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Forming Hamburgers- Is There a Proper Method

by Elizabeth Skipper August 27th, 2014 | Ask the Chef
Ask The Chef Is there a correct way to form hamburgers? I have hand-formed them and used a patty maker.  I also have made patties that are flat and added a dimple to them to help with cooking. Are any of these methods better than another, or is there a totally different way that I should be trying?

Is there one correct way to form hamburgers? I wouldn't say so, although there are basic principles to follow. A good burger patty shouldn't be overworked and compacted, or it will be tough. Other than that, form them any way you like. And there's
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Sweet Cucumber Pickles from Big Mill Bed and Breakfast

by BnB Finder August 26th, 2014 | Best BnB Bites, Recipes Best BnB Bites
When I think of pickles, I typically think of kosher spears to accompany a burger or hot dog.  However, if I think back to my childhood, I think of holiday celebrations and pretty bowls with divided sections.  In one section would be black olives, and in the other would be sweet pickles.  How elegant I thought we were serving these treats before dinner.  It is how I imagined all
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Recipes

Fresh Corn Cakes- Local Produce in a Delightful Package

by TT August 25th, 2014 | Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday
Last Tapas Monday, I made a menu that placed a spin on southern flair.  I started with pulled pork, which I let simmer in a mini crock pot for the afternoon.  It was incredibly tender by the time our 8 o'clock dinner rolled around.  Rather than serving it on white bread, I went with the healthier option of lettuce wraps.  Of course, using lettuce as the vehicle leaves more room in the stomach for a second (or third or fourth) serving, so maybe it isn't that much healthier!

I wanted another dish that had hints of southern style.  I automatically
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Cooking Basics

What to Use Instead of Whipped Cream

by Jane Wangersky August 22nd, 2014 | Cooking Basics
I have a confession to make. In my cherry crunch recipe awhile back, I mentioned serving it with ice cream, and included a photo of a serving of it with a pale pink topping. Well, the topping was really Greek yogurt. Sometimes food photographers, even very occasional ones like me, are driven to such things.

Anyone, sometimes, can find themselves wanting a creamy topping to finish off a sweet dish when there’s no ice cream or whipped cream in the house. When that happens, the thing to do is look hard at what other dairy products you have. None will
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Blueberry Ginger Salad — Sweet and Sour

by Jane Wangersky August 21st, 2014 | Recipes, Simple Solutions
Recipes I had five pounds of blueberries in my refrigerator, down from ten pounds a couple of nights before, and I was ready to do something new with them. Some were destined for freezer jam, many would be eaten on cereal or out of hand as snacks, and there were always pie and muffins, at least if the weather cooled off enough. But everyone already knows about all these.

Somewhere online I saw a recipe that called for blueberries combined with fresh ginger in a relish for pork teriyaki. Though I wasn’t sure about serving them at dinner with meat, the
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