs?  She has a wonderfully fragrant and delicious poundcake-like lovechild.  Recipe on my blog.

What happens when rosemary has a heated affair with olive oil, flour, some sugar, and eggs? She has a wonderfully fragrant and delicious poundcake-like lovechild. Recipe on my blog.

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