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Raquel Pelzel

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    King Cake

    In New Orleans, king cake is to Mardi Gras what pumpkin pie is to Thanksgiving: the holiday just wouldn't be the same without it. Similar to a glazed coffee cake,…

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    Lemon-Herbsaint Poppers

    These are great served at a cocktail party or a garden party, passed around on a platter with small demitasse spoons. They're bright yellow and taste of citrus with the…

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    Calas Fried Rice Fritters

    Crisp around the edges with a plump, toothsome belly, these fritters beg to be served with obscene quantities of earthy, sorghum-like cane syrup, though traditionalists may opt for confectioners’ sugar…

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    Red Velvet Cake

    Red velvet cake is a dessert that everyone oohs and aahs over—it’s tall, dark, and handsome, with deep crimson cake layers and a thick coating of cream cheese frosting above,…

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    Buttermilk Beignets

    You haven't visited New Orleans if you haven't had a beignet at Cafe Du Monde in the French Market. When making these at home, have plenty of confectioners' sugar on…

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    Lemon Icebox Pie

    This icebox pie, excerpted from David Guas and Raquel Pelzel's cookbook, DamGoodSweet, is simple and quick, plus it keeps in the freezer for over a week; it's a great dessert to…

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    Banana Pudding with Vanilla Wafer Crumble

    This excerpt from David Guas and Raquel Pelzel's DamGoodSweet features a banana pudding flavored with banana liqueur and topped with a vanilla-wafer and cinnamon-tossed crumb topping. The topping always stays…

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    Chocolate Cupped Cakes with Coffee and Chicory

    This coffee and chicory "cupped cake" is made with a stiff, eggless cake batter that gets topped with a cocoa crumble and then covered with coffee. Baked in actual coffee…

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    Caramel Peanut Popcorn

    Cracker Jacks watch out! The popcorn, excerpted from the book DamGood Sweet, is great bagged in cellophane and given as gifts, or serve it in paper cones. For a more…

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    Fried Apple Pies

    In this recipe, excerpted from the cookbook DamGoodSweet , David Guas adapts his Great-Aunt Patty's amazing apple pie, while also giving props to his favorite childhood brown bag treat, Hubig's fried pies. The…