Parmigiano-Reggiano

According to the World Cheese Book, to taste a piece of Parmigiano-Reggiano “is to taste a piece of Italian geological, culinary, and cultural history.” We can think of no other cheese that is more associated with, and reflective of, its country of origin. There is nothing like it, and for good reason.

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Lemongrass

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citrates), also known as citronella, is a favorite flavoring ingredient in Asian cuisines, particularly Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese. This tall, fibrous tropical grass is native to India, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia and has a distinct lemony fragrance that comes from an essential oil known as citral. It has a white fleshy bulbous base where most

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Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce

We have a lot of impromptu happy hours in my neighborhood.  At least once a month, one neighbor or another will send out the word, and we’ll all gather for drinks and conversation.  Of course, there is always some food involved, the typical quick and easy things you’d expect at these kinds of gatherings: Good

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Classic Pesto

Although it’s most famously paired with pasta, pesto 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 you can easily put your own signature

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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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