Tagged: ‘potatoes’

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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Slow Cooker: Braised Quail on Toast

I met my first quail at dinner in the Chez Panisse restaurant back in the 1970s. When the diminutive whole braised game bird was set in front of me, little legs splayed all to heaven in my direction, I commented: “Well, aren’t these indecent little birds!” Quail are a real gourmet treat. They are easy to cook at home for a special dinner.

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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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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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Herbes De Provence New Potatoes


HERBES DE PROVENCE is a traditional housewife’s mixture of dried herbs from the Provence region in Southwest France, an area known for its fragrant cooking. Each herb adds its own unique characteristic to the blend. The LAVENDER and BASIL are…

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The Healthiest Foods for Under $1

Every first week of January is the time to make New Years’ resolutions. It’s just something that goes with the turning of the calendar year, the gateway of looking back at the old and looking forward to the new. As a child, my resolutions were things like I will be nicer to my sister, I will work harder to get better grades, and maybe we can get a puppy.

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soup and stew season: Italian Potato Leek Soup


I always describe Potato Leek Soup as the workhorse of the French kitchen and it is not surprisingly made all over Europe as well, besides being one of my favorite toss-in-the-pot soups. This version, probably from the Jura Mountains between…

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So You Wanna Host An End of Summer Potluck-A Chat About Tips of the Trade

I get lots of questions about how to do a potluck and tips on giving a successful end-of-summer outdoor buffet party. Here are some off the cuff Q&As and a favorite recipe for entertaining.

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Julia’s Potato Leek Soup Adapted for the Slow Cooker


Potato Leek Soup is the workhorse of the French kitchen and has sustained many a soul on a cold night. What is quite remarkable is that you put a potato, a leek, cover with water and it just cooks up…

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Savory Dumplings-Staples of our Ancestors’ Kitchen

I like to remind bakers about dumplings. That is European style dumplings-matzo balls, gnocchi, potato dumplings, and späetzle, not stuffed Asian dumplings, which are in a category all their own. Large or small, sweet or savory, dumplings are little round balls, spheres, or small fat sausage shapes made from flour, potatoes, semolina, or breadcrumbs, then boiled.

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