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Ginger & Vanilla: Great Tonic for Morning Sickness & Nausea

This last week I made two cheesecakes, decadent baker that I am,  one to celebrate the arrival of a Kenyan farmer, the other for my brother’s birthday.   I substituted ginger snaps and pieces of candied ginger for the predictable graham crackers.  It gave the cakes a nice sweet bite, both in the crust and then with small pieces of ginger on the top.  I doubt I’ll use graham crackers ever again!

Although we Americans and Europeans use ginger mainly in baking, it’s been a culinary mainstay in Asia for at least 5000 years. Apparently it was popular in ancient Rome and then was forgotten about until Marco Polo brought it home to Europe after one of his world-changing expeditions.

Double Vanilla Hazelnut Pound Cake

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Courtesy of Janet Johnson

Janet has a touching story about this pound cake which is a little too long to share here in its entirety. Briefly, she has a friend who was born in Austria whose father worked for the railroads. Each day he walked 12 miles, inspecting the condition of the rails. While he walked, he gathered the wild hazelnuts growing alongside the tracks, and brought them home as a treat to his family.

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