Roasted Pepitas

If you are using a fresh pumpkin, you will have pumpkin seeds, which can be roasted and salted for some good nibbling, used in baking, or for a topping on salads.

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Vampire Dessert Buffet-Recipes and How To

photograph by Philip Burne-Jones Bt. (1861-1926)

Buffet Preparation, Storage,and Service Timeline

  • Prepare two chocolate tortes, the chocolate sauce, the crêpes, almonds, biscotti, chocolate chip cookie dough, and double batch of compote 2 to 3 days ahead.
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So You Wanna Host An End of Summer Potluck-A Chat About Tips of the Trade

I get lots of questions about how to do a potluck and tips on giving a successful end-of-summer outdoor buffet party. Here are some off the cuff Q&As and a favorite recipe for entertaining.

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Caramel Brie

This is a rave recipe for a group; Brie cheese is presented with a thick top coating of caramel. As the party goers cut the cheese, they get some caramel at the same time to spread on crackers or apple slices. It is a flavor combo made in culinary heaven.

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Slow Cooker: Sujata’s Curried Chicken Wings

People just adore all manner of chicken wings and there are dozens of glazes and marinades to spice them up. This version is coated with a homemade curry paste and have a colorful history. They are mildly spicy, flavorful, and fabulous, easily made in the slow cooker.

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Zappetizers for New Year’s Eve

The microwave makes appetizer entertaining easier and faster than ever. As any cook knows, appetizers can be the most daunting forms of cookery, often culminating in days of planning, labor, and last minute assembly. So when time is short and social gatherings are relaxed, it is helpful to have a few easy-to-create secret recipes for dips at hand. And enter the microwave to the rescue.

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I’m Dreaming of a White Chocolate Dessert for Christmas

I think white chocolate is one of the exotic, mysterious ingredients in the baker’s kitchen. My friends from Europe seek out white chocolate and enjoy its creamy flavor and consistency. It is much less a mainstream item in America.

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The Baker: French Walnut and Onion Bread

This has been oh such a favorite bread of mine for decades, as well as one of the first country breads I tackled. Containing walnuts and onions, it has a full developed flavor and aroma that is delightfully addictive. It is a recipe adapted from one by the late British food writer Jane Grigson in her wonderful book Good Things, published in the 1960s…

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The Baker: Chinatown Green Onion Cakes

Staple Chinese breads are made with wheat, as in areas of Central Asia, they grow crops similar to the ones on our Great Plains. Since most Chinese homes had only a rudimentary kitchen or cooked outdoors over an open fire, the type of breads they make reflect this. Savory bread rounds leavened with baking powder are often baked on griddles over an open fire, and are assertively seasoned with scallions, garlic, lots of sesame seeds, or peppercorns.

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Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies

I come from a long line of movie buffs. I mean hard core movie lovers from way back. I went to the movies every Sunday with my Aunt Marge all the years starting from about age 6 growing up in northern New Jersey. My aunt had all the old Dell Publishing Modern Screen and Photoplay movie magazines form the 1930s on up, as well as books written by the movie stars about their lives.

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