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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How to Brew Chemex Coffee

In this step-by-step video, our friends at Elemental Coffee Roasters in Oklahoma City show you how to make great tasting coffee at home using a Chemex, one of the most popular and effective methods for brewing home coffee.

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Peas

The pea is the edible seed of of the Pisum sativum plant. Enclosed in long pod, it is technically a legume and is believed to have been first domesticated in Asia. Varieties can be divided into two categories: Green, or sweet, peas and field peas, which are dried for long-term storage. The most common variety

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Beef Plate Short Ribs

In order to really understand a cut of meat, where it comes from, and what makes it special, you need to consult an expert. Jeff de Picciotto is a whole-animal butcher and the creative genius behind Fudehouse. Here he gives you the full 411 on beef plate short ribs and their many variations.

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Basil

Basil, or Ocimum basilicum, as it is officially known, is nothing short of pure alchemy. How else can you describe its uncanny ability to harness the summer sun and deliver it directly to your tastebuds? Highly aromatic but mild in flavor with a hint of anise and mint, it brightens anything it touches

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