Month: January 2015

One of the most loved recipes on the site is our banana bread, and one thing people seem to like to do to change it up is to add chocolate chips to it. That’s sort of a no-brainer, right? Dear banana bread lovers, putting chocolate chips in your banana bread is like having your bananas and chocolate go on
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One of my favorite comforting soups is Mexican chicken posole, with a hominy-rich chicken broth, chunks of chicken, and heaped with toppings. And as anyone who loves posole knows, it’s all about the toppings—avocados, cabbage, radishes, cilantro, Mexican cheese. So why not turn those into a salad? Continue reading “Chicken Posole Salad” » SimplyRecipes.com
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These are sticky. These are messy. These are the best darn chicken wings I’ve ever had. As in keep them away from me or I’ll eat them all. As in protect your wings or I’ll take them when you’re not looking. As in you’ll need more napkins because these wings really are finger-licking awesome. Continue
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Do you ever get a craving for lasagna, and start thinking of the different ingredients you’ll need, but stop when you remember that it will take close to 2 hours to make and you want something sooner rather than later? This cheesy tortellini casserole is for those moments. It’s a bit like a baked lasagna—with pasta, cheese,
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When the cooler weather appears, nothing is more comforting than a warm bowl of potato soup. This potato leek soup is a classic, and so easy to make! You soften chopped leeks in butter, then add diced potatoes, stock, and herbs, bring to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are done. You don’t need
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Making popcorn from scratch can be tricky. Not only do you want as many kernels as possible to pop, but you also want to keep the kernels from burning at the bottom of the pan. Until my mother showed me her way of cooking popcorn, I usually took the easy way out and used (gasp!)
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Isn’t it great that some of our most colorful fruits and vegetables come into season during the dreariest days of winter? Now is the time for citrus—oranges, lemons, limes. My mother and I planted a lime tree several years ago and it has finally decided to produce limes. Mom has so many she can’t give them away.
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When we were kids, my mother used to make this Parmesan chicken dish that was so good we would fight for drippings, every last crumb. She would start with a whole chicken, remove the skin and bones (and use them for making chicken stock), and then cut the meat into small pieces. (She made “nuggets”
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There’s something wonderfully comforting about macaroni and cheese, isn’t there? Especially in the dead of winter when you are looking for excuses not to venture outside your house into the cold. Continue reading “Broccoli Cheddar Mac and Cheese” » SimplyRecipes.com
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Every year, for the last 30 years at least, my parents and the neighbors on their small cul de sac throw a holiday party. The party used to be the progressive sort—appetizers at one house, the main at another, dessert and coffee at another. These days, given that most of the revelers are now in their 80s,
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