Child’s Play: A Salad Story

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I’ve wanted to write a piece for a while about making cooking fun during the holidays. The seeds were planted when, on a trying evening, I recruited my daughter to help me make a “special” salad and pouts and whines (from both of us) turned to laughter and pensive smiles. Here’s a poem inspired by the spirit of that night. […]

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Persimmon & Pomegranate Salad with Pecan-Coated Goat Cheese

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This colorful fall salad pairs two fall treasures: the persimmon and the pomegranate. […]

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Feast Without Frenzy: Plan Ahead

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Mention the phrase “meal plan” and you’ll likely hear a litany of reasons for why there’s no time. Yet even fifteen minutes can help you set a simple framework that will make your holiday feasts less stressful. Here are three steps to crafting a plan. […]

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Carnitas de Lia

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These carnitas are based on a recipe by Michele Anna Jordan that I’ve been using for years. Because the pork is braised in its own juice, these carnitas are much lighter than the traditional version. […]

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7 Super Sustainable Seafood Picks – 2009

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As grateful as I am for the seafood guides out there, I wanted a short list of sustainable fish that were healthy and easy to understand so I could still choose wisely if I was caught without my pocket guide. So here they are: Nourish Network’s Seven Super Sustainable Seafood Picks. […]

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Gifts That Give

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It’s the time of year we’re all putting together gift lists—a roasting pan for Aunt Dottie, iTunes bucks for your favorite nephew. But consider, too, gifts that give to others as we give to those we love. Here are some ideas . . . […]

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Ruby-Studded Meringue Buttons

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These little meringue buttons studded with cranberry and cherry “rubies” and slivered almonds are light as air. They make gorgeous gifts, and are great as little nibbles amidst the rich fare of the holidays. […]

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Finding Satisfaction in Indulgence

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For years, I rode the low-cal, low-fat bandwagon. Then, this year, I went to culinary school and a funny thing happened. I made a happy truce with fat. […]

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Chocolate Chip-Candied Bacon Cookies

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Chopped Candied Bacon adds little nuggets of savory sweetness to a classic cookie. I like the richness of dark chocolate chips, but semisweet or milk chocolate would be just as delicious. For a really down-home treat, use a mix of chocolate and peanut butter chips. This is a recipe that invites your innovation. […]

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Candied Bacon

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Can anything be more decadent than candied bacon? Looking like savory-sweet lollipops, these are wonderful crumbled into cookies, served over ice cream or as a nibble with cocktails. […]

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