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Cooking Sous Vide – immersion water bath cooking

Sous vide, French for under vacuum, is cooking in a water bath or steam environment. Until recently water bath cooking appliances were only available for commercial use. But new appliances have made sous vide affordable for the serious home chef. … Continue reading

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Tarragon and Vodka infused Watermelon

This recipe requires gently cooking watermelon sous vide for best flavor. Tarragon and Vodka infused Watermelon Prep time: 30 mins Cook time: 120 mins Total time: 2 hours 30 mins Ingredients 1 watermelon (individual slices about 4 x 1 inches … Continue reading

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Salsa: Canning or Fresh

The farmers market deal on tomatoes this week was my excuse to make salsa and get back to preserving. This recipe is good fresh (uncooked) or canned. If you preserve your salsa — or any vegetables — they can sit … Continue reading

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2018 Top 5 Best Panini Sandwich Makers

Read our review of the top 5 panini sandwich maker appliances. My Grandmother, who was a professional cook, knew in the 1940s that you didn’t need expensive kitchen tools to make great food.  The secret to a grilled sandwich is … Continue reading

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An Air Fryer is the must have appliance of 2018

The air fryer is the hottest appliance today.  In theory, they let you enjoy all those fried foods without adding all the fat calories from oils.   But an Air Fryer actually doesn’t “fry” your food like a deep fryer.  It … Continue reading

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Air Fryer Breakfast Burritos

If breakfast is your challenge when you’re trying to eat healthily, Air Fryer Breakfast Burritos are a flavor-packed alternative.  I fall into the trap of eating cakes and cookies instead of building a good breakfast. Air Fryer Breakfast Burritos are … Continue reading

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The nourishing and warming aspects of oatmeal

Oatmeal — that breakfast staple of our grandparents — reigns supreme in your breakfast recipe repertoire.  But it can also become one of your family’s favorite mealtime side dishes with just a little imagination. This week the entire US is experiencing … Continue reading

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Sofritto: The key to great starts

Lesson 1: sofritto Every great cuisine starts with a basic recipe of flavor — a sofritto, mirepoix, battuto, holy trilogy — are slight variations that create the base of many meals. A French mirepoix is the best known classic. It … Continue reading

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Braised Short Ribs

Braised short ribs is one of my comfort foods.  My Mother didn’t make this recipe for us, but in my family we had a Sunday roast every week and this slow-cooked meat with a velvet sauce reminds me of Sundays … Continue reading

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Give your friends a taste of the world with this Spice Kit Subscription

The most unique gift this season for your friends who enjoy cooking is a Monthly Flavor Kit from RawSpiceBar.com. You can send a 6-month subscription right to the door for for just $37.  A 6-month Spice Kit subscription is $7 per month ($42) … Continue reading

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