Archives for October 2013

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Pumpkin From The Ground Up

by Jane Wangersky October 31st, 2013| Cooking Basics
I don't know about you, but tomorrow I'm going to have a lot of pumpkin to deal with. It's the supermarket's fault. Instead of selling pumpkins by weight, they're just letting them go for $2.50 each, and of course I wanted to get as much as I could for
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Caramel Apples: No Unwrapping Required

by Elizabeth Skipper October 30th, 2013| Ask the Chef
Is there an easy way to make caramel apples at home that doesn't involve wrapping an apple in a cellophane wrapped piece of caramel?

Is there a way to make caramel apples that doesn't involve unwrapping lots of caramels? Yes. Is there an easy way to make caramel apples that

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

by BnB Finder October 29th, 2013| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Here's a comforting dessert that will bring a touch of spring to your autumn by using the last of this year's rhubarb and strawberries. The surprise ingredient is balsamic vinegar, balanced by the sweetness of the berries and a generous amount of sugar in the filling and topping. Save

Don’t Get Spooked by Halloween Cookies

by James Maynard October 25th, 2013| Video
Halloween cookies are one of the greatest parts of the holiday, especially for children. These sweet treats can be a quick, easy fun snack to feed to children of all ages. Making cookies in your own home can be a fun activity to do with children as well. In

Frosting That Doesn’t Come From A Can

by Jane Wangersky October 24th, 2013| Cooking Basics
Back when I was learning to cook (and believed you couldn't make a cake without cake mix), we didn't have any of this fancy ready-to-use frosting in a plastic can. No, we used . . . frosting mix. (Really. You can still find it in some stores.)

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Cream Cheese: Is Low-Fat Interchangeable?

by Elizabeth Skipper October 23rd, 2013| Ask the Chef
Are regular cream cheese and reduced fat interchangeable in recipes?  It seems that for a cold dip it shouldn't matter, but for baking it might.  I'm open to any advice that you have to offer.

Any time you substitute an ingredient which varies substantially in fat, protein, and/or moisture content

Three-Bean Chipotle Turkey Chili

by BnB Finder October 22nd, 2013| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
There's no need to wait till Thanksgiving to enjoy some turkey. This week's recipe tells you how to use ground turkey to make a classic spicy chili, perfect for dinner on a cool fall evening. It's surprisingly quick and easy to assemble -- then get it simmering in a
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The Frosting Report

by James Maynard October 18th, 2013| Video
Few things are more delicious than home-made cookies. And what is the best part about making homemade cookies? Eating them, of course! But decorating the sweet treats takes a close second. This is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike. If you don't know
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Cake Walk

by Jane Wangersky October 17th, 2013| Cooking Basics
Lots of us grew up thinking like the little girl in the Joy of Cooking story, who told her mom, "This recipe says take milk and eggs and mix, but it doesn't say what kind of mix." To make cake, for example, you absolutely needed a cake mix.

That wasn't
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Pasta Inserts: Needed or Not?

by Elizabeth Skipper October 16th, 2013| Ask the Chef
My husband and I have a question that we'd like you to answer.  He's certain that we need a pasta pot (with the second colander-like pot), and I think it just is something else to store.  Who's right?

You think I'm going to answer whether you or your husband is
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Pumpkin Brownies

by BnB Finder October 15th, 2013| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
It's October, and that means the flavor of the month is pumpkin. We have pumpkin lattés, pumpkin martinis, pumpkin muffins and of course good old pumpkin pie. But did you ever think of pumpkin brownies? This recipe swaps the chocolate in that old favorite for pumpkin, brown sugar, and

Caramelized Corn

by Michele Pesula Kuegler October 14th, 2013| Appetizers, Recipes
Yesterday we didn't have much on the schedule outside of shopping and football, which made for a nice mix on a Sunday.  Add to it that I was able to find some cute new items for my closet, and it became a certified great day.  Now all we needed