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Thanksgiving Improv: Spinach Pinwheels

by Jane Wangersky November 27th, 2014 | Recipes, Simple Solutions
Recipes Happy Thanksgiving! Though if you’re reading this on Thanksgiving Day itself, you probably have some last-minute gap in your holiday dinner. Not to worry -- so did I, and I’ll tell you what I did.

Here in Canada, Thanksgiving comes in October. This year, unfortunately, it also came just after I’d been sick for several days. I had the turkey, cranberries, stuffing ingredients, and sweet potatoes, not to mention (almost) everything for pumpkin pie -- but I hadn’t been able to go out for fresh vegetables, and everyone else was too busy. So there I was on the morning of
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Cooking Wheat Berries

by Elizabeth Skipper November 26th, 2014 | Ask the Chef Ask The Chef
I just cooked with wheat berries for the first time. Following the recipe, I cooked the wheat berries for almost 2 hours (simmering in broth).  They were excellent!  I was wondering if there is a quicker way to cook them or if I could put them in a crock pot, so I don’t have to spend hours waiting for them in the evening.

 Two hours seems like an awfully long
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Recipes

Brûléed Butternut Squash- Guaranteed to Please

by TT November 24th, 2014 | Recipes, Side Dishes
Two weeks ago I wrote about the easiest way to cook butternut squash.  If I only needed to serve myself, I would make squash this way and top it with the smallest amount of brown sugar and cinnamon. However, I usually have at least two other diners.  One of them is our 16 year old daughter, and she does not have the same love for winter squash that I do.

I will give her credit; she will eat almost anything that I serve without complaint. We go by the "no thank you" serving rule at our house.  So, if I
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Cooking Basics

Timing Your Thanksgiving Side Dishes

by Jane Wangersky November 21st, 2014 | Cooking Basics
As Thanksgiving gets near, there's a lot of cooking advice being sought and given out, most of it about turkey – understandably. But let's not forget the side dishes that are some people's favorite parts of Thanksgiving dinner, and that are too easy to overlook in the quest for the perfect turkey.

Of course, the dinner does revolve around the turkey, so timing for the side dishes and everything else will have to be based on its schedule. The first thing to do is figure out when you want dinner, then count back to when you'll have to start the
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Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar Carrot Stuffing

by Jane Wangersky November 20th, 2014 | Recipes, Simple Solutions
Recipes Sweet potatoes with marshmallow topping are a holiday food that cause just about as much disagreement as fruitcake – maybe more, because lots of people actually like this sweet potato dish. Others . . . well, I remember reading a Thanksgiving cookbook whose author had meant to put in a recipe for them, but, as she wrote, just couldn't bring herself to do it.

Still, for many families, sweet potatoes in some form are just part of Thanksgiving. And of course there are other ways to cook them. You can always just bake them like regular potatoes, but there are
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