I’m starting to think that these breadsticks have actual magical powers. Seriously. These puppies have helped me make instantaneous friends at church functions when I’m the new girl and made sad people happy. My friend Natalie, who used to work as my secretary (when I was an apartment manager; I’m not cool enough to actually…

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These are fun little Asian dumplings and they”re surprisingly easy once you master the technique. There are several ways to cook potstickers, but I’m going to show you the method I use, because you don’t need any special equipment. After that, you can have fun coming up with your own fillings. I”m going to use…

Tutorial: Potstickers
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We love Chinese food. And, living in the South, good Chinese food (like good Mexican food) is hard to come by. Don’t get me wrong, there’s good food here; the South isn’t known for awesome food for nothing. The ethnic scope of it is just limited. I wouldn’t say this is Chinese so much as…

Cashew Sweet and Sour Pork
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Both Kate and I love fresh ginger and use it often in our cooking. It adds a flavor and dimension you just can’t get from anything else. I know many of you have just never worked with it before and therefore may not know what to do with it. That will end today. No more…

How To: Work with Fresh Ginger
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This is a twist on the classic lemon bar, and it’s more of a little lemon cheesecakebar. I much prefer it to the traditional lemon bar.Heck, I think the addition of any type of cream or cheese improves just about any recipe!They are super easy to whip up and to me, with their bright lemony…

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If you are a regular reader of this blog, or become one, it will not take long to see that I love citrus. I use lime zest, lemon zest, and orange zest a lot in my cooking. It’s one of the best ways to quickly brighten and freshen a dish and it’s so dang pretty…

Zesting Citrus
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So you know how in my profile, it says that I don’t need 10 chocolate chip cookie recipes, I just need the best one? Well this, my friends, is the best one. The world may not agree with me, but to me, chocolate chip cookies are the comfort food of the dessert world. If you…

Chocolate Chip Cookies
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All of you who have hard-boiled eggs in your fridge from Easter, this one’s for you! This is what I call a grown-up egg salad sandwich. I used to love egg salad as a kid, but as I got older something about the heavy mayo goop just turned me off. That is until I tried…

Egg Salad BLT's
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Can you believe it’s Friday again? Can you believe it’s Easter? Yeah, me neither. So when your mother-in-law invited you to Easter dinner, did she ask you to bring a vegetable side dish and you’re stumped? Want to expand your horizons past the good ol’ green bean/cream of mushroom/crispy onion casserole? Love fresh green beans…

Caramelized Green Beans
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Yes, there is in fact a wrong way to hard-boil eggs. And the wrong way results in rubbery whites and yolks with that signature grey/brown coloring on the outside. Follow these simple steps to a perfectly cooked egg every time! 1. Place eggs in saucepan in a single layer. 2. Fill pan with cold water,…

How To: The Perfect Hard-boiled Egg
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I have to start out by saying something very important:  I don’t like blue cheese.  So if any of you are reading this title and thinking you need to run now because you don’t like it either, stop!  Stay!  I promise I’m not crazy guys, just trust me on this one.  This is my Mom’s…

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Have you tried and tried to replicate fresh sweetened whipped cream but can’t do it? Yeah, I did that for a long time, too. When I worked at Kneaders in college, I even offered to make the whipped cream for the waffles one morning so I could learn the secret, but they wouldn’t let me because it…

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