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 Mascarpone

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A Tale of Two Mascarpones: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was…

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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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Mediterranean Hummus Pizza and Pre-Baked Pizza Crusts

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The recipe I am about to share with you is, emphatically, not ‘Dude Food’.  Oh sure, guys will eat it.  They’ll like it, maybe even love it.  But this is designed with me in mind, and I, quite emphatically, did not want ‘Dude Food’ today. It was bright and sunny and warm and altogether spring-like…

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New England Style Fish Cakes and Tart-er Tartar Sauce

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I told a friend I was planning on writing a post on fish cakes.  Her response? “Ew.  Fish cakes?  Ew.   That just sounds so wrong.” Point granted. Admittedly you don’t often hear the words ‘fish’ and ‘cake’ put together.  But crab cakes are amazing, how could fish cakes sound so wrong? We’re talking about crispy,…

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Risotto

Some basic risotto ingredients

We’ve been enjoying a lot of the foods that go along with this season, hot teas and cocoa, soups, homemade breads and muffins, and I’ve been coming up with some interesting combinations as I work through my pantry.  In one of my ‘what will I find in here today’ searches, I found a lonely cup…

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Loaded Baked Potato Soup

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Can we talk for a second?  I feel the need to tell you something. I love you.  Really, I do.  Let this soup stand as proof.  Because, baby, it is cold outside and this soup is going to warm you from your inside out.  From your toes on up to your nose.  If I could…

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Sausage Baked Beans and Grandpa’s Baked Bean Sandwiches

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I’ve talked a great deal about frugal foods and menu planning in my last few posts.  There’s no doubt about it, one of the most budget-friendly foods you can make is beans!  But that’s not why I’m posting this recipe today.  I’m posting it because it’s STINKIN’ AWESOME!  And because it’s cheap.  I thought you…

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