Archives for 2013


Turkey Apple Meatballs

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 25th, 2013| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
Meatballs have to be in my top five favorite dishes to make for Tapas Monday.  There are a number of reasons for this.  First, meatballs are a great small bite food.  (Of course, for my husband one meatball is a bite, for me it is three or four, but

Thanksgiving for This Turkey Advice!

by James Maynard November 22nd, 2013| Video
For most Americans, Thanksgiving means turkey on the table. But, many people are afraid of roasting a turkey. It is easy to dry it out during preparation. A dry turkey is one of the classic bad moves of Thanksgiving cooking. One way of keeping your bird juicy is to

Pie Crust in Progress

by Jane Wangersky November 21st, 2013| Cooking Basics
Maybe twice a year, maybe more often if we get a lot of rhubarb growing in the backyard, I make pie. In other words, I can hardly claim to have a lot of practice. Still, year after year I resist buying ready-made pie shells because I don't want to

Thanksgiving Dinner Part III: The Turkey

by Elizabeth Skipper November 20th, 2013| Ask the Chef
OK, in the last two weeks we've covered planning and the side dishes. This third part of answering the question about hosting Thanksgiving for the first time single-handed will cover the focus of the meal, the turkey itself.

If you've bought a frozen turkey, exercise care thawing it. Otherwise, bacterial
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Orange Cranberry Soufflé

by BnB Finder November 19th, 2013| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Soufflés are delicious, but can be tricky to make -- usually you need to separate the eggs, whip the whites till they turn stiff instead of liquid,  and hope the whole thing doesn't fall as it's baking. Not this one! Already-baked (and already puffed) croissants are soaked in an
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That’s the Way the Cakey Crumbles

by James Maynard November 15th, 2013| Video
Crumb-coating a cake can make a simple dessert look professional. A crumb coat is a thin layer of frosting that seals in stray crumbs and hardens in the fridge to form a base that makes further frosting a snap. In this video, how to properly spread frosting for use

Roast Meat: Just Heat

by Jane Wangersky November 14th, 2013| Cooking Basics
We can now buy ready-cooked roast beef at the supermarket. Just heat and enjoy! But . . . that's pretty much how you cook roast beef in the first place. Just heat and enjoy. It's a lot less expensive than the ready-cooked stuff, and it tastes better. You just
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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

10-Layer Cookies

by BnB Finder November 12th, 2013| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Here's a treat for your Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas cookie swap: Cookies made with one not one, not two, but four different flavors of baking chips, plus a raft of other favorite dessert ingredients, all layered and baked together. No, this is not exactly health food, but it's a

First Snow Means Chocolate!

by James Maynard November 8th, 2013| Video
November is here, and that means the first snow is not far behind. What better reason can there be to celebrate the coming of winter than with chocolate? Gather your family and friends together for chocolate snowballs, and welcome the first snowflakes as they fall. In this recipe, we
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The Gravy (Sauce, Soup) Thickens

by Jane Wangersky November 7th, 2013| Cooking Basics
What turns broth and drippings into gravy, and milk into white sauce? What makes it tomato soup instead of hot tomato juice? What gives these things that little bit of extra body and thickness that makes all the difference? In a word, starch.

There are several starchy ingredients that can
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Thanksgiving Dinner Part I: Planning

by Elizabeth Skipper November 6th, 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?

So you and hubby are to single-handedly put on Thanksgiving dinner for