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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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How to Make a Basic Braise—Just in Time for Autumn

Braising, barbecuing, and slow-roasting are all long, low cooking methods that utilize less tender, fattier cuts of meats with a lot of connective tissue. But braising stands apart in that it includes liquid in the cooking process. It is also a combination cooking method—one that uses both dry and moist […]

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In Defense of Spam

Early in the semester, CIA students in my Food Writing course read “On Chicken Tenders,” by Helen Rosner, published in 2015 in Guernica. In this amusing but sincere defense of a derided, children’s menu staple, Rosner effectively argues against those who look down on ordering, eating, and celebrating the “perfect” […]


Jelly Donuts (Sufganiyot)

Makes 10 donuts Whether you save them as a special Hanukkah treat or enjoy them year round, there is no wrong reason to eat a jelly donut. Use any jelly or jam that you like best, or fill the donuts with dulce de leche, vanilla cream, or chocolate-hazelnut spread. Ingredients […]

Soups and Stews

Matzo Ball Soup for Passover

Matzo Ball Soup is as personal as your favorite old pajamas, and no pair will ever be as good as yours. Just like any traditional comfort food, there are endless variations and personalization, and while we have one we go-to, we’ve truthfully never met a matzo ball we didn’t love. […]

Breakfast and Brunch

Matzo Brei

Makes 4 servings Matzo brei is a simple Jewish comfort food that’s popular at Passover, or really any time of year! Every family makes this dish a little bit differently, and while we like to fry the matzo until it is crisp and toasty, you may prefer to leave it […]

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Matzo Brei: The Ultimate 5-Minute Comfort Food

Passover begins on Friday, and of course, we’re planning our seder menu. But when there is matzo in the house, there is admittedly only one thing on our mind. Matzo is significant during Passover when unleavened bread is forbidden by tradition, hence flat and crispy matzo. And while you can […]

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More than a Trend: Bring Birria to Your Own Kitchen

If you spend any time on social media, you’ve surely seen photos of crispy, griddled birria tacos. Just the sight of them stops any foodie in their tracks. Melted cheese, golden brown and lacy around the edges. Tender meat, rich from hours stewed in chiles and tomatoes. And, of course, […]

Beverages and Cocktails, Free Recipes

Mulled Cider

Makes 8 servings Chefs note: You may be able to find pear cider to use instead of the more widely available apple cider. If possible, buy cider that has not been pasteurized for the freshest, fullest apple or pear flavor.

Soups and Stews

New England Clam Chowder

Makes 8 servings Ingredients 3 dozen chowder clams 2 1/2 cups bottled clam juice, or as needed 2 slices bacon, minced 1 1/4 cups diced onion 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 4 cups diced yellow or white potatoes 3 cups heavy cream or half and half 6 tablespoons dry sherry, or […]

Soups and Stews

New Mexican Green Chile Stew

Makes 5 servings Ingredients 1 cup dry white beans, soaked in water overnight 1 3/4 lb pork shoulder, cut into large dice 1 quart chicken stock 12 oz Anaheim peppers 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 1/2 cups small-dice onion 2 tablespoon minced garlic 3 cups medium-dice russet potatoes 1 tablespoon […]