Rice Cooker Tamales

Tamales are the epitome of Mexican food and one of the classic tastes of the Hispanic kitchen. Tamales are “mother” food or comfort food, Latin style. The dough is made from masa harina or “masa flour,” the ground corn that has been soaked in lime, then dried for storage, to make the corn kernel softer and more digestible than regular cornmeal. It is the corn flour used to make tortillas and tamales have that wonderful strong corn flavor that is so characteristic in Mexican cuisine.

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The Slow Cooker: Glazed Ham with Garnet Cumberland Sauce

Whether you are serving the glamorous or casual, a ham is a delight on the buffet table. Even people who never eat ham will indulge at a party. It is “special” and the hunk looks very impressive sitting on a platter or carving board in all its glistening glory.

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The Denver Omelet


When I was still in college, my boyfriend and I spent every Sunday with his grandparents, Granny and Grampy Weick, after Grampy retired from working on the Union Pacific Railroad line. Their Saratoga, California, home was a suburban corner lot.…

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Frito Pie


Frito Pie, one of the great fun foods of the Southwest, consists of chile con carne (beef in red chile sauce) ladled over Fritos corn chips, and topped with shredded cheddar cheese and, if desired, raw onions. If you buy…

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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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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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Favorites From Not Your Mother’s Weeknight Cooking

Can you share five recipes from your book Not Your Mother’s Weeknight Cooking and tell us why you like these recipes for busy weeknights.

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Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Corned beef is one of the most popular dishes in the slow cooker. Along with chili, some cooks only bring out their slow cooker for this dish. It is often said to be the first recipe to be made out of Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker cookbook.

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Cabbage with Bacon and Crème Fraîche


This is a really simple, European style peasant dish. sauteed cabbage with some bacon and then finished with some cream, Scrumptuous fall dish reminescent of the ALPS.  I usually buy bacon ends and pieces to stash in the freezer bags…

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