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Winter-Ready Appetizer: Mushroom Gruyere Pinwheels

Puff pastry is your secret weapon for making all sorts of appetizers with very little effort. The paper-thin layers of dough and butter, when subjected to the oven’s heat, rise becoming crispy and golden in the process. Making puff pastry from scratch requires a significant time commitment. Frozen puff pastry from the store is a simple and convenient substitute. The versions made with butter definitely have the best flavor; it’s worth seeking these out in the freezer section. Once you find your favorite brand, keep a few packages on hand. Once thawed, spread nutty Gruyere and earthy, wine-bathed mushrooms over… Read more

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Cook with Confidence: Gougères

Light and almost ethereal, taking a bite of a still-warm gougère is a magical experience. I served them recently at my book club dinner as an appetizer, and people went absolutely crazy for them. “You made these?” I felt like a celebrity chef for a few minutes as they all clustered around the tray. Someone requested I make them for her company’s upcoming cocktail party. I declined, saying, “You can make them yourself, they don’t take long at all.” A dubious stare ensued. Armed with a wooden spoon, you can make these impressive, savory French cheese puffs. The recipe starts… Read more