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DINNER IN A SKILLET

DINNER IN A SKILLET

When you need to get a delicious dinner on the table in no time flat, there's nothing better than a skillet recipe. It’s an easy way to use up ingredients you have on hand and it guarantees quick cleanup. One-dish meals, like stir-fries, quickly seared meats and frittatas are simply prepared in a 10-inch sauté pan with a sturdy base and preferably an aluminum core sandwiched between stainless steel, for even heat conduction. An ovenproof handle is essential for those dishes that need a bit more cooking time and a cast iron skillet reigns supreme for most one-pan dishes.
EASY PICKLED RED ONIONS

EASY PICKLED RED ONIONS

I love pickles. Actually, I love anything pickled….carrots, cauliflower, zucchini and especially red onions. If you take a peek in my refrigerator, you will always find a mason jar of something pickled that is homemade. Lana makes luscious pickles, especially from zucchini, and I love to make pickled red onions.
They are the perfect bright condiment that adds a sweet, sour and zesty tang to a multitude of dishes. In just half-an-hour, you can have a crunchy splash of color on your dinner salad, tacos, potato salad, sandwiches and quinoa, even your Sunday Night Roast Chicken or a grilled flank steak. They last for weeks in the fridge, so you always look like a culinary hero when you pull them out and say “voila”, and no one would know how truly simple they were to make. (They’re even nice on a cheese platter too.)
FOOLPROOF POACHED EGGS

FOOLPROOF POACHED EGGS

Wouldn't it be great if there was a poached egg method that worked every time and one that would allow you to poach your eggs in advance?
GET YOUR BRIX FIX
  • Time: 10 minutes

GET YOUR BRIX FIX

Peaches & Grapes are the Sweetest Summer Fruit!
GET YOUR BRIX FIX

GET YOUR BRIX FIX

Peaches & Grapes are the Sweetest Summer Fruit!
We still wait every summer with great anticipation to sink our teeth into a sweet, juicy, fragrant, sun-ripened peach where the juice runs down your chin! And I’m the person (caught me!) that you’ll find squeezing all of the grapes to find the firm ones; crisp to the bite and bursting with juice.
GRILLED BABA GANOUSH
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy
  • Origin: Appetizers

GRILLED BABA GANOUSH

When buying eggplant, select those with shiny, unbruised skins. I like to serve the eggplant dip warm with Pita bread, olives, tomato wedges, and cucumber slices.
GRILLED CHEESE HEAVEN

GRILLED CHEESE HEAVEN

You can make a fantastic sandwich with just great bread, fresh butter, and your favorite cheese:
Grilled cheese is a simple concept, but there are so many wonderful ways to craft the ever-popular sandwich that you could be in Grilled Cheese Heaven every day!
While recipes for cheese and bread are mentioned in Ancient Roman texts and the French have been making their famous Croque Monsieur since the early 1900’s, today’s notion of the grilled cheese is commonly traced back to the 1920s, when the Iowa man considered “the father of sliced bread” invented a bread slicer that made distributing white bread easy and affordable. Shortly before that, processed cheese had been patented by James L. Kraft, an entrepreneur whose revolutionary pasteurizing process ensured that cheese wouldn’t spoil, even when transported long distances. In 1949, Kraft Foods introduced Kraft Singles, but it’s interesting that the actual term “grilled cheese” doesn’t make an appearance in print until the 1960’s.
HOMEMADE NUTELLA

HOMEMADE NUTELLA

Make your own Nutella, the chocolate-hazelnut spread that’s delicious on toast, on crepes, with a spoon, etc.! This recipe yields about 1 1/2 cups…if you refrain from eating it while making it.
Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Fresh, soft and snowy white…and SO much more delicious then the supermarket brands! Once you’ve tasted freshly made ricotta, you can’t help but be hooked! How could something so simple be so delicious?
HOW TO MAKE  HOMEMADE SIMPLE SYRUPS

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE SIMPLE SYRUPS

A well-made cocktail just wouldn’t be complete without a bit of sugar (not to mention, it’s delicious in iced tea and other chilled drinks, too).
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