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    Source for self-esteem and self love

    But recently I’ve had a change of heart about the hammam. It came after a long and tiring day of driving in Morocco, during which a “scenic detour” had turned into a gorgeous and terrifying drive that involved driving on some of the worst quality roads I have ever seen with a slowly dwindling tank of gas. We finally found gas by way of a guy with a jug and a funnel and later completely trashed our rental car bouncing through the rocky Todra Gorge at dusk. We arrived at our hotel, in the dark of night and smack in the middle of nowhere, exhausted and happy to have survived. A French Polynesian woman welcomed us warmly, showed us to the loveliest warmest room I could imagine and then said, “why don’t you go have a sauna and a hammam, and then we’ll have
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    Down Cake

    This gorgeous take on a classic upside-down cake with a layer of vibrant Meyer lemons. Ingredients U.S. Metric Conversion chart 2 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter, softened 1/4 cup(s) light brown sugar 2 Meyer lemons 1 1/2 cup(s) toasted whole almonds 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking soda 1/2 teaspoon(s) kosher salt 4 large egg yolks 1/3 cup(s) honey 4 large egg whites Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Rub bottom and sides of an 8-inch cake pan with 2 tablespoons butter and sprinkle bottom with sugar. Thinly slice lemons and remove seeds. Arrange lemon slices in concentric circles over brown sugar. Set aside. In a food processor, pulse almonds until finely ground. Add baking soda and salt, and pulse to combine. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks and honey. Stir in almond mixture.
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    Vanilla-Spiced Caramel and Pear Tart

    yield Makes 10 servings active time 1 hour 20 minutes total time 2 hours 50 minutes (includes baking and cooling time) The technique: No measuring, no mixing just roll out puff pastry, trim to a circle, and transfer it to the pan. If you can find all-butter pastry, it’s worth using here because of its superior flavor and texture. The payoff: It couldn’t be easier to useor more flaky and buttery. Ingredients Crust: 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (half of 17.3-ounce package), thawed, or one 14- to 16-ounce package all-butter puff pastry (1 to 2 sheets, depending on brand), thawed Pears: 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/2 cup sugar 1 cinnamon stick 1 whole star anise 3 whole cloves Generous pinch of coarse kosher salt 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise 6 medium firm but ripe Anjo
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    Inside-Out Carrot Cake Cookies

    yield Makes about 13 cookies Ingredients 1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 large egg 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup coarsely grated carrots (2 medium) 1 scant cup walnuts (3 ounces), chopped 1/2 cup raisins (2 1/2 ounces) 8 ounces cream cheese 1/4 cup honey Preparation Put oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat oven to 375F. Butter 2 baking sheets. Whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Beat together butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla in a bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in carrots, nuts, and ra


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