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Summer Chicken Sandwich- in a Crock Pot

by TT September 1st, 2014 | Recipes, Sandwiches
Recipes I never used to think of the crock pot as an appliance to be used in the summer. Crock pots bring to mind cold winter days with a hearty stew or chili simmering.  Recently I read a suggestion to use crock pots more in the summer because they don't heat the house like an oven.  Definitely a good point!

The big question was, What would I cook in the crock pot? Being summer I didn't want a hearty stew but the filling for a sandwich would work quite well.  Most of the sandwich fillings that I make in the crock
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September’s Food Focus- Sandwiches

by TT August 31st, 2014 | Recipes Recipes
As we flip the calendar and September begins, it is time to introduce this month's food focus: sandwiches. Starting today with a recipe, and continuing throughout the month, we will be sharing recipes and cooking tips for sandwiches, wraps, and other handheld dishes. Whether you're looking for a new lunch idea or something hearty enough for dinner,  these recipes should be nice options for expanding your repertoire.

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Cooking Basics

Vinegar 101

by Jane Wangersky August 29th, 2014 | Cooking Basics
A while ago, I mentioned the time I tried to make gari -- pickled ginger for sushi -- and couldn’t get it to turn pink. I thought maybe I’d used the wrong kind of vinegar. (I’ve found out that very young ginger is supposed to turn pink when pickled, but most commercially pickled ginger has been helped out with beet juice or artificial dye.)

Vinegar is one of those supplies you can have around for most of your life without ever thinking much about what it is, where it comes from, or why it does what it does. Doing some
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Recipes

Recipes for Apples of All Sizes

by Jane Wangersky August 28th, 2014 | Recipes, Simple Solutions
What’s local right now? What isn’t? The service that delivers produce to us is even showing locally grown okra on its site. That used to be unheard of north of the Mason-Dixon line, let alone the 49th parallel. For a few brief weeks, all sorts of fruits and vegetables are local.

Most local of all are the apples falling off the tree in our backyard. They’re green, not because they’re unripe, but because they’re Gravensteins. Luther Burbank – "The Wizard of Horticulture" -- once said, "It has often been said that if the Gravenstein could be had throughout the year,
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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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