Category Archives: Recipes

A New Year’s Eve Cocktail

A smooch at midnight, fireworks, colorful underwear, a rousing rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” and a plateful of Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day. The traditions of New Year’s Eve are many and varied, but among the best known is … Continue reading

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Homemade Nut Butter Cups

Any guesses on what the most popular Halloween candy is? It’s not Snickers. Not Kit Kat, Hershey bars or even M&Ms. It may not be too surprising to learn that when someone got chocolate in H.B. Reese’s peanut butter way … Continue reading

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Halloween Hack: Make Trickerdoodle Cookies Using Leftover Candy

If your youngsters are aggressive trick-or-treaters or the turnout at your own front door didn’t meet expectations, there’s a good chance November starts off with a serious surplus of bite-sized candy. You can freeze some to be eaten later, you … Continue reading

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Healthy Halloween Cuisine: DIY Black Hamburger Buns Recipe

When a hamburger with a black bun was introduced in Japan by a fast food restaurant last year, it was an instant hit. Still, I was surprised when the novelty burger hit the American market just in time for Halloween … Continue reading

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Backyard Garden Gazpacho

How’s your garden doing? We’re having a bountiful year with plenty of zucchini, yellow squash and peppers of many shapes and colors by the basketful and a surprising surplus of tomatoes after a disappointing season last year. We freeze, we pickle, we juice and … Continue reading

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How to Make Tomato Paste at Home

Tomato paste is a thick tomato concentrate made by cooking the moisture out of fresh tomatoes. Used in a wide variety of recipes, tomato paste thickens sauces, adds inviting color and provides a rich burst of tomato flavor anywhere it … Continue reading

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DIY Mayonnaise: 8 Handy Uses (That Don’t Involve Food)

It’s been about a decade since I last bought a jar of mayonnaise.  Not because I don’t like it. On the contrary. Mayonnaise is an incredibly versatile condiment, at home on a turkey sandwich, in potato salad or deviled eggs. … Continue reading

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Baked Parmesan Zucchini Chips Recipe

When summer is in full swing, zucchini shows up in a lot of recipes, but few are so addictive as baked zucchini chips. Dredged in panko bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese, these crispy chips with just a touch of heat … Continue reading

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Summer Cucumber Salad Recipe

Cucumbers may not have the summer superstar status of tomatoes, watermelon or corn, but this favorite crop of home gardeners has a versatility and fresh flavor we wouldn’t want to do without. Paired with garden tomatoes, red onions and fresh … Continue reading

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Easy Apricot Jam Recipe

The apricot, a relative of peaches and nectarines, has a short peak season, but the small, sweet fruit is a summer favorite. For those trying their hand at homemade jams this summer, the distinctive flavor, easy-to-remove pit and a skin … Continue reading

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