Sweet Black Cherry Pie Filling

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I used to think I despised cherries. This was some high-heresy for a girl raised awfully close to ‘The Cherry Capital of the World’.*  Why I thought cherries were gross I can attribute to two reasons: A) I didn’t like the whole spit-the-pit thing.  I was a tidy child. B) The only way to eat…

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Homemade Greek Yogurt and Cucumber Yogurt Salsa (Raita)

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Welcome to part II of the series of component dishes (Part I, Candied Jalapenos, can be read here!)  to make the transcendent ‘Second to Naanwich’ that still has me obsessed almost two weeks after eating it. While you can definitely buy Greek yogurt from the store to complete this dish, the homemade variety is so…

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Candied Jalapenos

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  This last week, my baby brother Luke told me admiringly that I had finally done it. “To which it do you refer?” I inquired. “IT!” said Luke. Luke was referring to this. This sandwich blew my mind. It was the perfect sandwich. I do not use the phrase ‘perfect sandwich’ lightly. It is a…

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Basic Chicken Stock and Asian Chicken Stock

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Let’s talk chicken stock. Do you keep it handy?  Having chicken stock around is like owning a black dress or a pair of red shoes; it’s just something you have to have to have and it makes you feel good. The best chicken stock is made in  your own kitchen.  You can control the final…

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Homemade Cultured Buttermilk

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I use a lot of buttermilk.  And by ‘a lot’ I mean a ton.  Many of my baked goods contain buttermilk.  Much of my salad dressing uses buttermilk.  And The Evil Genius?  He drinks buttermilk. *  We go through a lot of the stuff.  And I may have mentioned that I live in the middle…

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Homemade Hummus

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I spent nearly seven years as a vegetarian; those years were spent subsisting mainly on hummus, cheese and big green salads. I long ago enthusiastically re-entered the omnivore world* but still spend a great deal of time conveying hummus to my mouth on various crudites and pita chips. Hummus is the first rite of spring…

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