Blueberry Crumble will make your weekend

   August 1, 2014 3:26 pm    0

If you thought you were going to get through berry season without a crumble, you were wrong. This one is mandatory. It comes from co-worker Fiona Branton, who made it from a recipe she found at well, actually, she found it on Buzzfeed, which found it at averiecooks. Whatever. It’s crazy good. We had pot…


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French Onion Soup Pizza: Yes, you read that right

   July 31, 2014 3:31 pm    0

Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for “Scoop Adventures: The Best Ice Cream of The 50 States,” by Lindsay Clendaniel. The winner is Linda Morse. It’s in the mail. Everyone else is eligible to enter the drawing for Revolutionary Pizza: Bold Pies that Will Change Your Life…and Dinner, by Dimitri Syrkin-Nikolau. Recipes that caught…


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Fancy schmancy Stone Fruit Gazpacho with Scallops

   July 30, 2014 1:41 pm    0

This is what I’d call a fancy recipe. Not difficult, mind you, but a smidge above my comfort zone in concept. I try to keep my feet on the ground when I pick recipes, thinking it doesn’t do too much good for me to write about recipes no one will make. But we can —…


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Meanwhile, back at the buttermilk ranch

   July 29, 2014 1:42 pm    0

I have many guilty pleasures. One of them is ranch dressing. I’m reminded of Homer Simpson, in a dream where he is a sultan attended by lovely goddesses. “Quick,” he said. “Bring me my ranch dressing hose.” No, I’m not that bad. But I’m bad. I used to virtuously ask for vinaigrette and enjoyed it….


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Shrimp, garlic, Parmesan, dinner

   July 28, 2014 2:29 pm    0

I hate when recipes include estimated times for prep and cooking. They’re ridiculous. Most recipes touted as fast simply lie. They call for pre-cooked chicken or rice, easily 20-minute jobs. Or they start the timer after the vegetables are chopped. Some with three ingredients are simply flavorless or have weird textures that make them unworthy…


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Prediction: Brown Butter Raspberry Tart in my very near future

   July 25, 2014 11:53 am    0

There are more reasons not to make Brown Butter Raspberry Tart than to make it: time, expense, effort, diet. But the reasons to make it are more important: It. Looks. Fabulous. Plus, I get to learn how to make brown butter. Marnie Mead practically drooled on the paper when I showed her the recipe. She…


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PB&J Ice Cream: What’s not to like?

   July 24, 2014 11:27 am    0

Sorry it’s been so long since I had a book drawing. One thing after another prevented me from blogging for some time, and Thursdays were just the worst. But I’m back in the saddle, now, and want to thank everyone who entered the drawing for “Charcuteria: The Soul of Spain.” The winner is Bruce E….


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4 words that sound beautiful together: ‘Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Bake’

   July 23, 2014 11:13 am    0

Sometimes, I just don’t feel like remembering/digging for an old recipe on a weeknight. It’s really much easier to just find a new one. They roll through my life like tires down a hill and I can’t catch most of them. When I’m vigilant, they wind up in little piles of want-to-make dishes at work,…


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Avocado and zucchini fit to be ‘fried’

   July 22, 2014 2:49 pm    0

Barring McDonald’s, I’m not a huge fan of french fries. This is probably because about 90 percent of the time, they’re terrible. They’re hard to get right, frankly, and unlike my husband and son, I don’t like them undercooked, fluffy, bitter, burned or cold. I don’t like them out of the freezer AT ALL, and…


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New take on grilled chicken is just peachy

   July 21, 2014 1:10 pm    0

Over the weekend, I had a sumptuous nectarine, and the flavor burst in my mouth and blew through my mid-summer stupor. All of a sudden, I can’t get enough stone fruit. It’s just about time to start looking for local plums, peaches, etc. Well, maybe give or take a couple of weeks. As you can…


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