Archives for 2013


Al Mascarpone Was Walnuts

by James Maynard September 27th, 2013| Video
Italian desserts are among the favorite ethnic sweet treats in America, and with good reason. The use of mascarpone, a soft cheese, gives many Italian desserts a unique flavor. Watch this video and learn how to easily make prize-winning mascarpone-filled walnut rolls. They not only taste great, but the

Picking Flour

by Jane Wangersky September 26th, 2013| Cooking Basics
"How is bread made?"
"I know that!" Alice cried eagerly. "Take some flour --"
"Where do you pick the flower?" the White Queen asked.

Well, we all know that -- off the shelf in the supermarket. But "picking" your flour isn't that simple, once you start reading the bags. They

Help From Outside the Box

by Elizabeth Skipper September 25th, 2013| Ask the Chef
I hate to admit it, but I use Hamburger Helper on a biweekly basis.  I would like to eliminate using pre-packaged meal starters, but I'm not sure how to begin.  What advice can you offer me?

Forgive me, but I'd hate to admit it, too. Good for you for wanting

10 Fitch Tropical Breakfast Sorbet

by BnB Finder September 24th, 2013| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Looking over so many recipes from bed and breakfasts all over the U.S., I'm often impressed by the hosts' inventiveness in coming up with breakfast dishes for their guests. This week, for example, we have breakfast sorbet -- it's like starting off your day with ice cream. The tropical fruits

Grilled Onions with Tomales “Bay Blue” Cheese

by Michele Pesula Kuegler September 23rd, 2013| Recipes, Side Dishes
Summer may be coming to the end, but that doesn't mean that grilling season ends along with it.  Even here in chilly-ish New Hampshire, we still are grilling dinners outdoors and probably will do so for a month or two longer.  Of course, the regular menu of hamburgers and
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You Play Football, Cupcake?

by James Maynard September 20th, 2013| Video
It is September, and that means that football season is right around the corner. And having friends and family over for games is going to mean creating great food for your football get-togethers. Why not wow everyone with a pull-apart football-shaped cupcake? Everyone loves cupcakes, and when it looks

In the Raw, Oklahoma City, OK

by Editorial Team September 20th, 2013| Techniques, Tools, and Tips
It's boring in Oklahoma City when the NBA is off-season.

I'm a woman of simplicity. There's pretty much three things I like to do in the evenings - watch Kevin Durant play with his eclectic but cohesive playing style, write, and eat out at nice restaurants with nicer prices.

However, it's September

Sugar Sugar

by Jane Wangersky September 19th, 2013| Cooking Basics
One year, my son's teacher thought it would be nice for his class to build gingerbread houses for Christmas -- with gingerbread baked at home. From scratch. He sent home a recipe, and another mom and I began commiserating because we didn't have a lot of the ingredients. At
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Tomatoes: You Can

by Elizabeth Skipper September 18th, 2013| Ask the Chef
I've seen boxes of "canning tomatoes" available at my local farm stand.  Is there anything they can be used for, besides canning?  

In my experience, there are two kinds of "canning tomatoes." One refers to varieties of tomatoes which are particularly suitable for canning, meaning they have a high

Apple Fritters

by BnB Finder September 17th, 2013| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Fritters are a traditional crispy treat we don't often hear about anymore, but they're still going strong at the Maple Leaf Inn in Barnard, Vermont. They complement the building's "many turn-of-the-century features: gables, dormers, ginger-bread trim . . ." and more.  As the weather gets cooler and
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Animal Farm Cake is a Squealer!

by James Maynard September 13th, 2013| Video
Nothing can be more fun – or harder to prepare for – than a child's party. Whether is for a birthday party or another reason, kids love food that is fun, colorful and decorative. In this video, we learn how we can create an entire edible farm scene, complete

Rice to Know

by Jane Wangersky September 12th, 2013| Cooking Basics
When I was growing up, there was a seemingly endless stream of TV commercials telling us how hard it was to cook rice. I can still see the unhappy face of the woman in one commercial, poking at her underdone (or was it overdone?) rice while the voiceover said