Espresso Hot Chocolate INGREDIENTS:  SERVINGS: 4  3 cups whole milk  3 tablespoons crushed cinnamon sticks (preferably Ceylon)  8 ounces semisweet chocolate (preferably Scharffen Berger), finely chopped  3 tablespoons demerara or granulated sugar  Pinch of kosher salt  ½ cup espresso PREPARATION:  Lightly sweetened whipped cream and chocolate-covered espresso beans (for serving; optional)  Bring milk and cinnamon to aContinue reading

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Chicken Soup with Sofrito and Herbed Matzo Balls On a chilly Hanukkah night, what’s better than a steaming bowl of matzo ball soup? INGREDIENTS: YIELD: 10-12 Servings Saffron matzo balls: 8 large eggs 2 teaspoons canola oil 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 cup chicken fat, melted (schmaltz), plus 2 tablespoons, for optional garnish 1/4Continue reading

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Ciabatta French Toast with Warm Apple Maple Syrup INGREDIENTS: Yield: Serves 6 1/4 cup apple cider 1 teaspoon cornstarch 2 teaspoons butter 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots 2 cups sliced McIntosh apples 1/4 cup maple syrup 6 (2-ounce) slices ciabatta bread 3 ounces Gruyère cheese, cut into thin slices 1/2 cup fat-free milk 1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon freshly groundContinue reading

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