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Home School: Par-Baking Pie Dough

Many pie and tart shells require partial baking (par baking) or fully prebaking the empty crust prior to filling. This method is termed blind baking. A pie or tart shell can benefit from partially baking before filling if it will be filled with a fruit that produces a significant amount […]

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Think Outside the Garden and Regrow your Scallions

Before you throw out the roots of your scallions, watch this video, where our editor, Laura, shows you how to grow NEW scallions using nothing but scraps! Share pictures of your scallions on our DISH member Facebook group! DISH Member Login Forgot Password? Forgot your password? Enter your email address […]

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Home School: Deep-Frying

Frying is not something most of us do often. Spoiler alert: t’s not the healthiest method of cooking, but also, it’s a little messy, it makes our houses smell like a fast food restaurant, and for some people, it can seem scary! But deep frying does have its place in […]

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Guide to Herbs

Whether they are the featured flavor or employed to support the theme of a dish, herbs add a generous layer of complexity. Ideally they are used fresh; in many cases, drying will compromise their fresh flavor. This is especially true for tender herbs such as basil, parsley, and chives or […]

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Barbecuing 101

These early days of summer are not like the ones we’ve known in the past, and the added stress and anxiety, coupled with not being able to have fun with our friends and family, is a lot for anyone to handle. We’re searching for a silver lining, and of course, […]

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Using Fresh Fava Beans

If you’ve been lucky enough to venture out to the farmers’ market, you may have found fresh fava beans—one of the most underappreciated spring veggie! Though you can buy dried fava beans all year long, if you haven’t enjoyed them fresh, well, you’ve really barely experienced them. Fresh fava beans […]

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Home School: Make a Marinade Without a Recipe

I’m not sure when grilling season officially starts (maybe because there is not actually an official grilling season), but I’m ready to get started. Everyone has the fundamentals of grilling covered: fire, meat, veggies, go! But the under-appreciated old standby that doesn’t get the attention it deserves is the marinade. […]

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What I’m Cooking: Crispy Lamb Pitas

I am such a fan of gyros and souvlaki and other Greek and Mediterranean-style “things in pita.” I occasionally make gyro meat at home, though without a rotisserie, it doesn’t quite have the same charm. This week’s pitas were my simplified homage to this favorite food, and I actually think […]

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Your Questions, Answered!

We love when you share what’s on your mind, and we’re so glad you sent us your questions! Take a look at the first in this new series from our editor, Laura! Share more questions on the members only Facebook group or in the comments on this post, and we’ll […]

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Don’t Call it Quits with Your Kitchen

Today, I was planning to tell you all about the dish I was cooking for Cinco de Mayo. It was going to be great! Griddled corn cakes, slow cooked chicken. So good. And then the store was out of basically everything I needed to make it, so I couldn’t, and […]

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What I’m Cooking: Creamy Cashew Pesto Pasta

Despite being a huge fan of cheese and butter and birthday cakes, I don’t eat much dairy at home. We don’t get along. I’ve learned to really embrace dairy-free cooking, and though no one believes me when I say it, I don’t miss cooking with milk products as much as […]