Archive for 2010

The Microwave: Christmas Spoon Food: Raspberry Trifle with Cream Sherry

Trifle is the quintessential winter holiday dessert and positively addicting. It might as well be the official state dessert in Great Britain. Every home, school lunchroom, tea parlor, and restaurant have a version it is so beloved.

My mom is known for her trifle, which is a cold dessert with layers of dense-textured plain cake soaked with cream sherry and a vanilla English custard, which she has made every Christmas for decades ever since she got her first microwave in the early 1980s.

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Not Your Mother’s® Casseroles

Generations of home cooks have turned to the casserole when in need of a quick and easy dinner. These assemble-and-bake meals recall memories of canned vegetables, boxed cheese and condensed soups. No more! In Faith Durand’s new book, you will find more than 200 recipes that bring together the simplicity of the one-pot meal with fresh and healthy ingredients to create casseroles that are decidedly “not your mother’s.”

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Not Your Mother’s® Fondue

Fondue is back on top when it comes to casual entertaining at home. It’s easy, interactive, and fun dining for everyone. Professional chef Hallie Harron covers everything you need to get started, including what kind of pots work best, how to serve fondue, how to calculate quantities of fondue and dippers depending on the number of diners, what to serve for sides and drinks, and other tips and techniques that will help you put together a fun and frenzy-free fondue party.

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Culinary Traveler: Scooping on Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding Party and Gluten Free Wedding Cake

People love to read about weddings as much as they like being invited to them. Of course when a wedding is called the wedding of the century for its size, location, elements of decoration, and notoriety of the participants, it gets even more fun.

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After the Party Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cupcakes

Cupcakes are the new wedding cake. The childhood favorite has grown up, trendy but not losing a bit of the sugary goodness that never fails to delight. Cupcakes are more lighthearted and casual then elaborate formal cakes, and are the perfect choice for less formal celebrations, like an after hours party.

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Creamed Corn and Parmesan Risotto

The wedding dinner was held after the sunset ceremony. The vegetarian option was a vegetable risotto. Now you are wondering how to make risotto for over a hundred people.

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Chez Dining Room: Early American Meets Hodgepodge

The American Colonial period dates from about 1620 to the end of the American Revolution. Popular furniture styles included the familiar designs of Jacobean, Queen Anne, and Chippendale. Most commonly, Colonial American furniture is based pretty extensively on the Jacobean style of English furniture.

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Welsh Rabbit with Broiled Tomatoes, Colonial Tavern Style


Welsh rabbit, or rarebit, has no bunny rabbit in it.  Rabbit is an old name for Old English Cheddar cheese, produced near the Welsh border, that was melted and poured over toast, and well, the name just stuck.  It is…

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Not Your Mother’s® Microwave Cookbook

Do you think of your microwave as simply a fast way to reheat leftovers? Think again! Microwave ovens offer a convenient, safe, and energy-efficient way to prepare breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even drinks and dessert.

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Chez Dining Room: The London Private Club

One of the characteristics of the London dining scene is the existence of the private restaurant club culture. The lunch and supper club—small, intimate, nourishing—is a long held tradition. The first clubs were in the 17th century, an offshoot of the…

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