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Cookbooks. We anticipate their arrival. We love them and cook from them, splattering their pages. They pile up on our counters, bookshelves, and nightstands. They become our trusted advisors, friends in the kitchen.
Mercifully, even in the age of the Internet and websites like ours, people are still buying – and loving — cookbooks.
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When I was working on my cookbook Marbled, Swirled, and Layered, I had to make some tough choices about which recipes to keep and which to let go. The cookie chapter was pretty overloaded as it was, and some recipes ended up falling by the wayside.
Red and white pinwheel cookies were one of them. And that’s too bad because they are a classic holiday cookie that everyone should learn to make.
But today is your lucky day! I’m resurrecting the recipe and sharing it with you.
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Thanksgiving is almost here! Leading up to this momentous day are several days full of prep work. Oh, and we still gotta eat!
We always invite to Thanksgiving dinner any soldiers from our unit who can’t go home for various reasons – we can’t leave them to eat pizzas in the barracks! You probably have your Thanksgiving menu all planned out already, but just in case, I’m sharing my menu for that meal, too.
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If you bake regularly, you may have encountered bit of sticker shock the last time you bought a bottle of vanilla extract. There are a few reasons why we’re seeing higher prices on vanilla right now.
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I’ve been wrist deep in the business end of chickens all week. I’m on a quest to determine the best way to achieve perfect deep, golden, crispy skin, both for our everyday roast chickens and also for that bird of all birds — the Thanksgiving turkey.
Why? A well-roasted bird makes an undeniably beautiful presentation on your holiday table. Also, of course, the snap of salty, crisp skin with each tender morsel of meat is a little bite of heaven. In the end, we want a bird with tender, flavorful meat, and deeply golden, crispy skin. The goal is to inject the meat with moisture while eliminating it from the skin.
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Have you ever thought to cook green beans in the pressure cooker? They really undergo a transformation under pressure, becoming silky and soft.
Add bacon, onions, and tomatoes, and you’ve got a fast and flavorful pressure cooker side dish for the holidays — or anytime!
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Years ago, I used to host an annual holiday cookie swap at a local nonprofit community center in San Francisco. Friends and members of the community would gather together, bearing large batches of homemade cookies. Everyone would walk around, sampling cookies and taking a few of the ones we loved.
Each person left with a tin of assorted cookies, along with a slight sugar buzz.
It was a marvelous way to meet new people in the neighborhood, as well as learn about new cookies that I wasn’t familiar with. And that’s exactly how I was introduced to the magical Pfeffernusse.
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We spend so much time planning Thanksgiving dinner that breakfast is often neglected. A good breakfast, though, is part of a winning strategy.
Starving yourself for turkey won’t help—especially if you’re charged with all the cooking. No one want to pass out face first in their gravy.
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Who can resist two favorite comfort foods combined into one?
This recipe pairs cheesy goodness of macaroni and cheese with the onions, tomatoes, and spiced ground beef of a pot of beef chili. The result is the ideal meal to keep you warm on a chilly night.
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Most of us only roast a turkey once a year, so we don’t get a lot of practice doing it. Invariably, every year some urgent questions come up about the process — whether it’s your first or fiftieth time doing it.
You’ve got this. Never fear! Here are some answers to questions you may have:
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