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Thanksgiving Recipes

Whether your table is filled with family recipes or new and modern takes, here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes. Appetizers Grissini Cheese and Potato Cigars Deviled Eggs Spanish Potato Omelet  Chicken Liver Pâté with Apples and Cognac Side Dishes Roasted Pear and Arugula Salad with Caramelized Shallot Vinaigrette […]

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Tips for Throwing a Scaled-Down Thanksgiving

2020 has been unique, to put it mildly. As the months pass, we’ve found ways to adapt, discovering fresh routines in this new normal. But with the holidays quickly approaching, we’re being challenged to rethink decades of traditions for scaled down celebrations. Thanksgiving is the Foodie Super Bowl, but this […]

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The Foods of Día de Los Muertos

You might think with a name like Día de los Muertos—or Day of the Dead—the Mexican holiday would be a somber one. But you would be wrong, because when celebrating Día de los Muertos, Mexicans and Mexican-Americans throw their biggest and best parties. As they say in Mexico, they throw […]

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Elevate Your BBQ with Homemade Condiments

Ready for summer?  It’s time to get grilling! While hamburgers, hot dogs and other BBQ favorites tend to get the glory, they’re made even better by their flavor-enhancing counterpart: condiments. DIYing your condiments at home couldn’t be easier. We’ve got some simple, make at home condiment recipes for you to try.  Uplevel Your BBQ, Reduce Your […]

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Simple but Delicious Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

For those of us still “hunkering down,” we’re sure we’re not alone in missing restaurant meals these days. If you’re lucky enough to be in the same household as mom, and grasping for ways to show your love without the usual offerings available, why not cook her brunch at home? […]

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DIY your favorite, nostalgic guilty pleasures

Do you have a favorite processed food guilty pleasure? Go ahead, we won’t tell.   Let’s face it: even among enthusiastic home cooks, processed foods, especially nostalgic ones, do have a time and a place. There’s just something about a classic, nostalgic treat that brings you back – maybe it’s an old commercial jingle, or […]

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The Joy of Baking Bread at Home

Baking bread at home is much easier than you think. First, don’t be afraid of making a mess or doing it wrong. Most great bakers have spent years making mistakes and are only great now because they’ve learned what not to do. Second, start with a no-knead method if you’re […]

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Creative Reuse: Three Twists on Carrots

In celebration of Earth Day this week, we’re sharing recipes that bring to life simple ways we as individuals can help to be more Earth-friendly in our food choices and cooking, from plant-forward cooking, to creative reuse, to reducing food waste.  Among the simple ways you can help to reduce food waste (one of […]

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How to Cook Delicious, Healthier, Comfort Foods

For me, loving vegetables is about loving flavor, especially here in Northern California. I’ve been a veggie enthusiast since I was a kid, so the concept of plant-forward eating comes easily to me. But I know we are not all so lucky, and in many cases, your children or those […]

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Now is an Ideal Time to Plant Your Own “Victory Garden”

The “victory garden” movement began during World War I as a way to promote self-sufficiency by encouraging Americans to grow their own food. According to a recent New York Times story, so many people took the idea to heart that at one time home, school, and community gardens produced close to 40 percent of the country’s fresh gardens.  While […]