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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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Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar Carrot Stuffing

by Jane Wangersky November 20th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
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
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Cranberry-Ginger Relish

by Jane Wangersky November 13th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
As Thanksgiving gets nearer (for those of you in the U.S., anyway -- in Canada, we had it last month, so you get the benefit of my recent experience), you probably know you’re expected to serve cranberries in some form. You may think your only choices are canned cranberry
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Winter Squash: Seasonal Side Dish

by Jane Wangersky November 7th, 2014| Cooking Basics
It’s the time of year when the zucchini finally gives out to make way for its late-season relatives. Winter squash comes in dozens of different shapes and colors, with imaginative names like butternut, delicata, and Calabaza, but inside it’s all much the same -- lots of seeds and orange
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Easy Stuffed Eggplant

by Jane Wangersky November 6th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Eggplant is one of those foods, like fish, that people think they don’t like, but it’s really got a lot going for it -- a mild taste that goes with countless other foods, a shape and texture that can be transformed into almost anything you want, a Mediterranean background,
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Salsa Aspic: Hot and Cool

by Jane Wangersky July 3rd, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
You might think of this as really thick salsa. Or maybe as Jello for the main course. Or as something like cranberry sauce -- it’s made of fruit (tomatoes are fruit), it’s jellied, and it’s meant to be served along with meat or another main dish. However you look
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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
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Thanksgiving Dinner Part II: Pies, Sides, Stuffing

by Elizabeth Skipper November 13th, 2013| Ask the Chef
I am making my first Thanksgiving dinner for the family, which is a group of 10. I've eaten many dinners and helped family, but my husband and I have never made the whole dinner. What advice can you offer?

Last week I wrote about the importance of planning when you're hosting

Ricotta-Topped Zucchini

by TT July 16th, 2012| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday
Living next to a farm, we have easy access to fresh produce during local growing seasons.  Even better, our farm very kindly lists what new items are in season on their roadside sign.  Thus, when I travel anywhere outside of our neighborhood, I am aware of what is ripe

Mashed Potatoes with a Ricer?

by Elizabeth Skipper May 29th, 2012| Ask the Chef
Watching a cooking show the other night, I saw a chef make mashed potatoes using a ricer. I've always used a handheld potato masher. Is it a ricer a better tool, or is there a different kitchen utensil/appliance that would make great mashed potatoes? (My family adores mashed potatoes,

Green Bean Fries

by TT April 23rd, 2012| Appetizers, Side Dishes
I will start with a disclaimer.  Do not make this recipe as a way of replacing french fries for people who love them.  Although they are salty and have a similar shape, no fan of the french fry will think of these as an equivalent substitute.  That being said,

Brussel Sprouts & Sausage

by TT January 5th, 2012| Main Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes
It may be the first week of January, but I still have recipes from our Christmas Eve feast to share.  As I was considering what recipe to share next, I decided that since I started with dessert I should continue to work backward through the meal.  Thus, the next
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