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Pickles and Preserves

Now don’t panic when you read the heading as most pickles and preserves are very easy to make. If you can chop, stir and boil a kettle you can make these recipes. When I was little I used to help my Nana make piccalilli, apricot jam and green tomato pickle. […]

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Cooking and Baking with Walnuts

Oh, was that just TOO cheery? Do you get the ‘blahs’ after the holidays end? Most people do. I know that I usually feel a bit let down, although it could just be exhaustion. Holiday times are fun but there is usually a lot of extra cooking and cleaning involved. […]

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Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

Hi Daring Kitchen readers!! My name is Kara from Happy When Not Hungry. I am honored to share a tasty, seasonal recipe with you. Hope you enjoy! Spring has officially arrived here in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area and so have the farmer’s markets!! The farmer’s market I go to […]

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Yolks and whites, luxury leftovers

When you prepare a recipe that calls just for yolks or whites, have you ever thrown the leftovers down the sink just because you didn’t know what you can prepare with them, or because you don’t have extra time to cook/bake anything else?Have you ever felt a little guilty for […]

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Make Your Own Fresh Buttermilk Cheese

Sometime last year, after I made my first batch of fresh buttermilk cheese, I was hooked. It’s subtle yet rich with a slight tang. The cheese comes together with only three basic ingredients: buttermilk, whole milk, and coarse sea salt. That’s it. No rennet or cultures required. Maybe it’s because […]

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Eating Cheap and Healthy on a Budget

When it comes to enjoying food, the most expensive options aren’t necessarily the best. Making homemade bread is cheap and fun, and there’s nothing better than the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven. You don’t have to break the bank to enjoy good, healthy food. Although it seems […]

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Sap Lai: Flavor of Laos

One summer I came home from college to learn that Chinese take-away dinners in my family had been replaced by my 13-year-old brother’s cooking — more specifically, his stir-fries. He had become an expert at chopping vegetables, squeezing lemon juice and combining ginger root, sesame oil and soy sauce. He […]

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Asparagus!

Asparagus is a perennial vegetable thought to have originated in northern Europe. It was cultivated by ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, and Louis XIV supposedly had a greenhouse devoted entirely to it. And the reason? Because asparagus is utterly delicious. We grow asparagus in its own patch. This is the […]

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Playing With Alternative Flours

Baking or cooking with alternative flours, all of which are naturally gluten free, can expand the range of flavors, textures and nutrition to your food. All flours have a unique taste that can enhance or subtly change the flavor of your recipe. Some flours have a shy taste and others […]

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How To Make Yogurt At Home

I grew up in one of those health-food-loving-kitchens, the kind where seeds and fermented foods grow in glass jars: alfalfa sprouts, sourdough bread starter, and homemade yogurt. Our kitchen ingenuity didn’t stop with cultivated bacteria; we made granola, carob balls, and bread from scratch as well. At the time, I […]

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Baking……. Without Eggs!

I am from India, a country with a rich and varied cuisine where baking is not a traditional method of cooking. However, in certain parts of India, some form of baking has become a custom over the years as a result of trade with other countries or foreign invasions. The […]

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What Do They Eat In Denmark?

Before I left the U.S. for Denmark in August of 2008 I knew nothing about Danish cuisine. I’d never even heard of rugbrød, a dark, sour-dough rye bread which is the consummate Danish food. Just ask Oprah Winfrey. After her visit to Copenhagen last fall she returned to Chicago with […]

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What To Do When Chocolate Seizes

Let’s be honest here, we’ve all done it. Been going for that euphoric experience only to be disappointed and let down. That moment of panic and shame and then the sick feeling in the stomach as you stare at the results and think ‘What the hell will I do now’ […]

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Piped Shortbread Cookies

An invaluable part of every cooks repertoire are small things like cookies. As a light snack, after dinner with coffee or a thoughtful hostess gift when visiting friends, the thoughtfulness of something handmade lets others know how much we value them. One of my favourite cookies is shortbread. If I […]