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INGREDIENTS

“You only get out of cooking what you put into it.”

 

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Bananas

The word banana comes from the Arabic “banan,” meaning finger. A fitting moniker given that these long, curved…

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Cloves

Cloves make a command performance during the holidays:  They’re on stage to flavor the pumpkin pie and gingerbread…

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Fennel

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), that crunchy, white bulbous plant with green stalks and feathery fronds is a tasty delight….

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Pumpkin

In the U.S., where most fruits and vegetables are now available year round, pumpkins remain steadfastly seasonal.  In…

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Beets

Thanks to the rise of farmers markets in cities and towns from California to Maine, Florida to Washington…

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TOOLS

“A well-appointed kitchen needn’t have a lot of tools, just the right ones.”

 

Hand Mixer Showdown

Hand Mixer Showdown

We pit two of the biggest selling hand mixers in a side-by-side comparison to see which is the reigning champ…

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Measuring Spoons

When it comes to measuring spoons, we like to say “the more, the merrier”.  Most folks have at…

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TECHNIQUES

“Give someone a recipe, they’ll make a meal. Teach them a technique, and they’ll cook for a lifetime.”

 

Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkin Puree

Most pumpkin recipes call for a pureed form of the winter squash. You could bother with peeling, cutting…

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Lemon Posset

While writing this profile on lemons, I asked a group of food writers, “What’s the quintessential lemon dessert?”  As…

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