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I lived as a vegetarian for more than a decade, and then I met my husband, who happens to be a hunter. I slowly tiptoed into the world of eating, and later, preparing meat, but it took a good while to find comfort in cooking foods so unfamiliar to me. The first time I made
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I’m from Omaha, Nebraska, where the Reuben sandwich was born (sorry, New Yorkers), and I grew up eating this classic sandwich. I’ve had it in the homes of my mother, grandmothers, aunts and uncles. I’ve also consumed plenty of Reubens at bars and restaurants, where they usually come with a side of onion rings. It’s
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Give me sausage, eggs, potatoes, and cheese for breakfast, and I know it’ll be a great day ahead. This tater tot casserole combines all of these items into one delicious breakfast dish. It makes a great dish for a weekend brunch, or add it to your meal plan and eat it for breakfast throughout the
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Welcome to our new series on seasonal fruits and vegetables! When I first started cooking I didn’t understand what was even meant by “seasonal” when it came to food. It wasn’t until I started gardening and shopping at our local farmers markets that it hit home. Every vegetable and fruit has its season—a season when
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This is my mother-in-law’s chicken soup. She is of Mexican descent and her soup is held in high esteem in our household. As soon as the cold weather arrives, this soup goes into the weekly rotation. We never get tired of having it on the menu! Continue reading “Easy Mexican Chicken and Rice Soup” »
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By Carrie Havranek Soup is a regular occurrence in my house throughout the winter. A few years ago, I felt into the habit of making soup and a loaf of bread every Monday. My family learned to anticipate it, and we ended up bringing several new soups into the rotation to stand alongside our old
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Earlier last year, I had the good fortune to travel to Cambodia to visit a friend who lives there. I had a long stay, so had plenty of time to explore Phnom Penh and the surrounding areas – and eat lots of food! Most people in Phnom Penh buy their food from the markets. I
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Pot roast is such a comforting, all-American dish; you almost don’t want to mess with it. Almost. When you add North African ingredients such as turmeric, ginger, cumin and coriander, along with pomegranate juice (for a little sweetness), you end up with something new, a bit exotic, and altogether fantastic! Continue reading “Moroccan Pot Roast”
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If you go to France and never learn a word of the language, at the very least you should come home knowing the names of the two most popular cafe sandwiches: Croque Monsieur and Croque Madame. These are both toasted sandwiches made with ham and cheese – “croque” roughly translates as “crunch” or “crunchy.” The
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This month, Summer Miller is back and excited to share her family’s meal plans for December. Happy holidays, everyone! My general philosophy is to eat as healthy as I can, most of the time. For me, this means that not much is actually off limits, but I focus more on eating in moderation. When planning our meals
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This post is brought to you in partnership with Mission Foods. Show of hands — who is here to watch the game…. ok, now, who is here for the food?! Yup, that’s about what we figured. Not to say you can’t enjoy all the touch downs, field goals, and extra points happening on the screen, but what’s
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This chickpea curry is so flavorful, yet so simple to prepare. Just a few minutes of prep and a press of a button on the slow cooker, and the next thing you know, the smell of curry is wafting through the kitchen. This dish is vegan, gluten-free, and immensely delicious. To build flavor without piling
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You’ve got the main event covered—some kind of roasted meat, right? But what to serve alongside? Well, here are our ten best suggestions to go with lamb, prime rib, glazed ham, or turkey! Continue reading “10 Best Side Dishes to Serve with a Holiday Roast” » Simply Recipes
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Kale, oh kale. The craze for kale has not abated, and I, for one, am glad about it. If the general public can embrace kale, who knows what culinary boundaries we can cross together in the future? Kale has long been a popular vegetable in New England since it can be grown all year round
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This month, Summer Miller is back and excited to share her family’s meal plans for December. Happy holidays, everyone! I try to feed my family a few dishes I know they will like each week, combined with a few new items I hope they will try. I’m a big believer in food love by association. So far,
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What can you make with almondmilk? What CAN’T you make?! Check out this round-up of recipes from Almond Breeze: Lemon Almond Bread, Creamy Garlic Pasta, Scalloped Potatoes, and more. P.S. Try the Almond Cashew Blend from Almond Breeze to add extra creaminess to these recipes! Continue reading “14 Recipes to Make with AlmondMilk” » Simply
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Do you hate crowds? Do you have gift-giving anxiety? I do. In fact, I’ll do almost anything to stay out of the stores during the holidays. My friends all know that they will receive a gift, but that gift will come from my kitchen. Continue reading “Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix” » Simply Recipes
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You guys, I get so much joy out of converting slow cooker recipes into brand spanking new versions for the electric pressure cooker. There are so many advantages to doing this! Everything cooks much faster, so there’s no need to plan ahead—yet you can also leave the food on the “Keep Warm” setting if you
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This chocolate icebox cake was a standby at my grandmother’s house. She made hers in a loaf pan, turned it out, and covered it in icing. Then she served it sliced paper-thin, on the diagonal, which showed off all the delicious layers. It is no surprise that later in life, with a family of my
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When it arrived, the first page that fell open in Jill O’Connor’s new book Cake, I Love You! was her recipe for Salted Pecan Cake. A not-so-subtle voice in my head screamed, “Stop what you are doing right now and go directly into the kitchen.” Continue reading “Salted Pecan Cake + First Look at “Cake,
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Florence, the capital of Tuscany, is known as the birthplace of the Renaissance. But art is not its only treasure. The food of Florence is renowned, albeit simple and with roots in peasant cuisine. One famous dish, a hefty Tuscan steak, is grilled and often served on a bed of spinach with a few lemon
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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. Continue reading “Why is Vanilla Extract So Expensive Right Now?” » Simply Recipes
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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
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I’ve always thought of tiramisu as a “restaurant dessert.” You know – one of those fancy desserts that you would never think to make at home. This is mostly because tiramisu is one of two desserts that my mom always orders at restaurants (the other being crème brulee; she likes a classic). I’d honestly never
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When it comes to big holiday meals like Thanksgiving and Christmas, I am a big believer in multiple desserts. Specifically pies. It just doesn’t feel festive to me without some variety. This Coconut Banana Cream Pie, a hybrid of coconut cream pie and banana cream pie, is Since this Coconut Banana Cream Pie is actually
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When is a baked potato not a baked potato? When it’s a hasselback potato! These crispy, crunchy, buttery potatoes with their accordion-like appearance take only a little more effort than a baked potato and are a knockout when served alongside a special dinner. Think holiday roast, date night steak, or Easter ham. Continue reading “Crispy
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This is not your Aunt Mary’s lasagna—or one you’ve likely encountered from any family member! There’s no tomato sauce and no meat. Just fresh pasta sheets layered with four different kinds of delicious cheese. This lasagna is golden with crispy-chewy edges on top and creamy insides in the middle. This makes a heavenly and decadent
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I have been a long-time follower of Naomi Robinson’s blog, Baker’s Royale. It was her lush and textured photography style that initially drew me in, but it’s been her delicious, homemade desserts that keep me coming back. Her new book, also titled Baker’s Royale, is full of beautifully shot, approachable recipes – 75 of them!
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This easy one-pot chicken and rice soup is one that definitely deserves to be in your collection. It’s just the thing for warming you up on a cold night, or providing comfort when you’re feeling under the weather. The best part? You literally throw all the ingredients in the pot and let them simmer in
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Don’t you love a good stir-fry? The following stir-fried pork recipe couldn’t be easier. All you need is lean pork, some green onions, and garlic. You marinate thin strips of pork first in a mixture of soy sauce, a little sugar, and cornstarch. The cornstarch marinade is a useful trick to help keep the pork
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