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The Feast of the Seven Fishes

Looking for a new Christmas Eve tradition? Trying to avoid the same turkey and ham Christmas dinner you always make? This year, while wondering how to make the meal enjoyable and grand, I decided to try a collection of recipes that would add up to a Feast of the Seven Fishes. It was messy, challenging, […]

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Misadventures in Baking: Chocolate Peanut Clusters

The holidays offer a chance to cook for a crowd, hosting those big bashes and making everyone’s favorite dishes. But after the finger foods, the sides and glorious main course are cleared from the table, what do you serve for dessert? And if you want to partake in a cookie exchange, or a holiday potluck […]

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Game of Thrones Feast

Game of Thrones (GoT) is a TV show you may have heard of. It’s got dragons, looks a little medieval, and is (loosely? Can I say that?) based on the fantastic A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. It airs in the springtime on HBO, featuring some great acting and fantastic []

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What Time is It? Shrimp Time

Shrimps, prawns, wriggly meats of the sea. Some people hate ’em, but most of us love ’em. Today we are going to talk about how to purchase and prepare shrimp in a variety of ways, so you can integrate this healthy protein, full of good cholesterol, into your diet. Selecting Suitable Shrimps First stop: purchasing good []

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How To Make A Simple Burger

Cooking for multiple people is always challenging, especially if some diners are picky eaters. But no matter who’s sitting at your table, I bet they can appreciate a good burger! Today we are going to look at the easiest way to make a burger that will satisfy picky and adventurous eaters alike, and we’ll also []

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Oatmeal That’s a Real Meal

It’s time to examine how you’re treating oatmeal. That’s right, this quick breakfast deserves a bit more of your attention. With a poached egg and a few choice condiments, that bland bowl will become a savory, gourmet, Instagram-worthy brunch or breakfast in seconds. Here are a few options on permanent rotation in my kitchen: Thai Oatmeal Pictured []

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Pho; an exercise in

Ingredients serves 4-6; cooking time 6 hours, active cooking time approximately 45 minutes 1 pack beef marrow/bones (1kg, about 2.2 lbs) 40 grams or about 3 tablespoons of cane sugar 1/2 tsp cooking salt 1 large onion, halved 1 chunk fresh ginger, about 2 inches long, halved 1 tbsp coriander seeds 4 star anise 1-2 []

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How To Cook a Steak Without Fear!

Nothing (NOTHING) has been more intimidating in my culinary adventures than learning to cook a steak. I’m not even talking about grilling, or marinating, or doing some impressive open-fire paleo stuff in a cutthroat competition. I’m just talking about cooking a nice hunk of beef, for myself, in a kitchen, on the stove. Cooking steak while []

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Labor Day Feast: A Real One This Time

Ingredients serves 6-8 1 pie crust, thawed if frozen 3 apples 1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (more or less to taste) 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice Procedures Heat oven to 375 degrees. Peel and core the apples. Slice into 1/4 thick slivers, and mix with the rest of the ingredients (aside from the []

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Eggplant Parmesan, and Why the Days Get Shorter

Ingredients serves 6; active cooking time 45 minutes, total cooking time 2.5 hours 5 to 6 cups, or around 50 ounces, of tomato sauce* 2 medium eggplants or 1 large eggplant, washed and cut into 1/2-inch thick rounds (about 2 and 1/2 pounds) 1/2 cup all-purpose flour Freshly ground black pepper 4 large eggs 3 tablespoons []

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Pumpkin Orzo

Ingredients serves 4, cooking time 40 minutes 8 ounces orzo 3 cups vegetable stock 3 cups water 1 1/2 cups pumpkin purée (about 1 14.5 ounce can) *  1 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken stock 1/2 cup whole milk 30 sage leaves, cut into ribbons 1 shallot, diced 1 tablespoon butter 3/4 teaspoon salt 20 []

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Pumpkin Scones

Ingredients Makes 6 medium sized scones, cooking time 25 minutes 2 cups all-purpose flour 7 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 6 tablespoons cold butter 1/2 cup canned pumpkin 3 tablespoons half-and-half 1 large egg Powdered []

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An Autumn Feast

Ingredients serves 4; active cooking time 25 minutes, total cooking time 1 hour and 35 minutes Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon onion powder 4 double-cut pork chops, 1 1/4- to 1 1/2-inch thick, about 8 ounces each 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil []

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Thanksgiving Side Recipes to Up Your Potluck Game

Ingredients serve 4-6, cooking time 30 minutes 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1/2 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk 2 eggs 3/4 pound elbow macaroni 6 ounces block American cheese, roughly grated or diced 6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, roughly grated or diced 1/4 cup Frank’s hot sauce 1 to 2 cups shredded cooked chicken meat (from a rotisserie chicken []

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Oh, For the Love of Popcorn

Ingredients Makes a large bowl for sharing amongst 2-3 people 1/3 cup of kernels- any type 1 and 1/2 tbsp of fat like oil, or butter Procedures Have a large bowl for serving the popcorn at hand. In a large pot with a lid, heat the oil or butter over medium-high heat. Note that butter []

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