Casey Barber

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The Purrfect Birthday Cake to Eat Right Meow

Casey Barberby Casey Barber December 15, 2014

“Don’t worry, I’m well aware of my crazy cat lady status, but I’m not actually crazy enough to bake an actual dessert for the occasion. This is more of a cake in the crab cake sense of the word: a combination of roasted chicken, tuna, and sweet potato that frankly only a cat could love, frosted with a few rosettes of buttermilk mashed potatoes.”

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The Bar Cart: Christmas Island

Casey Barberby Casey Barber December 8, 2014

“The Christmas Island is the cocktail equivalent of stringing twinkle lights on a palm tree, a classic piña colada that got itself all spiced up for the holidays. Coconut milk keeps the color of the drink pale and wintry, and crushed ice is key for a snowball effect.”

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A Gift for Me: Chinese Five Spice and Cayenne Caramel Corn

Casey Barberby Casey Barber December 1, 2014

“As the gilded lily to each sundae, and because I didn’t have enough going on, I speedily whipped up a variation on one of the most popular recipes from Classic Snacks Made from Scratch: caramel corn. Readers have always loved this one because it’s one of those high-maintenance/low-maintenance things—it’s way easy to pull off, with no need for a candy thermometer, and nets you a bunch of accolades for your almost-nonexistent troubles.”

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Make-Ahead Pumpkin Dinner Rolls for Thanksgiving

Casey Barberby Casey Barber November 17, 2014

“The pumpkin in these rolls doesn’t add any significant sweetness or “pumpkin spice” flavor. Its crucial role here is to add moisture (along with a pretty little side effect of gorgeous autumnal color), which helps keep the rolls soft and pliant instead of going stale or becoming too tough and chewy when reheated.”

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Steakhouse Sides at Thanksgiving: Celery Root and Spinach Gratin

Casey Barberby Casey Barber November 3, 2014

“My steakhouse-inspired gratin uses whisper-thin slices of celery root instead of potatoes, and bulks up with a whole bunch (two bunches, actually) of spinach, thus fulfilling the creamed spinach requirement that no one knew they needed at Thanksgiving.”

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Inspired Bites and an Inspired Cocktail: Apple Sage Cooler

Casey Barberby Casey Barber October 20, 2014

“The following drink is inspired by one of the signature cocktails in Inspired Bites. The book version blends together a fall-centric lineup of pear, thyme, and ginger, but I’m switching things up with my favorite autumn beverage—apple cider—and woodsy sage.”

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