Baking Icon: Lionel Poilane

In the realm of professional artisan bread baking there is one name that is instantly recognizable by serious bread bakers: Poilâne. Part of the brotherhood of artisan bakers, Poilâne is not only a family of French bakers, but a standard of excellence for from-scratch-production sourdough bread baking all over the world.

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Microwave Brown Bag Popcorn

The microwave is the true home for popping popcorn. While there are quite a few specialized types of microwave popcorn poppers on the market, the good old brown bag method reigns supreme in my mind, especially if you are without any other contraption in which to pop.

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Fattoush-Toasted Pita Bread Salad with Falafel Balls

Fattoush-Toasted Pita Bread Salad with Falafel Balls

Bread salads are not only filling but tasty and economical. I always seem to have pita bread around, so this salad is a great way to use up day-old whole wheat pitas. This…

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Fried Rice

Fried rice is considered the first step in learning Asian cuisine. Usually books only have one or two recipes at best, so we took it upon ourselves to gather a few favorite recipes from friends who are fried rice lovers for the Ultimate Rice Cooker cookbook. But first, here are some general tips for making fried rice.

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Welsh Bara Brith

Bara brith, also known as “speckled bread” (the literal meaning of the original Welsh-language name referring to the mixed dried fruit scattered in the bread), can be either a yeast bread enriched with dried fruit (similar to the Irish barmbrack)…

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The Culinary Traveler: Indonesian Rice Bowl

Indonesia is the land of spices and herbs. This was the main reason the Dutch, Arab, Indian, Chinese, Portuguese, and British wanted to colonize Indonesia. This also meant that while they were there, they all have influenced Indonesian cuisine a lot as well in reverse cross pollination. The Dutch wanted a monopoly on the spice trade and conquered Indonesia for more than 300 years, exporting nutmeg, cloves, mace, ginger, and black pepper back to Europe.

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Make-Ahead Oatmeal Jars

By purchasing oatmeal, freeze dried fruit and nuts in bulk, you can make your own version of instant oatmeal, and save money at the same time. Use adorable multi purpose Mason jars to portion out your meal.

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The Rice Cooker: Cilantro Lime Basmati Rice

I became enthralled with cilantro and lime rice after eating a burrito bowl at Chipotle’s Mexican Grill fast food restaurant. I had heard that people ate there just for the rice, it was that good. So off I went to give it a try. And I wasn’t disappointed.

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The Queen of Fragrance Rice In Your Kitchen

Just ten years ago, Indian-grown basmati white rice was virtually a culinary secret to American cooks unless they had traveled in India or had a palate for ethnic world cuisine. Basmati rice is the preferred choice of Indians everywhere in the world.

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The Rice Cooker: SooFoo® Whole Grain Mix

Some times during editing a book, our favorite recipes get cut by the ol’ editor. We live with the decision for the betterment of the book, but often not happily. One such cut was the grain mixture SooFoo®, a grain mixture we adore.

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