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Make Striped Pasta (from scratch) this Weekend!

Make Striped Pasta (from scratch) this Weekend!

Striped Pasta — It's easier than you think! And, it's a great project for the whole family! For the striped pasta sheets, we used natural ingredients for the color - fresh spinach, roasted beets, and roasted carrots. With a pasta...

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No Knead Dutch Oven Bread

No Knead Dutch Oven Bread

This is our take on the classic no knead bread baked in a Dutch oven. The longer fermentation time helps create the structure of the bread, and the addition of apple cider vinegar adds a yeasty tang similar to a sourdough. Note that this recipe is sized for a 5-1/2 quart round Le Creuset Dutch oven which makes a loaf that is suitably sized for 4-5 people.
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For Pie Lover's Only!

For Pie Lover's Only!

I come from a family of unabashed pie lovers. A homemade pie was always preferred to cake for birthdays and such, and we never missed a strawberry-rhubarb, cherry, blueberry, or peach pie season. When the snap of fall came calling, Mom’s apple pie took center stage and was truly other-worldly, but so was she.
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One-Pan Salmon & Veggie Dinner

One-Pan Salmon & Veggie Dinner

Shake up your weeknight routine with this quick and easy one-pan meal. With bright and flavorful lemon, garlic, olive oil and just a bit of butter, this pan of baked salmon and vegetables is perfect when you need dinner fast, without the marathon of prepping, cooking, and cleaning.

Everything gets tossed together on one pan and baked for about 15 minutes until roasted and delicious. Serve it up and throw everything in the dishwasher afterwards!

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It's time you learn a new cooking technique, Sous Vide.

It's time you learn a new cooking technique, Sous Vide.

Don't let the strange name fool you. Sous Vide (pronounced sue-veed) translates as "under vacuum" in French. The beauty (and secret) of sous vide cooking is that you cook your food sealed in a heat proof bag or pouch that is then submersed in hot water and kept at the desired temperature. It 's a great method of cooking that you shouldn't overlook or be intimidated by, especially with the new sous vide cooking appliances available now.
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Is A Vitamix Blender Worth The Investment?

Is A Vitamix Blender Worth The Investment?

Well, yes. While purchasing a Vitamix Blender will set you back a few hundred dollars, what it gives back in convenience and pure kitchen prowess is worth every single penny. Whether you can splurge right away or you have to save up to buy the Vitamix that fits your needs, you'll be glad you made the investment every time you use it. And, once you realize how versatile it is, you'll use it a lot.

What makes a Vitamix a Vitamix?  While it can handle the common tasks associated with a blender's kitchen duties, Vitamix blenders can handle so much more. Power, along with the blade and jar design, plays a key role in the Vitamix blender's performance.

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NFL Fans — 2 Game-Day Snacks You'll Want On Your Team

NFL Fans — 2 Game-Day Snacks You'll Want On Your Team

A lot has changed since the 2019 football season. The Oakland Raiders with their move to Nevada became the Las Vegas Raiders and the state’s first NFL team. The Washington Redskins retired their name and logo after decades-long controversy and are now known as the Washington Football Team. (In a weird way I kind of like it.) Read more.

Here are TWO WINNERS to get you through it all! Kick off game-day with our zesty, warm and bubbly Buffalo Chicken Dip with your favorite chips or pita for deep dipping. Then start the 4th quarter with these deliciously sweet football-shaped Chocolate Whoopie Pies for the WIN!

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Mary Berry's Bakewell Tart

Mary Berry's Bakewell Tart

This recipe is perfect because one, I always have a few bags of fresh frozen blueberries on hand. Freezing fresh fruit in-season is a win-win all winter long! My stash of fresh frozen blueberries is the perfect antidote when fall has arrived, and I've already started counting the days till the next summer solstice. Their sweetness also works perfectly with the almond filling.

Reason number two? Watching Mary Berry on old episodes of The Great British Baking Show never gets old.

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The Creamiest Butternut Squash Soup

The Creamiest Butternut Squash Soup

The creamiest butternut squash soup — so healthy yet if feels so indulgent. Definitely the way to start Fall off right.

This soup is a breeze to make with only five main ingredients: butternut squash, potatoes, onions, carrots and chicken stock. The potatoes and squash are roasted together until tender, while the onions and carrots get sautéed until softened. The squash, potatoes and stock are then added to the pot with the onions and carrots and everything gets simmered before being pureed with an immersion blender or in a blender.
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