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Cool New App

I cherish my library of cookbooks and refer to them often for ideas. But the problem with books is they don't change. I think I've memorized half of my grease splattered collection and am now moving a lot of it into storage. I will always love the books and seek out new ones, but lately I'm hooked on a the new app from the folks at Food52. — Read More —
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HOW TO COOK FOR A CROWD (without losing your mind)

A friend of mine recently complained that she has 19 relatives coming for dinner this Sunday, and she's in charge of cooking. She wanted to know, how was she going to pull this off with the help of no one other then her 12-year-old? — Read More —
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Anna’s Test Kitchen – Hummus deconstructed

To become a good cook, one has to be open to learning. And there is nothing better then discovering super-easy-to-apply tips that have a big impact on the final dish. Tips like letting pizza dough sit for a couple days before making your pies (it gives the crust that tang) and cutting the sugar in cookbook desert recipes by 10% (most deserts are too sweet). Some of this wisdom is gathered by trial and error, some comes from all those cookbooks I read and some comes from hanging around real chefs. — Read More —
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Perfect Roast Chicken

If you ever want to win me over, make me a roast chicken. For me, this simple dish perfectly straddles the line between comfort food to be inhaled alone while wearing fat pants, and classical fare suitable to serve to even your foodiest friends. — Read More —
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Bake(d) Sale Coming Soon – The Road to the Legalization of Pot

I'm looking forward to the day when the prohibition on marijuana comes to an end in Canada. It's a promise the Liberal government made during the election campaign and appears to be one they plan to make good on. It's not going to happen tomorrow, but as far as I'm concerned, the sooner the better. I'm anxious to get baking. — Read More —
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Game Day Menu

Hey Superbowl fans, your time is now! Truthfully, I couldn't care less about football, but as many people know I'll take any excuse to throw a party. Here's the list of tried and true recipes I'll be serving on Sunday.  — Read More —
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Easy Peasy Pupcakes

As anyone who owns a dog knows, the furry little buggers can cost you a lot of money: food, toys, grooming, dog-walking, daycare, vaccinations, not to mention dealing with any health issues. It can REALLY add up. — Read More —
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Vegging Out

Over the Christmas holidays I was asked to bring escarole lettuce to a new year's eve dinner party. The host had forgotten to pick it up. I had to go to four grocery stores to find it, but I'm glad I finally did. It was added to soup, right before serving. Crazy good! Lettuce in soup. I had no idea this was a thing. — Read More —
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Best Cookbooks of 2015

For anyone with a keen home cook on their Christmas list (or if you happen to be one yourself) read on for my top cookbook picks from 2015. — Read More —
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Raising Your Bar(cart)

I like to keep a well stocked bar. Not just for myself, but for my friends who seem to invite themselves over a lot. Which I love of course. I was born to entertain! And as we're soon heading into the official entertaining season, it's more important than ever to be at the ready. Here is everything you need to become a mixologist along with a few buying tips and recommendations. — Read More —
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The New Starbucks

On a recent trip to Seattle I stumbled across the latest offering from that ubiquitous coffee chain that was born in this very city, Starbucks. If you find yourself looking for something to do while in The Emerald City and in need of a "coffee break", the Tasting Room is worth your time. And this from someone who doesn't drink much coffee. — Read More —