Classic Pesto

Although it’s most famously paired with pasta, pesto is one of those classic sauces that goes with just about everything; meat, fish, vegetables, rice…you name it.  So every home cook should have it in his or her repertoire. It’s an easy sauce to make with just a few keys to success.  The real beauty is that

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The Elements of Pizza

I have spent years trying to perfect homemade pizza. If only this book had existed when I started, I could have saved myself so much time and frustration. Perhaps the single most important component of a pizza, homemade or otherwise, is the crust. Who better to consult than an accomplished and renowned bread maker like Ken Forkish?

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Thyme

Thyme is used widely throughout Western and Middle Eastern cuisines. A perennial garden favorite and a member of the mint family, it is believed to have originated in Mediterranean Europe. Its tender leaves are about ¼-inch or 6 mm, even smaller than those of oregano, and are green or variegated green and yellow, depending on the variety. They have an earthy somewhat peppery

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Brie de Meaux

Brie is perhaps the most iconic of all French cheeses. There are multiple varieties based on area of origin, including Brie de Melun and Brie de Mangis, but it is Brie de Meaux which is the original and most renowned brie, having once been declared the “King of Cheeses”.

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Tradition – Hermit Cookies

Keeping a Tradition Alive One thing that has remained in my family over four generations is my great grandmother’s delicious and addictive hermit cookies. As it turns out, hermits is a type of cookie (which these days most people have never heard of), so this is my family’s version of this spice cookie with raisins

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DIY Ranch Dressing Recipes

If you’re still getting your ranch dressing from a bottle, it’s time to shake things up. Check out these recipes and techniques for creating your own “signature” version of this American classic right at home .

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Chicken Broth Concentrates

When cooking with chicken broth, nothing beats homemade. Nothing. But it’s not always convenient to make and keep on hand. That’s why so many of us rely on the commercially produced variety. Yes it’s bland. Yes it lacks the depth of flavor of homemade, but it’s always there. It’s convenient, easy to store, and most

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Bespoke–Blackberry Pie

Family recipes have a unique way of linking the generations. Each one tells its own story and conjures up its own set of memories. This delicate and beautiful video tells the story of how three generations of women have found inspiration and solace through baking, and how one particular recipe acts as a common thread.

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How to Light a Charcoal or Wood Grill

3 Ways to Light a Charcoal Grill In the United States, you often hear the complaint that a charcoal grill takes too long to light. The truth is that if you have the right tools, charcoal is quick and easy to light, requiring little—if any—more time than it takes to preheat a gas grill. Here

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The 5 Keys to Great Coffee

I began drinking coffee sometime during the seventies; a period in American history which could easily be labelled as the dark ages. (And when I say dark, I’m not referring to the roast.) In those days, cafes were non-existent. Few outside of Seattle had ever heard of Starbucks, and the only place to go for

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