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Asparagus Soup

by BnB Finder December 31st, 2013| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Soup is, of course, the perfect winter comfort food -- but it can also be an elegant dish to celebrate the New Year. This soup will remind you of asparagus with Hollandaise sauce, combining the classic spring vegetable with white wine, two kinds of cream, chicken stock, garlic, lemon,
Mascarpone Frosting

Mascarpone Frosting- 2 versions

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 30th, 2013| Desserts, Recipes
Last Monday I wrote about the pear cake that I made on a recent, snowy Sunday.  As I mentioned in the article, this cake was topped with frosting.  Like the cake, the frosting was a new-to-me recipe.  Something had me thinking about mascarpone and its delicious flavor- how
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Sweet Corn Soup with Crab

by James Maynard December 27th, 2013| Video
Soups are one of the best things about winter. Nothing feels quite as satisfying on a cold winter evening as a bowl of nice, hot soup, fresh from the stove. Crab is a unique flavor, and pairing it with sweet corn in a meal presents your guests with a
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6 Foods to Start Making Yourself

by Jane Wangersky December 26th, 2013| Cooking Basics
If you're thinking of resolving to spend less and eat healthier this year, you can start by deciding to cut down on the convenience foods and learn to make at least a few foods from scratch. Here are some ideas for starters:

Tomato sauce -- start by cooking vegetables (onions,
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Where There’s Smoky Flavor . . .

by Elizabeth Skipper December 25th, 2013| Ask the Chef
What’s the easiest way to infuse a smoky flavor into foods while cooking indoors for the winter?

There are a number of ways to add a smoky flavor to what you're cooking; it depends on what you're making. As you ask about cooking indoors during the winter, I assume you
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Triple Almond Scones

by BnB Finder December 24th, 2013| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
If you have a scone pan you'd like to use more often, try this week's recipe. It's simple, making use of kitchen staples and a few almond products you can easily pick up at the store. You don't even really need the almond flour; you can grind up some
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Pear Cake

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 23rd, 2013| Desserts, Recipes
The other weekend we were expecting an overnight snowstorm.  As we weren't sure how much snow we would get, we decided to be stocked and ready for a Sunday spent indoors.  To end our snowy day we would enjoy a freshly baked dessert, pear cake.

Cake is one of my
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Curry and Make this Fried Chicken Salad

by James Maynard December 20th, 2013| Video
Curry fried chicken salad provides an exotic twist on an American staple. Although chicken salad is usually thought of as a summer dish it makes a great lunch any time of year. This makes an excellent sandwich filler. It can also be served on the side with a larger
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Mince Pie Demystified

by Jane Wangersky December 19th, 2013| Cooking Basics
Few of us eat mince pie any time except Christmas, so it's not something the home baker has much practice with. The inclination is to buy your pie, or at least the filling, ready made. But, as with many holiday dishes, mince pie is simpler to make from scratch
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Deep Frying, With or Without a Deep Fryer

by Elizabeth Skipper December 18th, 2013| Ask the Chef
I’d like to try deep frying at home.  Do I need to buy a deep fryer, or can I use a large pot?  If I can use a pot, is there a better size, shape, etc.?

Just as with almost any other kitchen task, no, you don't need a special
candy cane cookies

Candy Cane Cookies

by BnB Finder December 17th, 2013| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Here's a Christmas treat that combines two favorites: cookies and candy canes. These cookies are not only shaped like real, 3-d candy canes, they're also rolled in a coating of sugar and crushed candy cane. After making a batch of simple sugar cookie dough (remember to use confectioner's sugar),
scallion dip

Scallion Dip

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 16th, 2013| Appetizers, Recipes
With a big snowstorm forecast for the weekend, we planned on being home late Saturday afternoon before the storm began and staying home for the remainder of the weekend. With most of our Christmas shopping done, we were glad to have a day to work on other home-based chores,
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