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      Its part of the uniquely philly food group.  Tastykakes...scrapple.... Taylor pork roll..roast pork sandwich ...cheesesteak...pepper pot soup...tomato pie....turtle soup
      Its a a hard cookie that is like a much more complex ginger snap. It's made to pair with coffee on a nippy morning. 
      And i I like it with sharp cheddar.  Just tried it with goat cheese and mango chutney...not bad. 
      Though ive never done it, I can imagine it would make a great pie crust. 
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      After listening to Dave Arnold extol these books on the Cooking Issues podcast, I thought I'd keep an eye out for them in the thrift stores but eventually broke down and ordered them.  $7 for one and $8 for the other.   
      Jacques Pepin's The Art of Cooking 2 volume set published in 1988.

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      Negroni for me - girly drinks for the boys.




      Crispy rice, a vegetarian mushroom dip, Garlic Prawns and egg rolls as apps.

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      Crispy duck

      After dinner we returned to the strip - and attended a show in New York, New York. I think I might have enjoyed the roller coaster more!
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