The 3 Week Diet
Lemon Cheesecake
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Lemon Cheesecake

Be sure to use whole-milk ricotta for this airy, Italian-style cheesecake, an ideal dessert for the winter holidays. Make it with Meyer lemons for a sweeter flavor, or Lisbon or Eureka lemons for more tartness.   Lemon Cheesecake   For the crust: 6 oz. (185 g.) gingersnaps, plus more if needed 1 1/4 cups (5 oz./155 g.) walnut halves 1/4 cup (2 oz./60 g.) sugar 5 Tbs. (2 1/2 oz./75 g.) unsalted butter, or as needed, melted...

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Chocolate Bread Pudding
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Chocolate Bread Pudding

For centuries, frugal cooks have salvaged stale bread by combining it with milk, eggs, sugar and other ingredients to create a sweet pudding. Our version, made with croissants and bittersweet chocolate, yields a decadent dessert that is truly sublime.   Chocolate Bread Pudding   2 cups milk 1 1/4 cups heavy cream 1 vanilla bean 5 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped 1/2 cup sugar 5 eggs Pinch of salt 5 day-old...

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Apple Galette with Salted Caramel
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Apple Galette with Salted Caramel

A generous measure of sea salt heightens the seductive bittersweetness of the caramel that is drizzled onto this rustic free-form tart just before serving. The result is a full, deep caramel flavor that pairs perfectly with tender lemon-scented apples encased in a buttery, flaky crust.   Apple Galette with Salted Caramel   For the dough: 1 egg yolk 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3 Tbs. granulated...

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Apple-Ginger-Cranberry Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream
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Apple-Ginger-Cranberry Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream

This pie combines the best of fall flavors, creating a perfect ending to a Thanksgiving meal. To prep the apple pie in advance, fit the bottom dough round in the pie dish and cut out the decorative dough shapes. Place the cutouts, along with the top dough round, on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover the pie dish and baking sheet with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 1 day.   Apple-Ginger-Cranberry Pie with Vanilla Ice...

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Banana-Chocolate Crepes with Toasted Hazelnuts
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Banana-Chocolate Crepes with Toasted Hazelnuts

A breakfast that includes chocolate is an indulgence, so these are a good choice for a special occasion — like the holidays! Prepare the crepes the night before, whip up a half-batch of the sauce and banana filling in the morning, and serve them with Champagne. Wrap and freeze any unused crepes for another meal.   Banana-Chocolate Crepes with Toasted Hazelnuts   6 Tbs. (3 oz./90 g.) unsalted butter, melted 1 1/4 cups (10 fl....

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Maple Cinnamon Matzo Brei
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Maple Cinnamon Matzo Brei

Fried maple cinnamon matzo…what? Yes friends….these matzo “pancakes” will swoon you for breakfast, brunch or whenever you crave them!   Have you ever tried or even heard of Matzo Brei? No matter what your answer, nows your time to cook up this fantastic Jewish dish for Passover or any time at all!   I remember as a kid loving when my grandma & mom would cook up this dish for breakfast. It can be prepared as a scramble,...

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