Whew! It’s been quite a week; all this virtual party-throwing has made me tired. Luckily, I have a whole lot of food and a DVR with The Office, Lost, 30 Rock, and Grey’s Anatomy on it. I’d better hurry and eat it all before my husband comes home from his business trip. So the last…

Caramel Toffee Fruit Dip
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Don’t run away! Cream puffs are super easy! You, too can make pastries! The very best part (well, aside from eating them) is that you can totally customize how big your cream puffs are and you can even make giant shells and use them to hold chicken or tuna salad and totally win friends and…

Tutorial: Cream Puffs
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This is super-simple, but it’s always handy to have on hand; let’s say I’ve seen chocolate dipping go horribly wrong when people use butter or margarine instead of shortening or cooking oil! You can dip fruit, graham crackers, marshmallows, cream puffs, or your finger in this chocolate and it will maintain a nice, smooth consistency….

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Guacamole is something that you don’t really need a recipe for. In fact, I’ve never in my life actually measured anything out when making it, and it’s really best to do it to taste but I realize that instructions like “add a little of this and a little of that” don’t work for everyone so…

Guacamole
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Hate measuring out honey, corn syrup, and other sticky substances? Here’s a hint: spray your measuring device with a coat of non-stick spray before you measure whatever you need and it will slide right out, mostly mess-free. And now you know.

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I’ve had Monte Cristos on several occasions in my life; nearly all of them while at some eating establishment with the word “diner” in the title and where someone says “You’ve got to try their Monte Cristo”.It never occurred to me to try these at home until my friend Dawn, who is a great cook,…

Monte Cristo Sandwiches
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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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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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