GATEAU DE CREPES (Savory Crepe Cake with Spinach, Gruyere, and Béchamel)


Crêpes comes from the word crispus, or curly or wavy, probably a reference to how the edges of a cooked crêpe looks; they are known as crespelle in Italy.  Along with other types of pancakes, they are economical as well as elegant,…

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The Microwave: Favorite Stuffed Potatoes

Although there are a few steps to making stuffed potatoes, it is time well spent. People adore them. Stuffing potatoes is an enjoyable way to showcase potatoes, and as a vegetable, potatoes end up as versatile as pasta. Also called twice-baked, or in our case, twice-microwaved, potatoes, the sky is the limit when creating them. They are a vegetarian delight.

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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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Microwave Cooking: Salmon with Crème Fraîche and Dill in Parchment

Cooking fish “in parchment,” is so simple you can assemble the packets in a few minutes once you have your ingredients. The edges are folded to create a little cooking bag which becomes an airtight steaming pouch. It is one of the fastest methods for cooking fish with the least cleanup.

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The Beauty of Raw Greens in Winter

A salad is a dish of raw or cooked foods, seasoned and dressed with a sauce of some type. Salads are divided into three main categories: The tossed garden greens, marinated salads, and composed main dish salads.

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Buying Produce 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.

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My Sister’s Zucchini al Forno with Goat Cheese and Cherry Tomatoes


I took this baked vegetable gratin to potluck suppers for years. It is simple. People love it. And it tastes good with all food and in every season. I usually would bake it on site to serve very hot, but…

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Spinach Tofu Quiche

Ingredients

Sesame Crust
1 12/3 cups whole wheat pastry flour or white spelt flour
1/4 cup light olive oil
1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
1/3 cup plain chilled sparkling mineral water
Spinach filling
1 (14- to 16-ounce) container firm tofu, drained
1/3 cup…

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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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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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