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Thin and Crispy Oatmeal Cookies

Dear cookie lovers, these oatmeal cookies are perfect. if you are a thin and crispy oatmeal cookie lover, these are for you! and if you are like me and prefer your cookies soft and chewy, well, these are still for you! I have never had a more delicious [ ... ]

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Layer Cake

This cake was on the cover of the “All-Time Best Recipes” Collector’s Edition from Cook’s Illustrated. My one piece of advice is that you take the time to follow all of the steps as written. What I’ve found with Cook’s Illustrated is that every step [ ... ]
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Hash Brown Potatoes

Ingredients 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and 1/2-inch diced 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions) 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley 2 tablespoons minced scallions (white and green parts) Directions Melt the butter with olive oil in [ ... ]


Serve with ice cream. Use an oven proof skillet. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. from Cook’s Illustrated Serves: 6 servings INGREDIENTS 2½ Tablespoons butter, unsalted 4 pears, ripe Bosc, peeled, halved and cored 1¼ cups wine, dry white ½ cup apricots, dried and quartered ⅓ cup sugar ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom ⅛ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon lemon juice ⅓ [ ... ]

Pasta with Lemon Butter Garlic Sauce

Did you know citrus paired well with carbs? Now you do. Try this Lemon Butter Garlic Sauce on top of your favourite pasta and get ready to be a lemon-based sauce convert. Ingredients: 12 ounces dried pasta ¼ cup unsalted butter 3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced 3 tablespoons olive oil 3 [ ... ]

Baked French Toast With Pecan Crumble

Drying out the challah lets the Baked French Toast absorb the custard without going to mush and top it off with a pecan crumble for an extra crunch. Ingredients French Toast 1 pound loaf challah, sliced 1” thick Unsalted butter, room temperature (for baking dish) 4 large eggs 4 large egg yolks 1 cup heavy [ ... ]

Chocolate Biscotti

Chocolate Biscotti (Dorie Greenspan) Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 tbsp instant espresso powder 3/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 6 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature 1 cup sugar 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup chopped almonds 4 oz bittersweet chocolate chips Directions Preheat oven to [ ... ]

Leek and Potato Soup

Leek and Potato Soup Ingredients 2tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 large leeks (white and pale green parts only), halved lengthwise, thinly sliced (about 4 1/2 cups) 2 large russet potatoes (about 18 ounces total), peeled, diced 5 cups chicken stock or canned low-salt broth 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives Preparation Melt butter in heavy [ ... ]
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Olive Oil Muffins

1 1/3 cups flour 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, preferably aluminum-free 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 cup fruity extra-virgin olive oil 3/4 cup whole or lowfat milk 2 large eggs, at room temperature 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest 1/3 cup mixed: half fresh orange juice, half Grand [ ... ]
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Lentil & Black Bean Soup

Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil ½ large onion, chopped 2 large stalks celery, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tsp smoked paprika 2 bay leaves 1 (14 oz.) can diced tomatoes 1 cup dried brown lentils 4 cup vegetable or chicken broth, divided 3 cups water 1 (14 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed ¼ cup chopped parsley Salt and [ ... ]
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Braised Chicken all’Arrabbiata

INGREDIENTS 6 whole chicken legs, split into drumsticks and thighs Salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 large red onion, diced 6 large garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper 1/2 teaspoon oregano 1/2 teaspoon basil 1 large yellow bell pepper, diced 1 small poblano, diced 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 cup dry white [ ... ]

Cranberry-Orange Coffee Cake

Ingredients Cake: 3 cups all-purpose flour 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon table salt 1-1/2 cups sour cream, room temperature 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 12 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 1 cup granulated sugar zest of one orange 3 large eggs, room temperature 3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted 1 (14 oz) can whole berry cranberry sauce Glaze:* I didn’t [ ... ]
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Orange Butter Cookies with Grand Marnier Glaze

Yields about 3 dozen cookies Citrus cookies with a Grand Marnier glaze take their cue from crêpes Suzette, the classic dessert of flambéed crêpes and boozy orange sauce. Make the cookies 10-1/2 oz. (2-1/3 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour; more as needed 1/2 tsp. table salt 1/4 tsp. baking powder 8 oz. [ ... ]

Farcous. Spinach Pancakes

This is very simple to make, a popular treat in southwestern France. They are often served as a meal with salad but can also be a side dish, served for breakfast, or, when made small, served as hors d’oeuvres. Farcous (adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table) 1 [ ... ]

Chocolate Orange Coffee Cake

Ingredients 1¾ cups flour 1½ tsp baking powder 1 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 eggs 1 cup sour cream zest of ½ an orange, finely minced ¼ cup cocoa 2 tbsp milk 3 ounces Grand Marnier liqueur or other orange liqueur For the truffle glaze 1 cup dark chocolate chips (I used bittersweet) 1 tbsp butter 3 [ ... ]
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Pie Apple Cake

This is a simple, excellent cake with a tender crumb, subtle spicing and soft apples . Serve it plain, or with a dollop of ice cream or whipped cream. INGREDIENTS 1 cup all-purpose flour, ¼ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 2 ounces unsalted butter(1/2 stick), softened 1 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon [ ... ]
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Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

From COOKS ILLUSTRATED Ingredients Lemon Sugar-Almond Topping 1/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 tsp finely grated zest from lemon 1/2 cup sliced almonds Cake 2 1/4 cups unbleached all purpose flour 1 1/8 tsp baking powder 1 1/8 tsp baking soda 1 tsp table salt 10 T butter, softened but still cool 1 C plus 7 T sugar 1 T [ ... ]
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Rice Pilaf With Raisins and Almonds

5-6 tablespoons butter 4-5 ounces dried vermicelli or egg noodles 2 cups long-grain white rice 1 quart vegetable, chicken or turkey broth 1 teaspoon sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon white or black pepper ½ cup coarsely chopped almonds ½ cup coarsely chopped golden or black raisins ½ cup frozen petite peas (optional) 2 [ ... ]

Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Yields about 1 dozen 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 3/4 cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 ounces slivered almonds, toasted 1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, melted (for [ ... ]

chocolate almond toffee bars

Anna Olson INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups rolled oats 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs 1/4 tsp fine salt 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted 1 cup Skor toffee bits 1 cup chocolate chips 1 cup sliced almonds 300-mL can sweetened condensed milk INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease and line an 8-inch (2 L) square pan with parchment [ ... ]

Perfect Cheesecake

It is hard to describe a recipe as “perfect”, especially for a recipe such as cheesecake, for which so many have their own personal favourite. But, this is simply the best, most wonderful cheesecake I have ever had, and have ever made. It is based on a master [ ... ]
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Apple Kuchen With Honey and Ginger

More coffeecake than apple cake , this moist cake is pure comfort, a touch of honey in the batter and a honey glaze. It will keep for several days, tightly wrapped, at room temperature. INGREDIENTS FOR THE CAKE: ½ cup unsalted butter(1 stick), plus butter for greasing pan 1 ½ [ ... ]
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Apple Muffins

1/2 cup melted and cooled unsalted butter 1 1/2 cups white sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 eggs beaten 2 cups all purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 3 cups chopped apples 2 tablespoons milk or cream cream butter and sugar, add vanilla and eggs Stir together dry ingredients and add [ ... ]
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Pear Tart

Makes 6 servings BAKING FROM MY HOME TO YOURS Dorie Greenspan For the pears: 6 canned pear halves OR 3 medium pears, firm but ripe 1 lemon 4 cups water, optional 1 1/4 cups sugar, optional For the almond cream: 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature 2/3 cup sugar 3/4 cup ground blanched almonds 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon [ ... ]
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Summer Peach Cake

ingredients: 2 1/2 pounds peaches, pitted and cut into 1/2 inch-thick wedges 4 tsp lemon juice, divided 6 Tbsp plus 1/3 cup granulated sugar, divided 1 cup (5 ounces) all purpose flour 1 1/4 tsp baking powder 3/4 tsp salt 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar 2 large eggs 8 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled 1/4 cup [ ... ]
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Peach Muffins with Pecan Streusel

Pecan Streusel 3/4 cup finely chopped toasted pecans 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted Batter 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted 1/3 cup oil 1 cup light brown sugar packed 2 eggs 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 cup plain yogurt or sour cream 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1/2 cup quick cooking oatmeal [ ... ]
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Mustard Roasted Salmon

1 1/2 pound salmon, skin removed, cut into 6 pieces 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard 2 tablespoons 100% pure maple syrup 1 clove garlic, minced Juice of 1/2 a lemon Directions Preheat oven to 400-degrees Fahrenheit. Place salmon pieces on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Season with salt and pepper; roast for [ ... ]

Banana Muffins for Katie

3 large ripe bananas 3/4 cup sugar, I cut the sugar to 1/4 cup 1 egg 1/3 cup melted butter 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1 1/2 cups flour I used 1 cup AP flour 1/2 cup whole wheat flour mash bananas add sugar and egg, mix gently, add melted butter all [ ... ]
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Light Cheesecake

Ingredients Crust Ingredients 9 sheets graham crackers, broken into rough pieces and processed in a food processor to fine even crumbs ( 5 ounces) 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted ( 1/2 stick) 1 tablespoon granulated sugar Filling Ingredients 1 lb 1% fat cottage cheese 1 lb light cream cheese, at room temperature 8 ounces [ ... ]
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Spinach Pesto with Cherry Tomatoes and Feta Cheese

The pesto coats the warm pasta to make a creamy, rich sauce, which is accented by the crumbled feta and contrasted by the sweet cherry tomatoes. Ingredients 1 pound bow tie pasta 1 recipe pesto (following) 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese or more to taste Freshly [ ... ]

Chocolate Cream Squares

This super-rich dessert contains chocolate whipped cream between layers of bittersweet chocolate cake topped with a fudgy chocolate glaze. It’s best made one day ahead and refrigerated overnight. CAKE 1/2 pound bittersweet chocolate, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder dissolved in 1/3 cup hot water 6 large eggs, separated 2/3 [ ... ]
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Lemon Pudding Cake

Ingredients 2 large lemons 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons sugar 3 large eggs, separated 1 1/3 cups 2 % milk Directions Preheat oven to 350°F. Finely grate 1 Tbsp zest from lemons, then squeeze 1/4 cup+ 2 Tbsp juice. Whisk together flour, salt, and 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp sugar in [ ... ]
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Ginger Lemonade

Cold and refreshing this is just the thing for summertime, and making it couldn’t be simpler. A spicy ginger lemonade. INGREDIENTS: 1/3 pound fresh unpeeled ginger root, cut into 1/2-inch chunks 1 1/2 cups water 4 large lemons, juiced 1 cup white sugar 7 cups water 16 leaves fresh mint, crushed DIRECTIONS: 1. Place ginger into a blender, cover with [ ... ]
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Oatmeal, Chocolate chip & Pecan Cookies

2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup light brown sugar 2 large eggs, at room temperature 1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 2 cups chocolate chips 1 cup [ ... ]

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Ingredients 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar 1/4 cup butter, softened 1 1/2 Tbsp finely grated lemon zest 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil 1 large egg 2 large egg yolks 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1/3 cup milk 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice Lemon Curd, [ ... ]
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Vegetable Chicken Soup

ingredients 4 cups canned vegetable broth 1-28-ounce can diced tomatoes with juices 3 cups water 1 chopped onions 4 large carrots, chopped 1 cup frozen corn kernels 1 large red bell pepper, chopped 1 cup frozen or canned baby lima beans 2 celery stalks, chopped 1/4 cup lentils 1/4 cup pearl barley 1/4 cup green split peas 2 cups [ ... ]
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Olive Oil Cake

This cake is perfect, and will ruin you for all others. Recipe from Maialino Restaurant in New York City. Maialino also serves it at breakfast in muffin form, and they’ve been known to turn it into a birthday cake, layered with mascarpone buttercream. Makes a 9-inch round [ ... ]
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Big Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oversized cookies are easy to make at home. For a variety, you can use butterscotch flavoured chips, chocolate chips or 1 cup of chopped nuts. 1 cup butter or margarine softened 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 1/2 cups AP Flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 2 [ ... ]

Blueberry Muffin Cake

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly; more for the pan 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar 2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. kosher salt 1/2 cup whole milk 2 large eggs 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract (2 1/2 cups) fresh blueberries Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting (optional) I prefer vanilla [ ... ]
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Wonderfully light, healthy and nutritious. And it’s so easy to make – even the quinoa is cooked right in the pan! INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 jalapenos, minced 1 cup quinoa 1 cup vegetable broth 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes 1 cup [ ... ]
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Peppers and Portobella Mushroom Pizza

6 tablespoons olive oil 2 red bell peppers, cut into thin slices 1/2 orange and 1/2 yellow bell peppers cut into thin slices 1 1/2 pounds portobello mushrooms, stems removed cut into 1/4-inch slices 1 teaspoon salt 1 pound store-bought or homemade pizza dough I used the recipe on this site for [ ... ]
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Barley, Roasted Butternut & Grape Salad.

Ingredients 1 container of seedless red grapes, rinsed and dried completely 1 small or medium butternut squash, peeled, cut and diced small 1 cup of cooked barley, then cool. a good handful of fresh spinach a good handful of whole pecans or any nuts of your choice toasted, 350 deg for 8 [ ... ]
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Asian Tofu Pasta Salad

3/4 pound of your favourite pasts or whole-wheat spaghetti 1 pounds firm tofu, cut into 1/2-inch dice 1 tablespoon plus 4 teaspoons soy sauce 2 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger 2 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil 2 tablespoons wine vinegar 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil 3/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest 1/4 teaspoon [ ... ]
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Quinoa with Apple Cheddar and Spinach

1 cup quinoa 2 cups water 3 tablespoons olive oil ½ sweet onion, diced 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon dried basil and oregano 1 teaspoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 cup sharp cheddar, cubed 1 cup baby spinach, raw 1 crisp, sweet apple, cored and diced PREPARATION Heat the olive oil in a medium-sized saucepan. Sauté [ ... ]
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Couscous and Lentil Salad

: 1 cup brown lentils 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1 1/4 cups water 1 cup couscous I used israeli couscous, 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/4 cup olive oil 1 large garlic clove, minced and mashed to a paste with 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley 2 cups vine-ripened cherry tomatoes, halved 1 cup cucumber small [ ... ]
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Corn & Potato Casserole

You can make this a day ahead, if you like; the flavors will develop even more overnight. Reheat at 375°F, covered, for 20 minutes. 1 Tbs. plus 1/2 tsp. unsalted butter 1-1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs. finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil 1-1/2 tsp.oregano Kosher salt 1 large or [ ... ]

Cappuccino Biscotti

Ingredients 2 cups all purpose flour 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp instant espresso 1/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, semi sweet 3 large eggs, beaten 2 tblsp kahlua liqueur 1/2 cinnamon 1/2 tsp salt Instructions Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking [ ... ]

Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is a pastry chef’s basic. It is equal parts water and sugar. You simmer both to a syrup (5-10 minutes) and then add in a bit of flavor if you like (such as vanilla) or not. This syrup is brushed on the cake surface BEFORE icing [ ... ]

Berry Cobbler

This couldn’t be easier to make, it can be made with whatever fruit looks good. Plus, you can bake it in whatever dish or pan you have, from a 3-quart casserole to a large skillet. 4 oz. (8 Tbs.) unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces 1 cup unbleached all-purpose [ ... ]

Fresh Bread Sticks

I had half a loaf of Dakota Bread in the freezer, I sliced it, drizzled with olive oil and baked it for 6 minutes till it was toasty warm. Top with your favourite spread, mine is Hummus. Fantastic! Enjoy with any day old bread.
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