Tagged: ‘cider vinegar’

Homemade French Vinaigrette with Dijon and Shallots

Invite anyone from France to dinner and they will be horrified if you take out a bottled dressing for the salad. Ohhh mon dieu! It is part of the dinner preparation ritual to have someone at the counter mixing the vinaigrette.

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Favorite All-Butter Pastry Crust

In an electric stand mixer (such as a Kitchen Aid) or food processor, combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Cut in the butter on low or with short pulses until the mixture resembles very coarse meal with some pieces the size of corn kernels still visible (be sure to leave some chunks to create the flakiness). Sprinkle in the ice water and vinegar over the mixture, tossing or pulsing to moisten evenly, dribbling in more ice water if the dough is too dry. Gather the shaggy dough into a ball with your hands and flatten into a disc. Divide into two portions. You can roll out immediately, or wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate if rolling out the next day and bring back to cool room temperature to roll out, or freeze up to 3 months in a small plastic freezer bag.

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Bake and Freeze Holiday Desserts

Fresh is best. How many times have we heard that culinary mantra? When it comes to Thanksgiving and Christmas desserts, most especially the pies, almost everyone I know gets up especially early on Thanksgiving morning to prepare and bake the pies first so the oven will be free for the turkey or prime rib. It is the advent to the season that has long been associated with our beloved tradition of serving a feast on holidays devoted entirely to eating.

And a feast is not complete without special desserts, made even more so by the fact that they are homemade.

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Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Whether home alone, at the school lunch, or with kids around the picnic table, Sloppy Joes are a perennial lunch and suppertime American favorite — and not just among kids! We’ve had all manner of Joes, even tofu Joes, but we like the original ones made with good ol’ hamburger best.

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