The Easiest Cranberry Lemon Hot Cross Buns


Hot Cross Buns show up every Easter in bakeries and have a long tradition in the British Isles since raisin buns and muffins are popular for both home, bakery, and tea room items. They are a beloved breakfast and tea…

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The Slow Cooker: Family-style Winter Tomato Sauce

The most famous of tomato sauces are Italian and they are rustic preparations. Marinara sauce is a basic vegetarian tomato sauce. I make a wide variety of pasta sauces in the slow cooker. This is a family sized recipe for a long cooking marinara sauce. It is a pot of fabulous tomato wine sauce, that goes together in minutes using canned tomatoes, that simmers all day.

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My Favorite Buckwheat Crêpes

I adapted my first buckwheat crêpes from this old Chez Panisse recipe that uses beer for the liquid; they are delightfully light-flavored despite the addition of the often intensely musky buckwheat. This recipe, good for sweet or savory versions, utilizes lots of eggs and flavorful flat beer in the batter.

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The Baker: Food Processor Italian Whole Wheat with Marinated Goat Cheese

I took a bread baking class at a virtually unknown cooking school, long gone and forgotten now, with my mother in the 1980s and learned this Italian whole wheat bread. It is called a traditional pane integrale.

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About Venison

The bright red meat called venison, the king of game meats and food of kings, has been a culinary staple in European and American diets for centuries.  If you have not been blessed with a hunter in the family, venison…

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Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks

Lamb is the stuff of myth, legend, and part of the story of the domestication of animals.  It is mentioned in the Bible and were used not only for religious purposes, but for food and wool.  It is a meat that…

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Vegetarian Paella

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Paella in about 30 minutes? Sure! Paella, a composed dry rice dish very similar to Creole Jambalaya and Mexican Arroz con Pollo, is usually a bit of an extravagance both ingredient and time-wise. Americans have taken the Spanish signature dish and adapted it enthusiastically into a fast, satisfying vegetarian one-dish weeknight meal. Here I use quick-cooking brown rice in place of using the white rice.

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The Rice Cooker: Steam Me A Pud

I started making steamed puddings in my restaurant days. Barbara Hiken brought in a recipe from one of the waitresses for persimmon pudding and we made it that day. And never made another recipe since it was so darn good. But you have to wait for the persimmon season to get the puree to make it since persimmons are a fruit that is not canned or frozen commercially.

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Holiday Baking: Christmas Butter Cookies



Butter cookies are good for company, for Christmas Eve, after mass, after dinner.  They are a gloriously simple rolled cookie. And this recipe is the one perfect recipe to have in your stash of Christmas cookies for giving and sharing,…

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The Ultimate Home Casserole

While it has Italian roots, there is no American cook who doesn’t have a version of the filling and satisfying layered pasta, tomato sauce, and cheese. In most of my books I have a version of lasagna and it seems like every time I make it, it is a bit different.

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