Borscht the Soup

Whether a hearty bean or split pea, exotically smooth cream soup, or chunky vegetable soup, everyone loves homemade soup, the one bowl meal.  They “light the inner fires” says soup and bread expert food writer Bernard Clayton.  Soups are the…

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Quick Pickled Winter Vegetables


Giardiniera ~ mixed garden vegetables in a light vinegary brine ~ is probably Italy’s most popular homemade pickle. Serve giardiniera with a wide range of foods; it makes an excellent cheese platter garnish. It cuts the richness of winter stews,…

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Spaghetti with Zucchini, Basil, and Mint


Once I had the combination of fresh basil and mint, I was hooked. Then I find out the partnering has a long tradition in Italian country food. This is a lovely summer pasta, satisfying for those nights when you want…

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Fruit Crisps A to Z (Apple to Zucchini)-Winter

Fruit by the Seasons

Food that tastes good and looks appealing will never be out of style and choosing seasonal produce is one of the essential ingredients that make it so.
Since beginning my culinary career, I have been examining the…

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Kabocha Pumpkin and Coconut Milk Soup


Joyce Jue is an old friend and extraordinary cook, cookbook writer, newspaper columnist, and culinary adventurer, specializing in exotic luxury cruises along the border of Southeast Asia designed just for foodies. Here is one of her special soups using one…

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Gingerbread Stories

The flavors of gingerbread are a veritable artist’s palate of tastes with white and dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, coconut, all manner of stone fruits (especially pears, apricots, and apples), lemon, orange, dairy, raisins, dried fruit, winter squash, berries (especially raspberries, which make a smashing side sauce to drizzle over gingerbread), and warm spirits such as rum and sherry. Its almost infinite in culinary terms.

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Holiday Baking: Hungarian Poppy Seed Roll

Christmas is not considered complete without special occasion baking and Hungarian poppy seed roll is the premier of the genre. Recipes for Hungarian rolls with a poppy seed-raisin filling are known as Mákos es Dios Kalacs (known in village slang as a Beigli). Every home has it’s own recipe for these rolls and they are a favorite sweet bread.

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Chocolate Cake of the Month: Renee Shepards Chocolate Chip Carrot Cake


An irresistible moist and flavorful old fashioned cake; be prepared to share this recipe! Renee Shepherd is widely regarded as a pioneering innovator in introducing international vegetables, flowers and herbs to home gardeners and gourmet restaurants. If you are a…

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Roasted Sweet-Potato Cheesecake with Maple Whipped Cream


What we in the United States refer to as a yam is actually a variety of sweet potato. Yams have brilliant orange flesh and are moister and sweeter than sweet potato varieties labeled as sweet potatoes. Think of yams as…

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The Bread Machine: Potato Cinnamon Rolls


Cinnamon rolls are the touch that turns a cranky riser into a purely good-natured, civilized human ready to meet the day.  This recipe is made by placing the separate rolls in an oversized Texas muffin tin; they rise up into…

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