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Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Honey-Mustard Dressing

You can find a small, boneless leg of lamb that’s already been butterflied in most major supermarkets. After you get your leg of lamb, this recipe explains how to marinate it in a delicious dressing and [more…]

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Straight from Cajun country to your table, this chicken and sausage gumbo is fantastic. When preparing chicken and sausage gumbo, you may find making the roux a little tricky — just be sure not to burn [more…]

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

The pineapple upside-down cake in this recipe develops a nice caramelized bottom (or is it top?) because of the caramel. A pineapple upside-down cake is called that because . . . well, you flip it over [more…]

How to Use a Freezer Effectively

Your freezer holds the stuff that has to stay cold. And because freezing foods keeps them good for much longer than room-temperature or refrigerated foods, you can put a lot of food in your freezer without [more…]

Pizelles (Italian Wafer Cookies)

Pizzelles are classic Italian wafer cookies. Pizelles are baked on a specially designed iron that imprints them with a lacy design. Pizzelle irons are available in the cookware section of department stores [more…]

Reasons to Go Gluten-Free

A gluten-free diet isn’t just for those with celiac disease or a wheat allergy. Although eating wheat products, especially whole wheat, does offer some health benefits, the gluten can actually be harmful [more…]

The Different Types of Soy Foods

Soy foods come in dozens of forms. Some types of soy are used as ingredients in commercially produced food products, and other kinds of soy are sold as ready-to-eat products. Soy foods can take the place [more…]

Refrigerated Sushi Ingredients

Some of the ingredients you use in sushi need to be refrigerated — and not only the fresh, raw fish that you can use to create sushi magic. Look for these refrigerated sushi ingredients in your local Asian [more…]

Apple Brown Betty

Whoever Betty was, she must have been a creative, thrifty cook with some day-old bread, butter, and apples on hand. Apple Brown Betty transforms simple ingredients into a really cozy, homey dessert. [more…]

Fresh Salmon Chowder

This luxurious fresh salmon chowder has become a standard in the Pacific Northwest, where fresh salmon is abundant. Salmon chowder is best when freshly made, so try to avoid leftovers. [more…]

How to Sear or Baste a Roast

Searing refers to rolling or turning a cut of meat around in a very hot, oiled pan to brown the entire surface. If you don’t sear your meat, you may want to baste the meat while it roasts, which means [more…]

Hazelnut Cake

This hazelnut cake recipe comes from the Piedmont region in northwestern Italy. You can serve this tasty hazelnut cake on its own, but it’s better with a dollop of ice cream. [more…]

Lemon and Thyme Pork Stew

This stew of braised pork and vegetables with a hint of lemon makes for a delicious supper. Lemon and thyme pork stew needs only a tossed green salad and some crisp, crusty bread as accompaniments. [more…]

Tubular Pasta (Call It Macaroni)

Italian pasta comes in two basic forms: macaroni (or tubular pasta) and spaghetti. Macaroni has distinctive shapes, hollows, and curves — all to capture the thick rich sauces they were designed for. [more…]

Peach Crisp

You can make wonderful desserts, like this peach crisp, in the summer by using fruit from farmer’s markets. This simple peach crisp recipe allows you to really enjoy the flavor of the tree-ripened fruit [more…]

Open-Faced Grilled Eggplant and Goat Cheese Sandwiches

This healthy-hearty sandwich stacks layers of smoky grilled eggplant, tomatoes, goat cheese, fresh basil, and olives on French bread. These grilled eggplant sandwiches are a great offering at any gathering [more…]

Sushi Dry Goods

Keep sushi dry goods in a cool, dry, dark pantry or cupboard —as for all dry food ingredients. Sushi dry goods quickly deteriorate if exposed to heat, moisture, or light. Most of these sushi dry goods [more…]

Snow Blower: A Drink to Drift Into

Regardless of the history or origin, punches of all kinds are an expected beverage at many of today's social gatherings. Whether you're an aspiring bartender or just someone who wants to be a good host [more…]

Types of Vinegar

Vinegar comes in many different forms (all of them tart!). Although red or white wine is the most common liquid base, anything that ferments can be used to make vinegar. Here are the common types of vinegar [more…]

Getting to Know Herbs

Fresh herbs are wonderful, and dried herbs are wonderfully convenient. Either way, herbs can really add pizzazz to your cooking. Herbs are produced from the stems and leaves of a variety of plants, while [more…]

A Few Good Cheeses

If you get to know your quality cheeses, eating it can be a wonderful change of pace. Add some good cheese to your pantry for parties, snacking, and pairing with wine. When buying cheese, remember that [more…]

Bruschetta with Tomatoes

Bruschetta with tomatoes is a classic summertime favorite. However, good bruschetta with tomatoes depends on really ripe tomatoes. Give this recipe a try when it’s local tomato season; otherwise, you may [more…]

Green Onion Pancakes

You can find green onion breads and pancakes throughout northern China and in North America, too. These green onion batter-based pancakes are quick and convenient to make. [more…]

Flourless Jewish Desserts for Passover

Jewish cooks have created an amazingly varied selection of Passover desserts. They prepare their dessert batters by replacing the flour with matzos, matzo meal, cake meal, or potato starch. Flourless Passover [more…]

Substitutions for a Gluten-Free Diet

With more people adopting gluten-free and wheat-free lifestyles, it’s easier than ever to find substitutions for gluten. A little flexibility goes a long way when you’re living gluten-free. Here are some [more…]

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