Epiphany has passed.  Did you have your galette des rois (kings’ cake)?  A French dessert comprised of puff pastry, frangipane and a ceramic figure, via the Huffington Post.

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The genomes for the chocolate tree and plant have been released by competing chocolate companies. Learn more about the science behind chocolate, via Nature.com.

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Congratulations on the holiday cookie recipe challenge to Bryony DuPont of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, whose spice cookies wins the drop cookie category, and to Robin Cohen of Arlington, Massachusetts, author of the dovesandfigs blog, who’s Rugalach wins the cut cookie category.  I assure you that my affection for Cleveland Heights and my affection for people who cook with goosefat (see Robin’s current post), did not weigh into the verdict (cookies above, photo by Donna Turner Ruhlman, thanks Donna!). The cookies were executed and evaluated by Marlene Newell and several bakers at her site CooksKorner: Dana Noffsinger, Kim Shook (she has public virtual recipe book here), Kerry Beal, aka The Chocolate Doctor, and Anna Serginson.  Thank you all!  My able assistant Emilia Juocys, also a primary tester, tabulated all results on a spread sheet.  Cookies were Read On »

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Stollen, Christmas pudding, panettone, and Les Treize Desserts.  Christmas cake traditions from all over the globe.  Happy holidays, via The Wall Street Journal.

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Pastry chef Fany Gerson’s book on Mexican desserts and sweets called “My Sweet Mexico” covers sweet tamales, peanut marzipan, cajeta and more.  Saving recipes from hundreds to thousands of yeas old, via The Atlantic.

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