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Thanksgiving Improv: Spinach Pinwheels

by Jane Wangersky November 27th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
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
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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

Quick Beef Stroganoff — From Scratch

by Jane Wangersky October 23rd, 2014| Simple Solutions
Beef Stroganoff has taken lots of different forms over the past 150 years since the recipe was first published. The only constants have been -- obviously -- the beef (cubes, strips, even ground beef) and sour cream, whether just a little or a lot. Those are the two tastes
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Seafood Gumbo

by BnB Finder October 14th, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Gumbo is much more than soup, and this gumbo is special enough for a Sunday dinner, even if you're having guests. Shrimp, crab, and oysters come together in a thick, rich, spicy base. It will take patience, especially if you've never made roux (a flour-fat base for soup or

Essential Chili: The 4 Things You Really Need

by Jane Wangersky October 9th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
I’ve got several time-honored, long-cooking, big-batch chili recipes that use chunks of beef and about 10 kinds of spices. This isn’t one of them. But it’s quick and easy, it tastes good, and you can build on it till it’s almost like one of those more ambitious chilis.

Keeping it

Turkey With What Sauce?

by Elizabeth Skipper June 11th, 2014| Ask the Chef
Maybe once or twice a year I make a turkey or turkey breast, when it is not during the holiday season.  However, I am not able to find fresh or frozen cranberries to make cranberry sauce.  Is there another fruit I could use (and find easily) to make a

Where Does All the Spinach Go?

by Elizabeth Skipper April 30th, 2014| Ask the Chef
I always am surprised when I cook with fresh spinach, instead of frozen.  I have a hard time estimating how much I need.  It seems to reduce by an incredible amount.  Is there a ratio for fresh spinach to cooked spinach (and how much you’ll need per person)? 

Other than
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Salmon Sauce

by BnB Finder April 22nd, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Though there's nothing simpler or more delicious than fresh grilled salmon, in this version of it the sauce is really what makes the dish. It's rich, tasty -- and made entirely out of ingredients you probably already have on hand. Tips for grilling salmon follow, so you can whip

Fresh-Tasting Leftovers

by Jane Wangersky March 6th, 2014| Cooking Basics
A few days ago I was overwhelmed with leftovers. It happens to all of us from time to time. Somebody doesn’t make it home to dinner, or somebody’s appetite suddenly falls off, or whatever. Anyway, you’ve got a fridge full of cold food, and nobody, including yourself, is going
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Easy as Chicken Pot Pie

by James Maynard March 3rd, 2014| Video
Chicken pot pie is perfect for late winter days, when warm food can feel like the only way to feel human. Many people also consider this dish to be a comfort food. Most of us remember these delicious treats from when we were children. However, many parents served their
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Plenty of Wine-ing in the Kitchen

by James Maynard December 13th, 2013| Video
Cooking with wine is one of the hallmarks of really great chefs. Cooking wine is nearly essential in any home where meals are prepared. Wine can be used for any number of applications, from de-glazing pans to poaching, and everything in between. In this video, we learn how to

Life is Based on Carbonara

by James Maynard December 6th, 2013| Video
Chicken Carbonara is a popular Italian dish that looks much more difficult to prepare than it is when you are actually in the kitchen. This chicken recipe can be made quickly and easily, surprising guests with its delicious aroma and taste. Watch this video, and you will learn how
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